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Old 08-03-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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Originally Posted by jpchi60630 View Post
so why do accents exist anyways? whats wrong with phonetically correct proper english,
Languages are living, changing things and all accents are the "proper English" for their particular dialect. There is really no correct way to speak English no matter how many high school teachers insist on the "rules".

 
Old 08-03-2012, 11:00 PM
 
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I grew up in the military. My dad was born in central Minnesota and my mom was born in California. I live in lots of different places when I was younger until my dad retired from the military when I was eight and we moved to California, I lived there for a few years and I'd like to think I didn't have a strong accent of any particular kind at all. Then I moved to central Minnesota and got a shock when entering fifth grade. Minnesota has a very strong accent, but it's definitely not as strong as what you would think of when watching movies that have that stereotypical Minnesotan accent.

I've lived up in Northern Minnesota for about five years now and though I'm pretty sure I say a lot of things that Minnesotans say a lot of (Such as "I suppose" "Alrighty" "You know"), I still don't have a strong accent like my friends. And living on the border to Canada, it's very different then southern Minnesota. I know when traveling down to the Twin Cities, it's obvious that we talk a lot slower then them.

I think my biggest pet peeve of the Minnesotan accent that I still to this day have trouble getting over, is when instead of say 'bag' or 'flag' or 'tag' they pronounce it 'beg' 'fleg' and 'teg'. It drives me nuts!
 
Old 08-04-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Boston is pretty grating.
So is that Call Me Maybe song.
 
Old 08-04-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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A strong St. Louis accent is pretty annoying to me. Corn has an O in it, not an A.
 
Old 08-04-2012, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I am definitely not a big fan of the Southern accent, although on occasion it can actually make a girl more appealing for some reason to me. I'm not sure if it's the southern accent so much as it is the hillbilly country accent that really annoys me. It shows up in the southern Midwest as well as in the South.
 
Old 08-04-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I am definitely not a big fan of the Southern accent, although on occasion it can actually make a girl more appealing for some reason to me. I'm not sure if it's the southern accent so much as it is the hillbilly country accent that really annoys me. It shows up in the southern Midwest as well as in the South.
Seems like a lot of guys who don't like the southern accent are attracted to chicks with southern accents though. I wonder if southern chicks would like my northern accent...
 
Old 08-04-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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A strong St. Louis accent is pretty annoying to me. Corn has an O in it, not an A.
hehehe yeah I gotta admit it can get annoying at times. Quarter=Quawwwrter, Forty=Farty, Forest Park=Farest Park. The good news for you is that the St. Louis accent is virtually non-existent among the younger generations...the Northern Cities shift has virtually killed it beyond the Baby Boomers. It will one day be extinct. I was raised close to the city limits and show virtually zero traces of it. My friend's dad has a strong St. Louis accent, but he himself has no accent.
 
Old 08-04-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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North Jersey/New York
 
Old 08-05-2012, 05:04 AM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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For some reason, the accents spoken in the "Northern Cities Vowel Shift" cities annoy me which include Cleveland, Chicago, Rochester, Buffalo, etc. Some people in that region think they have no accent but it is very distinct.
 
Old 08-05-2012, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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For some reason, the accents spoken in the "Northern Cities Vowel Shift" cities annoy me which include Cleveland, Chicago, Rochester, Buffalo, etc. Some people in that region think they have no accent but it is very distinct.
No one thinks they have an accent lol.
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