I Have A Midland Accent

I’m fascinated by accents. I can’t get over how the way people speak is completely determined by their environment. If you were just born a few states down, your speech pace and pronunciation would be different. And you have no say in it: your parents chose for you when they picked where to raise you.

Americans forget that other foreigners see our accent as exotic as we see theirs. I’ve run into some foreign girls who have admitted that my accent is indeed hot. That did not include any British chicks though. The British see the American accent as a mangled, less proper version of their own. Fuck the British, I say. If you want to make a British person upset, ask them if they are Australian. (It’s kind of like how we get pissed if someone thinks we are Canadian.)

Anyway, I always tell foreigners that they should learn English from me since I have the generic accent that you’d hear on TV. This pronunciation quiz proves I wasn’t bullshiting:

[You have] the default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it’s a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn’t mean you’re from the Midland.

While I don’t care for the French culture, I have to say their accent arouses me the most, man or woman.

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Kristin
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A Scottish boy once told me that he could listen to me talk for hours. I thought him insane.

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Nice test. Apparently, I also have a midland accent. I agree, French accents are hot. I also have a thing for British and German accents.

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I love the FOB sleepy head accent. It makes me think of happy endings

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I’m completely Australian, I did the quiz and I’m more like “Northeastern”ers.
Your dictionary is based on the language there, so the quiz says anyway:
Most people don’t know it but this is actually what dictionaries are based on. If you don’t believe me, pick up any American dictionary and look up “source” and “sauce” and you’ll see they are written with the same vowel pronunciation.

so there you go.

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Accents definitely do it for me – I just like listening to people talk, and can tab someone immediately from a place I’ve lived in or know a lot of people from. It freaks out North Carolinians I haven’t met. Also, I blame UNC for me qualifying as “Southern” on that accent quiz, despite growing up in NYC.

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UNC, and many years in NC prior, apparently didn’t knock the Philly out of me enough to keep me from also being labeled Midland. I declare this test to be bullshit.

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Call me what you will, but a woman with a Southern accent makes me melt. It’s the Northern Elitist in me I guess. That and, god help me, Aussies.

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er….arousal…man or woman, Roosh?

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The southern accent is by far the worst….

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I am Irish – northeastern too smile

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New Zealand, apparently northeastern, haha. Pretty much all those words should be pronounced differently!

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To be honest it really doesnt affend us English if you say that we sound Australian Tbh it probably offends them more and we cannot really tell the difference between the different us state languages i just thought u needed to be told straight. Sorry if the truth hurts but lifes a Bitch and the English rule razz

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I also got Midland but several people with more of an ear for such things correctly identified that I grew up in Denver based on my accent. Weird stuff.