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    Which American accent is your favorite?

    America has several distinct and stereotypical accents. Of course not everyone from that area will have an accent. I'm from Boston and most of the people I know here have a pretty neutral American accent, and likewise I've met people from Texas, Minnesota, and New Jersey who sound almost exactly like I do. But there are obviously, some people who do speak with those strong accents. So which accent do you like best? Southern drawls? Minnesota? New York? New Jersey? California? New England?

    I personally like the more subtle versions of accents. If someone has just a hint of a southern accent I find it very pleasant to the ear.

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    I love that New Orleans accent. My brother's lived there for most of his life, so despite being born in Michigan, his Louisiana accent is strong. But I can understand it, and that's what really counts. My mom's family is from Alabama and I can't always figure out what they're saying to me because they have strong accents on top of speaking fast.

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    I really like the texan accent, it could be because my grandmother was from there The accent I like the least is with no doubt the New York one! Sometimes I've such a hard time understanding what they say... specially when they speak too fast. The accent from texas on the other hand, is really sweet and easy to understand, but that's just my opinion

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    I've always been told that people from the Midwest have interesting accents. I live in Wisconsin and know a family that moved down to my lower part of Wisconsin from way up North. I went over to dinner at their house once and had to ask them (especially my friends father) to repeat their questions because it was hard for me to understand their accents. I was amazed that in my one state there were such different sounds. I know that where I live in Wisconsin that most people call fizzy drinks soda, however my family in the northern part of Wisconsin call it "pop". I think certain east coast accents sound nice. I remember I had a friend whom moved from California to Wisconsin in fourth grade and he had never heard of the word "bubbler" before. He said that everyone down in his area called them drinking fountains.

    So why does this happen? Why do accents develop and why are things called different names based on peoples geographical locations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    I've always been told that people from the Midwest have interesting accents. I live in Wisconsin and know a family that moved down to my lower part of Wisconsin from way up North. I went over to dinner at their house once and had to ask them (especially my friends father) to repeat their questions because it was hard for me to understand their accents. I was amazed that in my one state there were such different sounds. I know that where I live in Wisconsin that most people call fizzy drinks soda, however my family in the northern part of Wisconsin call it "pop". I think certain east coast accents sound nice. I remember I had a friend whom moved from California to Wisconsin in fourth grade and he had never heard of the word "bubbler" before. He said that everyone down in his area called them drinking fountains.

    So why does this happen? Why do accents develop and why are things called different names based on peoples geographical locations?
    I will never get used to the word soda. It will always be pop to me! And I've never heard of bubbler before either, we call them drinking fountains in Michigan as well.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    I like Southern accents. Well, I guess I'm biased because I am from the South and find southern drawls to feel so homely and nurturing if that makes sense But I also find accents from New York and New Jersey to be very intriguing. Its very interesting to hear a conversation between someone from the South and someone from up north because of the accent contrasts.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    I like all Southern accents, especially New Orleans and Georgia. I joke that I should have been born in the South - I love the accents and the food, and absolutely hate our midwestern winters here in Michigan.

    On the soda/pop question, I'm odd. I traveled so much as a kid, back in the days before the internet made differences in usage and vocabulary common knowledge, that I picked up the habit of calling it soda. Why? Because even in Michigan, where everyone calls it pop, if you go into a restaurant and order a soda the waitress knows what you mean. But back then, there were places where ordering a pop just got you a blank stare.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    Unlike many people, I've always been fond of the of East Coast accents from Boston and New York. Mostly because they were, and are the accents of my relatives that are increasingly no longer with me. My beloved grandfather was a New Yorker and it came out every time he opened his mouth. I have fond memories of sitting in his lap and him talking and reading to me, and I can still hear that wonderful accent of his.

    I grew up in Chicago, and we have our own accent here that was most epitomized by our former mayor. I wouldn't necessarily call it a pretty one (I wouldn't call the New York accent a pretty one either, but that doesn't change my fondness of it). I've been told that I have a bit of it myself when I've traveled and by my relatives out east, and while sometimes I may have preferred ending up with an accept that doesn't have the connotations it has, for the most part I like that I have the sense of place that comes with having a bit of a regional accent. It doesn't hurt that I like where I'm from, despite all its flaws. However, like much of the country, including New York, not everyone has the accent associated with their region or city, and accents are often regionally different and class-based even within a small geographical area such as a city.
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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    Ahh...the Southern accent is my favorite, going away...but I am a Southerner. The South Louisiana accent is my fave, but I can handle all of the varieties, except when they get too twangy. I am intrigued by people from the far Northeast: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts. I love listening to them because they are so different than mine.

    My family is originally from the Midwest, so I don't think "they" really have accents. At least not Missourians. Two differences I noticed: my parents say warsh for wash, and pop for Coke (which is the generic term in the South).

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    I too love a good, strong Texan accent. I live in Boston so you don't hear it that often. It may sound silly but that would be one of the reasons I would travel to Texas - just to hear the accent! Of course having Tex-Mex food would be on the list too.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

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    I too love a good, strong Texan accent. I live in Boston so you don't hear it that often. It may sound silly but that would be one of the reasons I would travel to Texas - just to hear the accent! Of course having Tex-Mex food would be on the list too.
    The Boston accent is pretty cool too. My cousins moved from Detroit to Boston when we were just kids and I couldn't believe how quickly they picked up the accent!

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    I'm a fan of southern accents and Jersey Accents. I'm from Maine myself and am so thankful that I didn't pick up the accent. Not everyone has it, but those that do its "wicked thick" it's funny, my friend who's lived in Alabama since she moved from Maine in 1993 has a very thick southern accent to ME, but her friends in Alabama still consider her to sound New Englandish, even after all this time.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    I'm originally from New England and have been living in the south for over 15 years but have a pretty standard American accent. But it's interesting that you said people from Boston don't have an accent because whenever I go back to visit family they have a very distinct Bostonian accent. I don't really have a favorite one, they all can be very interesting.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    It is the same with me. When I talk here in the South, people say I don't sound Southern, even though I've lived in the South nearly all my life. But if I go see my relatives in Missouri, they say I sound Southern. Go figure.

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    Re: Which American accent is your favorite?

    New Orleans and California top the list for me. I also enjoy the subtle accents....strong southern drawls or overly accentuated "new yorker" stereotypes drive me crazy.

 

 

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