Saturday, December 01, 2007

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

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South
The West
Philadelphia
Boston
The Northeast
The Inland North
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Roberta X had this fun test on her blog recently.

I love where it speculates that I may be from Dallas (I'm not, though I live there now) and that I have "a good voice for tv and radio." Accent-wise, yeah, but everytime I hear recordings of my own voice, I keep envisioning Drew Barrymore with an I.V. heavy-flow drip (deluge) of espresso, for some reason. *Spaz mode* I sound really dorky.

[odd, unrelated: my prof in German class was a Wiesbaden native, and she said I spoke German with the cutest French accent. Go figure.]

Anyway, they could have narrowed the respondents down to Texas alone if they'd had a "fixin'ta" question. Here, one who is about to go to the store might say "Do you need me to pick up something fer ya, 'cause I'm fixin'ta (fixing to) go to the store."

I think I'm right, right? That is a Texas-ism, innit? Do any of y'all from forn parts say "fixing to?"

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If that guy's name is FavRe, they why oh why do people pronounce it "faRve?" Gack!

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Where's that drive-by comment-lobbing rabbit been lately? And I want him to write me about his West Memphis exploits - I lived there for 7 years...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the heck is Favre? Is he forn? I got The Midland, weird cause I'm so much more redneck than you, I wanted it to say The South. A

Rabbit said...

I'm around, Phlegmmy. I've just been overwhelmed at work and when I come home, I've been folding up in the bed watching House reruns and such...and the History Channel, of course.

Oddly, I had a notion you sounded like Drew on caffeine. That's not a bad thing. I joke with some of my clients that they pay big money to speak with a native-English speaker, then apologise, since I was raised in East Texas and hence 'english' isn't really my first language. Yes, I say "fixin' to", among other colorful colloquialisms. Mimic that I am, I was on an international conference call earlier in the week and got to slide into my Glaswegian burr, which was fun for all. I've had the 'radio voice' comment too. Of course, the family owned a radio station when I was a kid, and I worked at my college radio station. When I found out there's no money in it (Russ Martin notwithstanding), it was quickly dropped as a potential career option, however. I also have a face made for radio.

I'll see what I can do about putting together a brief note on my life in Arkansas. I've got a lot to try to get done this weekend, so don't expect it anytime soon, though. I do ned to get to the range for therapy, though.

Regards,
Rabbit.

Christina said...

I've done that quiz twice, and another like it once, and it always comes up that I have a north eastern accent...

Say WHAT?

I've never lived in the north east of the US in my entire life.

Maybe that's what comes of having a father raised in Hawaii and a German native for a mother...
At least I don't have a GERMAN accent when I speak 'merican!

Lin said...

The West. . made sense since I was raised on the West Coast (northern cold part).

But when I moved up here from living down near the MO/Arkansas border for 9 years everyone asked what part of the south I was from.

Huh? I had an accent? So I would respond. . "I don't know what y'all are talkin about!"

That's gone now after almost 10 years up here, now I just sound like I've lived in 7 states, all very far apart, which I have.

Myron said...

And it tells me:

"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."

I remember coming home on leave after nearly 2 years and Baby Sister telling my "yew sound lak a damn yankee." At least that's what it sounded like then. And it was agonizingly slow. Now, she sounds normal. Almost. She's lived in New York state,Kansas, California, St. Louis and back in California since the TWA pilot got out of the Air Force in '67. She tries to sound like us but she has a hard time of it.

And why is Blogger making me use my Google/Blogger identity? Are they worried about WordPress?

Roberta X said...

Oooo! Thanxlinx!

...I do say "fixin'ta," which Dad's side said occasionally, but I slide between dialects: his people slung a Missouri-influenced, south-of-US-40 lingo, slow-ish, while Mom's side were rapid, elliptical, pedantic and Inland-Northern of speech. This meant frustration for him at the dinner table, since his offspring matched his accent to Mom's speed and vocabulary! ("Will jus' one'ayuh slow down an' finish'a'thought???" Gee, I miss him).

Last time I was in DFW, I noticed the natives talked about the same as me, maybe a mite slower but I thought that was just from the heat. ;)

Hammer said...

I'm the same. Growing up in the midwest, southwest and Texas made my accent generic.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well, this is rather fitting, considering that I am indeed Canadian:

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

However, I do think that the characters in Fargo sound very very North Dakotan, which I certainly do not.

Great little quiz!

g bro said...

Great! It says I'm from Philadelphia - wrong!

I say fixin' to.

Because he's from Mississippi.

phlegmfatale said...

A - you sound WAY more Southern than I do. Favre - some basketball player everyone keeps talking about

rabbit - well, good to know you're still around, then. Yeah, the East Texas thang is pretty thick, and Glaswegian *impressive!* is pretty murky, too. I'll bet you throw those furriners for a loop. I'll love to hear if we every sorta crossed paths in WM

christina - oddly, to me, you sound like someone I knew from the Pacific NW, of German descent. Coincidence? I think not!

lin - well, you HAVE gotten around, haven't you, darling? I lived in my first 3 states for my first 6 years of life, stayed in the first one again for 7 years, and then it was on to texas where I've been 29 years.

myron - I figured you sounded like the local salt-of-the-earth, even if you do gravitate to wet, salty locales. I dunno - that comment thingie is different, suddenly, isn't it? Annoying.

roberta - you're welcome. Yeah, we can be sorta slow talkers here, but you've gotta go to East Texas or the Panhandle to really appreciate slow talking. It's something else. I like it.

hammer - Not surprised.

barbara - you must have some radio interview on the net somewhere so's people can hear you? I'll bet you sound as cute as you look

g bro - You old cheese-steak! I say fixin'ta all the time.

DirtCrashr said...

Duuude! That's so gnarly, it's like totally not Californian, forsure we don't have an accent - we have, like, a language?

phlegmfatale said...

dirtcrashr - Totally!

Christina said...

dirtcrashr - LOL!

Slightly amusing tale.

The attorney who negotiated my contract for the surrogacy was from California, and he TOTALLY sounded like a surfer-dude/lawyer. I had to refrain from laughing numerous times during the negotiation process 'cause it would have seemed weird, which would have not reassured the intended parents!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Me too, Midland.

Buck Pennington said...

I'm "Midland," as well. I suppose that could be "normal," since I was drug around the world (and the USofA) from an early age by my USAF-father. I continued as I began for 22 years and numerous countries/states in my own (USAF) right. But Mom was from Jawja and had an accent so thick you could cut it with the proverbial knife. And she never lost it. It must not have rubbed off on me (much).

I say "fixin ta" a lot... and doubtlessly have other verbal quirks, as well. I've been called out more than a few times on some of my Brit-isms, usually in the form of "Hunh?"

J.R.Shirley said...

I got Midlands, too...