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Old 05-20-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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I always thought "melk" was a Minnesotanism...my parents are guilty of pronouncing it exactly like that.
It seems like a Canadian thing to me. I knew a girl named Merissa from Ontario and she would call herself "Meressa" in her voice mail.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:31 PM
 
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The rest of the sentence looks very Upper Midwestern, but do people really do the "d instead of th" thing in Chicago still? I feel like no one under 80 speaks like that anymore.
Oh, absolutely. More so on the South side and Southern suburbs from what I've heard.
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:39 PM
 
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I've often wondered, specifically looking at Iowa, do Iowans sound like folks from Minnesota or Wisconsin? Kind of the stereotypical Minnesota Nice "Yeah, you betcha" accents from the movie, Fargo. However, I've also heard many folks from Iowa and portions of other states like Missouri and Illinois have no accent whatsoever. People who grew up in these areas along the lines of Ronald Reagan, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, John Wayne, etc. Basically folks with straightforward and bland "General American" accents. So in general, looking at this specific area of the Midwest, can someone explain the accents?
Basically in my experience the people with the bland midwest accents like Reagan, Cronkite, John Wayne etc live from about the hundredth Meridian of Nebraska and Kansas to about Indianapolis or Central Illinois. To me this area include Nebraska, northern Kansas, Northern Missouri (1-70 on north though i'm sure there are exceptions), all except extreme northern Iowa. Far southeast South Dakota (yankton, vermillion, and some of Sioux Falls though since its so big it does get folks who sound like the guys on Fargo), as well as Central Illinois (Peoria, Springfield, the Saint Louis suburbs)

So basically most of Iowa except for the area north of highway 20 would be part of the general accent.
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