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Uh....huh.

The answer, in truth, is that I am *from* Philadelphia. And have been told by others that they can tell, although not in that "oh my god, your accent is so thick and obnoxious you sound like you were in the movie 'Rocky'" kind of way. The South??? Quoi? Yes, that's right. Because when you were born and raised in Philly and then you move to Boston and live there for 15 years, you end up with a Southern accent. Sure. Makes perfect sense.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The South
 

That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.

The Midland
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
The Inland North
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
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keiko_kirin
Nov. 3rd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
My result for this quiz ("The Midland") was more or less on the ball, but I remain skeptical that 13 questions can really pinpoint this with accuracy. It seems like the answer to just one question could make or break your results. (And also? I've heard you! You *don't* have a Southern accent!)
eregyrn
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yes! *Thank* you for the confirmation! :) Man...

I agree with you about the test itself. I was kind of shocked when I got to the bottom of the page and there wasn't a link to a page 2, at the very least. I was also surprised that they left off a number of words that I have always read were fairly good "tells" for regional accents -- quarter, wash, water. I suspect that there are some that would be difficult to explain to a website test-taker how to evaluate, but "kwah-ter" versus "korter" is fairly simple, as is "wahsh" versus "worsh". *shrug*
barkley
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
You're saying stuff wrong!! Ha! (My Colorado brother would probably fail too though because his accent has changed on specific words that he's trained himself out of.)

eregyrn
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
:) Either that, or they're asking me about the wrong words.

I grant you, I never had that MUCH of a Philly accent. Not like South Philly or North Philly or anything. But I have one friend from South Philly (who also didn't have a strong accent; and hmm, who's also now living in Colorado), and people used to tell us that when the two of us were in the same room, we strengthened each other's accents very slightly to the point where it became noticeable.

At least I haven't picked up any of the Boston accent, thank goodness.
nangi_akki
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
I think that meme is jacked up. I got "The West" which,granted, is where I'm living now but my Southern percentage was almost zero despite having spent K thru 12 in the Little Rock Public Schools.
emilytheslayer
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Having lived in LR for like, six years, I have to ask: which high school? And graduation year. We might know the same people, and that would be WEIRD. In a good way.
nangi_akki
Nov. 3rd, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
I was at Parkview Class of '83 but I also had some friends at Hall and Central. I was one of the dorks who played in the orchestra :)
emilytheslayer
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, you're going to kill me when I say this, but that's a bit before my time period. I was two when you graduated. :) But yeah, my boyfriend went to Hall, and I had a lot of friends go to Parkview.
nangi_akki
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
ooooh the pain! You just made me feel every one of my 40 years 10 months and 9 days -not that I'm counting...
yup - I'm *old* - Bill Clinton spoke at my graduation - he was the governor at the time :)
emilytheslayer
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Nice.
eregyrn
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Solidarity, man! I was h.s. class of '86. *eyes young'uns suspiciously*
eregyrn
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah.... you'd think you'd show more of a remnant of Southern, then.

I think that the test just really doesn't ask *enough* questions. It's too small a sampling.
jenlev
Nov. 3rd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
um....i swear that just doesn't make sense to me.
eregyrn
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well, good. I'll take the evidence of those who have actually heard me speak over that of an internet test any day. ;-)
jenlev
Nov. 6th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
good indeed...because really. ack.

and {{{hugs}}} just because.
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