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Old 07-17-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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What the hell is a Philadelphia accent?
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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What the hell is a Philadelphia accent?
A YO ADRIAN!

*Think Rocky*
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: PacNW
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What the hell is a Philadelphia accent?
"Philly" = "Phiwwy"
"gas" = "gez"

I can't think of an actor for an example; ever watch 'Hardball' on MSNBC? Chris Matthews has the remains of a Philadelphia accent. (Note: Rocky Balboa's was NOT a Philadelphia accent.) It's almost impossible to teach (thank god) or to lose, unfortunately. I work with a man who spent 18 months in speech therapy to get rid of his accent and I still detected it across a large room. Northern Maryland comes dangerously close, but with a little more of a Southern edge. Philadelphia makes New York sound like Oxford.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland


"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio."

I was actually raised half my life in Texas and half near Boston and now I live in Florida. I can mimick an accent when I want or if I am home in Texas I can pick it up if I want to but otherwise I like stumping people when they try to figure out where I am from.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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My result was The Inland North, of course I'm from Wisconsin. Maybe a coincidence?

I don't know how they knew I was from the great lakes. They said I get mad when people say Wesconsin and Wisconsin.

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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I got Southern. I don't understand. Although I was born and raised in Miami, when Miami was still very much a Southern city, I definitely do not have a Southern accent.

I don't think this quiz is nearly as comprehensive as it should be.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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"Philly" = "Phiwwy"
"gas" = "gez"

I can't think of an actor for an example; ever watch 'Hardball' on MSNBC? Chris Matthews has the remains of a Philadelphia accent. (Note: Rocky Balboa's was NOT a Philadelphia accent.) It's almost impossible to teach (thank god) or to lose, unfortunately. I work with a man who spent 18 months in speech therapy to get rid of his accent and I still detected it across a large room. Northern Maryland comes dangerously close, but with a little more of a Southern edge. Philadelphia makes New York sound like Oxford.
LOL. Funny way to put it. The Philly accent is definitely not as notorious as New Yawkers or Bahstonians, but you know it when you hear it.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: West LA
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This totally nailed me as a Midlander. Very cool. (Originally from Central Ohio).
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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I got Southern. I don't understand. Although I was born and raised in Miami, when Miami was still very much a Southern city, I definitely do not have a Southern accent.

I don't think this quiz is nearly as comprehensive as it should be.
Sometimes we aren't what we perceive. We hear ourselves in a much different way than others hear us. (As a vocalist, I've heard that waaaaaaay too many times.) I'm still learning, but I'm a little more conscious of my voice, as I have to listen to it day in and day out...picking through my lessons and fixing issues.

Also sometimes accents of relatives, friends, etc. rub off on you.
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