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View Poll Results: Is Missouri or West Virginia more southern?
Missouri 29 39.73%
West Virginia 44 60.27%
Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-03-2015, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Land of Gnomes and Trolls
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Any state that calls itself "West By God" is southern, case closed
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Southern Missouri is fairly Southern, but once you get north of I-44, things become primarily Midwestern. I consider Kentucky and Missouri to be fairly similar. They both have elements of different regions of the US. Kentucky has elements of the South, a slight midwest feel, and Appalachian feel.

Southern MO feels like the south, STL feels somewhat east coast, KC feels midwest, and NE MO near St Joe feel like the plains. Even the geography is completely different in these regions.
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:20 PM
 
Location: IN
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Southern Missouri is fairly Southern, but once you get north of I-44, things become primarily Midwestern. I consider Kentucky and Missouri to be fairly similar. They both have elements of different regions of the US. Kentucky has elements of the South, a slight midwest feel, and Appalachian feel.

Southern MO feels like the south, STL feels somewhat east coast, KC feels midwest, and NE MO near St Joe feel like the plains. Even the geography is completely different in these regions.
All counties south of KC north of I-44 feel southern to me. I just don't see how they could really be grouped with the vast majority of the Midwest in any way.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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All counties south of KC north of I-44 feel southern to me. I just don't see how they could really be grouped with the vast majority of the Midwest in any way.
Maybe, but I've never heard any Southern accents. If anything, they remind me of typical small town Midwest.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:56 PM
 
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I only know a few people from WV and none are super southern acting, but pretty Mich everyone from Missouri I know is. Going by that anecdote I vote Missouri.


Also when touring the Anheuser-Busch Brewery when talking to some people of Missouri about Natty Light, me and some Yankee friends making jokes about how gross it is a hick woman said "Come on now y'all, it ain't that bad!" It engrained MOs image as Southern into my head.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:43 PM
 
Location: IN
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Maybe, but I've never heard any Southern accents. If anything, they remind me of typical small town Midwest.
Well, that is subjective to your own personal experience with regard to "southern accents," but I find them prevalent there. I used to live in the KC region so I have a bit of background knowledge of that area.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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Well, that is subjective to your own personal experience with regard to "southern accents," but I find them prevalent there. I used to live in the KC region so I have a bit of background knowledge of that area.
It's actually not subjective. It's a subject of considerable scientific, data-based study. And you are wrong, as is the above poster. Not only is a southern accent rare in Missouri geographically, by population it is nearly a statistical anomaly. In West Virgina, by contrast, it is the norm.

http://aschmann.net/AmEng/#SmallMapUnitedStates
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: USA
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I don't know. West VA is an old English colony and Missouri is an old French colony, right?
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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It's actually not subjective. It's a subject of considerable scientific, data-based study. And you are wrong, as is the above poster. Not only is a southern accent rare in Missouri geographically, by population it is nearly a statistical anomaly. In West Virgina, by contrast, it is the norm.

American English Dialects
Actually you are completely off base. To say that the southern accent on Missouri is a "statistical anomaly", is completely WRONG. First off that is one dialect map. There are numerous dialect studies that have been done....many with larger portions of Missouri in the southern dialect zone. Secondly even if we are going by that particular map it would include perhaps close to 1 million missourians in the southern dialect zone. I wouldn't call that an "anomaly". Maybe you should word your posts better to back up your information that you share. The area on your map probably represents close to 1/4 of the population of the state.
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