Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New York? Really?

I've been working on a more serious posting, one that was triggered by a question a friend asked me at book club last week. It's still percolating and isn't quite finished yet. So, in the meantime, check me out! I've borrowed a meme.

I saw this yesterday on Postcards from the Mothership, and was intrigued by the idea that you could have your linguistics assessed without anyone having to actually listen to you speak. That's kind of like having someone paint a picture of your kids by asking you random questions about hair colour and height but not letting you see what they're doing so you can correct their inaccuracies.

So here's my result:

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

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Inland North
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

North Jersey? New York City? Seriously??

I figured I'd end up with 'North Central' -- the Fargo-like accent that has speakers 'often mistaken for Canadians'. I have a friend from upstate New York named Paula. Once, on the phone I mistook her for another Paula, this one from Newfoundland. Both have accents. Neither one sounds like the other, and I don't sound like either. I just sound...normal.

Except in French class. Then I have a really bad English accent. Sérieusement.


  1. I took the quiz and mine was dead on. It said that I was from the midland (midwest), so it was right on target. It also said that I basically don't have an accent. I guess that's good.

  2. I am "midland" as well. So, no accent here. I'm Canadian--that's why--WE don't have accents--Americans do!! lol So, Alison...New Yahk, eh? What's up with that?

  3. Damned if I know, Susan. I don't think I have an accent at all. In 2004 I met up with a bunch of women that I had only known up til then online. I remember one of them saying that I had the cutest Canadian accent. WTF? Other than saying 'eh' I don't know what would constitute a Canadian accent. A Newfoundlander, sure, but is there a generic Canadian accent? Oh, and the woman who said this didn't think she had that much of an accent, but to my ears: pure Boston. (For Bundles readers, it was Sandra, you know, "wicked funny", lol)

  4. Anonymous3:08 PM

    I just bet Sandra sounds like Boston. I can just imagine.

    I took the quiz, too... I bet you can't even guess what the results were ;-)

    Yep, The South. Surprise! Midland was second in line. I loved visiting Niagra Falls a few years back and everyone--EVERYONE--commenting on my "cute" accent. Sheesh--they were the ones with the accents! I just speak normally.