Monday, November 20, 2006

Tawk, Talk, Tock

Good thing I wrote something the other day in anticipation. I want to maintain the NaBoPoMo, but my effing foot hurts so effing much I can't believe it and I can hardly think. More later. For now, this is how I talk:


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"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.

Boston
The West
The Northeast
The Inland North
Philadelphia
North Central
The South
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

As you may have realized, I was born and raised in southern New Hampshire, which some people argue is really northern Massachusetts. So you might expect me to have a "Boston accent." And my parents do. Thick. What you don't know is that I don't sound like my parents, at all. They sound like they should be voice coaches for actors playing characters from Boston. (In fact Jeff Bridges totally should have hired them when he made Blown Away because his accent was The.Worst.Boston.Accent.Evah)

When I was young, about ten or so, I made a conscious decision not to sound like them. I practiced English by listening to Chet Curtis and Natalie Jacobson, with whom my mom went to college. So it is entirely unironic that I "have a good voice for TV and radio."

You can only hear vestiges of the accent now when I say Bawstin. I can't really imitate my parents. Oh no, I can say, "It was a wicked hahd slapshawt."

4 comments:

Lee said...

Yow. My mom had that surgery several years ago, and she was really surprised by how much it hurt. She thought she'd be back to work that afternoon. But no.

I didn't want to tell you that in my earlier comment, but now you know why you've been on my mind all day.

Feel better soon and don't skimp on the pain meds!

Stitchermommy said...

Hope that your foot is feeling better soon.

Where abouts in NH were you raised? I live in Manchester. Small world huh??? LOL LOL

Barbara said...

I hope you'll be back on your feet (literally) again very soon, and pain-free!

I had a bit of a Maine accent when I went away to college and made a very conscious effort to lose it. Then when I moved to Europe, I had a very obvious American accent, which I've also tried to lose. Most people think I'm Canadian now. ;>

Laren said...

Hope you feel better soon.

I'm Aussie but I took the test and it said I'm from the Northeast possibly New York, which actually makes sense. I love linguistics.

Cheers,
Laren