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View Poll Results: Which is your least favorite English-language accents?
General American (midwestern) 13 3.85%
California "non-accent" 25 7.40%
Texas 18 5.33%
General U.S. Southern 83 24.56%
New York/ New Jersey 101 29.88%
Boston 33 9.76%
Minnesotan 31 9.17%
Canadian 6 1.78%
General British 14 4.14%
Australian 14 4.14%
Voters: 338. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 12-22-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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It seems that any national broadcaster speaks with a Midwestern accent. This is what must be taught in Journalism schools. There are exceptions, such as Barbara Walters; however, in my opinion, she sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd!
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
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I've lived in California most of my life. I find all the different accents and dialects of English a real interesting puzzle, so I did not vote, I like all of the different accents.
A majority of people here in CA are from somewhere else, and I often try to figure out where a person might be from by listening to their accent or how they speak certain words. I lived in NJ for 3 years, so I can usually pick out people from the NY-NJ metro area. I also lived in AL for several years, so I have no problem knowing somebody is from the deep south. My brother lives in WI, so I've learned to pick out the upper midwest accent by visiting up there many times, oh you betcha. Or by watching the movie Fargo a couple of times. The toughest to pick out are the variations of the general midwestern and great plains accent. There are subtle differences and the slang varies a bit from place to place.
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The accents in "Fargo" were not really authentic.
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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California has an accent, for sure. We're mostly "dude" types and valley girls. The latter makes me kinda sad.
I once got into a debate with a Jr. High teacher over the fact that Californians did not have an accent. She said that they did, I denied it. It wasn't until I later moved to Minnesota that I realized that, yes in fact, Californians have an accent.

Some examples:

Native Californians say; wadder (water), cot and caught are pronounced the same. King sounds like keen. Hoof and roof rhyme. Root and boot rhyme. Oregon sounds like ore gun. Milk sounds like melk.

Not to mention that a native Californian also says hella every other word and ends every sentence with 'an sh*t'
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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My brother lives in WI, so I've learned to pick out the upper midwest accent by visiting up there many times, oh you betcha. Or by watching the movie Fargo a couple of times.
This 'Fargo' accent is mainly northern Minnesota. Everyone else in the state sounds normal.
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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California has an accent, for sure. We're mostly "dude" types and valley girls. The latter makes me kinda sad.
Like oh mu god, but the english cockney accent has to be like totally da worst. Fer sure
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Remember Phil Gramm, the Senator from Texas? Arrrggghhhh!!!!!
Yes unfortunately us Texans remember him ALL TOO WELL!
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Arizona/Nevada
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If your talking British accents then Birmingham, England. They don't say " cup of tea ", they say "kipper tie".
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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This 'Fargo' accent is mainly northern Minnesota. Everyone else in the state sounds normal.
The Minneapolisians (sic?) sound pretty accented to me.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Henderson NV
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Native Californians say; wadder (water), cot and caught are pronounced the same. King sounds like keen. Hoof and roof rhyme. Root and boot rhyme. Oregon sounds like ore gun. Milk sounds like melk.
Yeah, that's correct and perfect pronunciation. Homeboy, I like, honestly, don geh yur point, dude
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