January 26, 2008
Your American English Accent Divined
For this side of the Atlantic people only, a test of American English regional accents. It came out correct for me, divining my Noo Yawk origins, although the results appear to be generically regional (N. East) in determining accent origin rather than very local. But for each of doze of y'all who may reckon to be fixin' to enjoy some soda pop (soda pap?) and do some regional American linguistics, pack yaw caah in the havid yad, and give it a try.
How odd. It came out right for me as well (Inland North--Chicago). I think "about" gave me away.
Posted by: elmey at January 27, 2008 08:21 PM
Great Lakers are cloudy on the "Mary, marry, merry" distinction too, I think, which Noo Yawkiz nail pretty well, I add with regional pride.
Posted by: matthew hogan at January 27, 2008 09:43 PM
Apparently I have a boston accent, although I've only been in the states for 3 years (and all of them in California); I guess I'm not the best candidate for the quiz :)
Now, I know some people pronounce merry differently than Mary, but is there a difference between Mary and marry? And what's this thing about "bag" and "vague"?
Posted by: m. at January 28, 2008 03:24 AM
I got northeast as well. Never set foot in the states.
Over in the main Aqoul site, does anyone else get an old version of the homepage? I know there are new entries because I can access them using the > thingy at the top of the page but for some reason I can't see them on the homepage. Tried refreshing many times. Is it a firefox thing?
Posted by: Ali K at January 28, 2008 01:12 PM
I get Midland, which is probably a combo of mixed East Coast/Midwest upbringing with East Coast parents. (Oddly my parents, who grew up within 50 miles of each other in NJ, have totally different accents. Mom is very Philly/South Jersey, and Dad is relatively neutral.)
Posted by: Eva Luna at January 29, 2008 09:55 AM
I know some people pronounce merry differently than Mary, but is there a difference between Mary and marry? And what's this thing about "bag" and "vague"?
At least in NY, "Mary" rhymes with "hairy" like 'a' in "care"; and "marry" has the a of "hat" and rhymes with "Harry; "merry" rhymes with "very".
I do recall some folks in Texas who rhymed flag and vague. Flag sounded like flague with the proverbial "long a" of English.
Posted by: matthew hogan at January 29, 2008 08:56 PM
Midland here. Surprise, I have a no-accent accent.
Fascinating, I'm said to hail from the North-East. Knowing next to nothing about American accents, I suppose that's as close to a North European English accent one can get?
Posted by: Ibn Kafka at February 19, 2008 06:13 AM
OMG, I've got the Minnesota accent. Nooooooooooooooooooo!
Posted by: mbk at February 24, 2008 06:08 AM