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Old 06-25-2014, 01:09 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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The Great Plains into the flatlands in central IL / IN /OH are pretty accent neutral but northern and southern areas of the Midwest do have noticeable accents. My father in law is a Southern Indiana native. He sounds like a Yupper (UP of Michign resident) trying to impersonate a southern accent LOL. He has his own vocabulary.

Wheelbarrow = wheel berry
washing machine - warshing machine

I need a translator to understand people from the Scandinavian settled areas of the Great Lakes
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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I wasn't going to respond anymore but you want to talk about growing a thicker skin? The main reason I left St Louis was because the inability to go anywhere without getting hit on was getting tiring. As a then-24-year-old woman who is in shape and dresses nicely, I got hit on at least once a day, and I say AT LEAST once a day, meaning on some days it was more like 5 or 6 times. The St Louis men all seem to be sex-starved and you don't know what having a "thick skin" means until you've had random men grabbing your arm, shoulders, hands, etc when they don't even know you. It was an endless "where are you from?" closely followed by a "do you have a boyfriend?" On at least one occasion I felt like I was going to get raped by this one man who I considered a friend but locked the doors to his car and refused to let me out until I kicked him.

Don't tell me to grow a "thicker skin" until you know what it feels like to constantly feel like you're going to be raped every single second of your existence.

Oh Gawd...So dramatic.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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not just rural Minnesota but many of the man/woman-on-the-street interviews the local news stations do here in town could be the bit players from the movie. A more pronounced husker-doo accent can be heard on the radio call-ins on K-FAN, 'CCO and the like. People here tend not to hear it because it's so prevelant.

this is a real TC commercial, not an out-take from the movie 'Fargo'...end of story.



Garage Door Repair Commercial - YouTube
This is really not that similar to the accent used in the movie and FX series.
Trust me, we can tell when people have thick Upper Midwest accents no matter where in the Upper Midwest we are from. The accent in the clip you posted is no more prevalent in the Twin Cities or even Duluth or Fargo than a thick southern drawl is in Austin or Dallas - ie: it is neither common nor unheard of. I personally don't know more than five or six people at the most under the age of 50 who speak with that thick an accent (and that example still doesn't even come close to the - very loving - parody in the either movie or the series of Fargo).
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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I've actually been in Fargo twice, and there is certainly an accent--the movie may have exaggerated it a little, but it's definitely there..with its very strong "long O" sound..
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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here are some more real-life examples of the typical Minnesota accent widely heard throughout the state there then

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=6sPF0AUxotI
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:28 PM
 
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The Upper Midwest (from Michigan to Minnesota) tends to speak nasally while the Midwest which borders the South (Missouri, Southern Ohio, Southern Illinois, etc) tends to speak more with a drawl. Probably the most neutral Midwestern accent which your friends were thinking comes from the middle...i.e. Columbus, Cleveland, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, etc.
I find the various accents really interesting to decipher, lol
Being from the Midwest, what I always get, though are people who don't believe me...
They say I have an upstate NY accent
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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I've actually been in Fargo twice, and there is certainly an accent--the movie may have exaggerated it a little, but it's definitely there..with its very strong "long O" sound..
Yep. It's similar to the Canadian accent, minus the slightly British pronunciations and sayings, (for instance, 'about' and 'house' sound roughly like 'aboat' and 'hoase') and can be heard all over North Dakota, much of Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and northern Wisconsin and Michigan (Yoopers).
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Maybe it's not their accents; maybe it's your ears?
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:44 PM
 
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Everyone has an accent. I was from Illinois, then Washington, DC and now Florida and I've traveled the world. Everyone speaks differently and it's okay. Not right or wrong. My Cuban and Polish friends refer to my accent and we have interesting discussions comparing pronunciation notes.

Ethnocentrics deny they have accents. In my fair lady, Henry Higgins could tell down to the block where an individual was raised.
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:49 PM
 
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The WI/MN/Upper Michigan "Fargo" Accent is hard to understand, especially when people speak quietly/mumble. I always had to ask people to repeat stuff when I lived there.
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