I Don’t Have an Accent

Sometimes we search things and come up with the total wrong results. And sometimes those results lead us to take unscientific tests in order to find out the most trivial of things. Or, is that just me?
When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to travel all over the US. And one thing was present in those journeys; people noticed my Minnesota accent. When I moved back here from the west coast I found out why it was so noticeable. But, according to the results of this test I am no longer strongest in Midwestern pronunciations. Click here and tell me what you get.

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The West
 

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you’re a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

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

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28 Responses to I Don’t Have an Accent

  1. Greg says:

    I took the quiz and it said that my accent was “Inland North”. That’s funny because I grew up at Padre Island (south Texas). It sort of makes sense though. Apparently, I have a strange way of talking; I’m always asked what part of Europe I’m from. Why? I don’t know.

  2. stephanie says:

    What American accent do you have? Your Result: North Central “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.The West The Midland Boston The Inland North Philadelphia The South The Northeast What American accent do you have?Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

  3. dohopoki says:

    “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.

    I get that a lot, honestly.

  4. Billy says:

    Everyone tells me I have a surfer accent. I hope that doesn’t mean I sound dumb.

  5. essaytch says:

    Apparently, I’m a “midlander”….although I’ve never lived outside the PNW. Hmmmm…..

  6. Billy says:

    It says I don’t have an accent and I would be good for tv or radio. Then again it said I could be from Atlanta or Charleston. Strange, I was born in Charleston and live in Atlanta.

  7. Guise Dugal says:

    Apparently, I have a Northeast accent.

  8. Mystie says:

    It says I have a Boston accent. WTF? I may have a deep voice, but it’s certainly all Pennsylvanian.

    Also, I think Billy and DJ D sound the same. At least from my recollection.

  9. kittymao says:

    D-a?

    Damn thing says I have a Midwest accent…
    says people ask me if I’m from Minna-soda.
    My pop’s from minna-soda. I
    must’ve picked it up from him.
    Altho- I am just WEIRD.
    At least I don’t sound all west-y.
    Like I should.

  10. kristiane says:

    Sound like this test is not all that accurate. Though it was for me. Next we can talk about who says soda and who says pop.
    kitty- aren’t you from Wisconsin? Seems to me the accent is the same.

  11. Amy says:

    DAMN…I’m worse than I thought…it’s right on.

    What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The Inland North

    You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

    I don’t always say pop…I think it’s about 50/50. I can get pretty nasally though.

    And, can I just say…due to lack of anything new on x-e, I watched one of those old waiterbot vlogs, and Matt’s “voice” that he did really freaked me out. I know it’s not his real voice (…right?), but even if it’s a variation, it just seemed wrong. Like finally seeing someone you talked to on the phone a million times and they dont look anything like what you thought. Just had to get that out.

  12. kristiane says:

    Yeah, Waiterbot’s voice is eerie. Yet I need more vlogs from him.
    Matt: I know you can hear me. Can we get an update from the freaky-hacking-mutant-toy please?

  13. Greg says:

    Kristiane, we should also talk about the differences in the use of the name Kleenex and the word tissue.

  14. kristiane says:

    Greg- Agreed. Only the important stuff will be discussed here. I say Kleenex.

  15. dohopoki says:

    Yes, Matt’s voice was not at all what I imagined even considering he was doing a weird thing. I’m usually good at imagining voices.

  16. mclassen says:

    It hit me right on the head. Inland North and we do call soda: pop. Fun quiz.

    Check out my blog “What Were They Thinking?

  17. fikalo says:

    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.

    This is pretty funny. I have no idea what it means though as I’m Australian. I’m not from New York and have never been in America… So I wonder what it is that makes the similarities between New York and Australia?! In terms of Australians, I have a tendency to change my accent depending on social situations – but normally I sound like a southern Victorian rural-type – that is, a bit slow, a lot of slang, and a lot of phrases that my migrant friends regularly have to ask to be interpreted!

    We call them tissues.

  18. StruttinWolf says:

    I don’t know any of you, saw this post on WordPress.com.

    Anyways, it said I had a “Midland” accent. Which is funny b/c I live in NY, and every knows I’m from the South. Because I am from the rural South!! I don’t think the test differentiates very well between non-accents (proper phonetics I assume) and Southern. I did score lowest on the Boston accent, so that seems appropriate.

    To me, “feel” has two syllables. FEE-ul. “On” is pronounced “own”. “Stalk” is “stawlk”. Whatever, my mom has a very strong Appalachian accent, I can’t even understand her sometimes. lol I suppose I’m not that bad.

  19. Amy says:

    I say kleenex. It’s not a proper noun as far as I’m concerned. Also, there’s some sort of bubbler vs. drinking fountain controversy that I’ve heard before. I think I say both. Like I say swimsuit and bathing suit also.

    The worst…I used to work with a girl who was from northern Wisconsin. To her, a salad was a “lettuce salad” and sloppy joe’s (or whatever you happen to call them) were called “spanish hamburger.” That seemed weird to me. She also said “tis morning” instead of “this morning.” She may or may not have been married to her first cousin as well…

  20. dohopoki says:

    “On” is pronounced “own”.
    I don’t know about that one, I can’t ignore a w like that. Even Know doesn’t sound like No to me.

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  22. kristiane says:

    Struttin Wolf- I did see that, must be the reason I have 8 zillion hits today.
    I love how into accents and regional phrases people can get.

  23. Michael says:

    It said I “definitely” have a boston accent. I think the quiz failed me.

    People have always said I don’t have an accent, which is kind of impossible. I would like to be able to pull off a Boston accent though.

  24. kristiane says:

    I think you should Micheal, at least for your soon-to-be illegal radio show that i cannot wait for.

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  26. JoshC says:

    “the inland north”
    which is quite strange, seeing as how im from eastern Cananda.

  27. kristiane says:

    Hey! Josh C! Thanks for the visit.

  28. JayCee says:

    I have an “Inland North” accent which makes sense since I grew up in northern WI, but I have been going to school in MN (MPLS/STP) for 4 years, and no one here talks like people in the movie fargo.

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