Do you have an accent?

Do you have an accent?

kaykay0427 kaykay0427
If you went somewhere else in the country, Would someone be able to tell that you weren't from the neighborhood. I clearly have a Boston/Worcester accent. You would know where I was from.
02/27/2013
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phoenixfire phoenixfire
Quote:
Originally posted by kaykay0427
If you went somewhere else in the country, Would someone be able to tell that you weren't from the neighborhood. I clearly have a Boston/Worcester accent. You would know where I was from.
I have a strange accent. No one can ever quite place it. I was raised in the South, but I grew up in a house full of Midwestern adults. I love to watch British period pieces as well, so that probably doesn't help. I'm perfectly comfortable using a word like "y'all", but I say it with a twang that just doesn't fit. Sometimes, I'll admit that I do that kind of thing just to mess with people. XD
02/27/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I've recently come to terms with the fact that I do have a slight accent. The Pacific Northwest accent isn't strong, but there are certain words we usually say different.
02/27/2013
The Vixen The Vixen
Well I don't have the Pacific Northwest accent like I hear in some of my family members here. I also don't have any east coast or southern accents.

Of course if I went out of the country people would say I have an american accent. But as far as the US is concerned, I don't think I have one.
02/27/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by phoenixfire
I have a strange accent. No one can ever quite place it. I was raised in the South, but I grew up in a house full of Midwestern adults. I love to watch British period pieces as well, so that probably doesn't help. I'm perfectly comfortable ...
Are you me? Except for the "y'all" part, I'm a midwesterner transplanted to the south at a young age, and I watch tons of Brit shows. Did you notice if you speak with the British cadence, even though the accent really isn't obvious?

I think I have the American Basic (what my ex-husband called "Radio Basic" in the Army), although my vowels are a little more drawn out. I do have a habit of picking up whatever accent I'm around, which has varied from Bostonian to Yiddish. I really cannot wait until I get to visit friends in Glasgow, Scotland, and pick up their Glaswegian burr. XD
02/27/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Yes, I do have a accent. I live in Ohio now but people can tell I am not from here. I have the Massachusetts accent still.
02/27/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by kaykay0427
If you went somewhere else in the country, Would someone be able to tell that you weren't from the neighborhood. I clearly have a Boston/Worcester accent. You would know where I was from.
I don't really think I do, but I've been told by a handful of people that I do. I guess it depends on where the other person is from and if they have an accent! LOL
02/27/2013
GONE! GONE!
Sort of. I've been told I do.
02/27/2013
phoenixfire phoenixfire
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Are you me? Except for the "y'all" part, I'm a midwesterner transplanted to the south at a young age, and I watch tons of Brit shows. Did you notice if you speak with the British cadence, even though the accent really isn't ...
I have been told both that I speak "Broadcast English" and "the Queen's English". (Don't know if I believe that second one.) The Southern part of my accent tends to creep up on me in syntax if I get lazy. (Thankfully, that's not often.)

For instance, what do you call it? Dinner or supper? Coke, cola, pop? Soda pop?

I use both dinner and supper. Supper may indicate something less formal, done on the run. Dinner and supper may be the same thing, depending on my mood. Then there is Dinner which is a BFD, and you can hear the capital "D" in my inflection.

i.e. "We are going to a wonderful romantic restaurant for our anniversary Dinner."
02/27/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
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Originally posted by phoenixfire
I have been told both that I speak "Broadcast English" and "the Queen's English". (Don't know if I believe that second one.) The Southern part of my accent tends to creep up on me in syntax if I get lazy. (Thankfully, ...
I use soda. I also use dinner and supper depending on how I use it.
02/27/2013
hillys hillys
nope, and I'm from the south too.
02/27/2013
DawnStar DawnStar
Not really.
02/27/2013
SecondStory SecondStory
Everyone has an accent, but mine is pretty standard for the area I live in (northwestern US).
02/27/2013
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by kaykay0427
If you went somewhere else in the country, Would someone be able to tell that you weren't from the neighborhood. I clearly have a Boston/Worcester accent. You would know where I was from.
I have a southern accent.
02/27/2013
WhoopieDoo WhoopieDoo
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Are you me? Except for the "y'all" part, I'm a midwesterner transplanted to the south at a young age, and I watch tons of Brit shows. Did you notice if you speak with the British cadence, even though the accent really isn't ...
Holy shit. I just happened to see this when I was preparing to respond to phoenixfire with a "Are you me?"

I've lived in Mississippi for my entire life, but nobody here notices the southern-ness of my accent. The think I'm from "up north." When I venture north (say, Illinois or South Dakota, where my parents are from), the southern in my voice is easily recognizable.

I too watch tons of Brit shows. I'm watching Peep Show right now.

Oh, and everyone has an accent.
02/27/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by SecondStory
Everyone has an accent, but mine is pretty standard for the area I live in (northwestern US).
I was just about to mention that - everyone everywhere has an accent, no matter what language they speak.
02/27/2013
married with children married with children
I am sure. We all have accents when out of our area.
02/27/2013
Martiniman Martiniman
I don't think so, but I am from Texas.
02/28/2013
peachmarie peachmarie
Like people are saying, you can have a regional accent that's not over the top but it can be detected. The only word that I say weird is "No" I say "No-ah" like noah the name, I don't know why.
02/28/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
I had someone from Scotland tell me recently that I had a "cool accent."
02/28/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Not unless you think ohioans have an accent.
02/28/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I'm a Mainer, but no matter where I am, I don't sound like one. I could be in a southern state and no one would ever guess I was from Maine.
02/28/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
Not unless you think ohioans have an accent.
I think Ohioans have a accent. Like I said I am not from here. I am from Massachusetts they can tell that I have one. I can tell that they have one.
02/28/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Michiganders and Ohioans do have an accent. When we speak we have a lazy tongue. We use a LOT more contractions, e.g. would've, could've, sorta, kinda, etc. and tend to drop the last letters of words. Then again, we have towns like Mackinac City, pronounced like "MAK-in-aw". "Flint" is pronounced more like "Flin-h", sort of a glutteral stop.
02/28/2013
Vanille Vanille
I'm from Jersey, I say things like "dawg" "cawfee" "wada" and "lobstah."

This is more of a speech impediment but "th" containing words are said with the "f" sound.
02/28/2013
misterazor misterazor
Quote:
Originally posted by kaykay0427
If you went somewhere else in the country, Would someone be able to tell that you weren't from the neighborhood. I clearly have a Boston/Worcester accent. You would know where I was from.
we all have accents.
my accent is nasal...damn it.
02/28/2013
spiced spiced
I grew up in the south and live in the NYC area. Somehow, I sound more NYC than Piedmont, but I do say y'all! If I'm back home for a few days, I get the South back in my mouth.
03/01/2013
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I just sound like a posh English person.
03/01/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
Every single person on Earth has an accent.
03/02/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
Not really. Other than "Valley Girl", what accent is there for California? And, by no means am I a "gangster from the neighborhood". I'm sure to someone else I do, but I'm not sure how it would be described.
03/02/2013
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