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Old 08-23-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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Ok I know that everyone thinks I'm a terrible NYer but I have to ask this question (and it's an honest, innocent question not meant to offend anyone so please just see it for what it is):

Wouldn't you rather have a thick NY accent that is understandable versus a southern accent that mixes and slurs all the words together that makes it impossible to understand?

My parents both have mild New England accents and my aunts and uncles all have very heavy NY accents, so I've become accustomed to both. Now that I live in Atlanta, I often take a step back and try to figure out why southern people with thick accents tell me that they can't understand me sometimes because of mine. The NY/New England accent might be annoying, but I just feel that it's hard to say southern accents are less annoying and more natural sounding than NY accents.

Know what I'm sayin'?
you're looking at it from your point of view. If you grew up in the South, you'd look at it differently. In reality, neither is more "natural-sounding" or better. Neither is more annoying. It's subjective

 
Old 08-23-2012, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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you're looking at it from your point of view. If you grew up in the South, you'd look at it differently. In reality, neither is more "natural-sounding" or better. Neither is more annoying. It's subjective
I knew someone was gonna say that but really if you step back and compare the accents, how isn't the southern accent more difficult to comprehend than a northern one? I definitely can see how some people could find the NY accent extremely annoying, but I mean jeez.

I'm gonna stop posting though as I know a bunch of people are gonna start jumping on me.
 
Old 08-23-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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I knew someone was gonna say that but really if you step back and compare the accents, how isn't the southern accent more difficult to comprehend than a northern one? I definitely can see how some people could find the NY accent extremely annoying, but I mean jeez.

I'm gonna stop posting though as I know a bunch of people are gonna start jumping on me.
It depends on who's speaking. You have really articulate people on both sides and people who are inarticulate on both sides.

This is a strong Southern accent, but is he hard to understand?


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Both accents deviate from "Standard English" mostly because they've changed the way that vowels are pronounced.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I don't know. I just hate it when people say "Melk" and "Pellow".


Those.....are supposed to be EEEEYYYYYYYEEEEEES!!!

Although, if I head up north, say Toronto....they say I sound American. Apparently, according to them, I would have pronounced that as "Amurican". Maybe I do...I have no idea. I guess, given my cities location, if we sound like anyone it's the people of Detroit. But it's pretty stange that only a half mile of water splits Windsor and Detroit apart, but there is still a significant difference in accents between the two of us. We say "garage", they say "gay-raj". We say "roof", they say "ruuf". Those Michigan country folks though, lol....they do sound pretty funny.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 04:08 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I have no idea. I guess, given my cities location, if we sound like anyone it's the people of Detroit. But it's pretty stange that only a half mile of water splits Windsor and Detroit apart, but there is still a significant difference in accents between the two of us. We say "garage", they say "gay-raj". We say "roof", they say "ruuf". Those Michigan country folks though, lol....they do sound pretty funny.
Haha, it's true. Crossing the bridge from Michigan to Canada gives you two completely different accents. Count me among the people who pronounce it "ruuf." And rural Michigan definitely has it's own unique accent! Most people from outside the state will never really hear it, though, unless they spend a lot of time talking to people in rural areas. It's actually different from anything else I've heard, including Wisconsin and Minnesota. Maybe we are too isolated up here in the peninsula. We don't have enough outsiders here to keep us in line.


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Old 08-24-2012, 04:18 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Here's a good example of the Michigan "country folk" accent. Except for the last girl... she sounds like she's from Wisconsin.


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Old 08-24-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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boston, hands down. if california surfer slime doesnt count
 
Old 08-31-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Washington DC's accent annoys me the most. Not the transplants of course but the natives.
 
Old 08-31-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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Washington DC's accent annoys me the most. Not the transplants of course but the natives.
Examples? I live near enough to DC but i've always thought of them having a standard eastern midland accent.
 
Old 08-31-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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nothing worse than a southern accent to my ears.
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