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Old 12-20-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Women from Toronto have the coolest accent (the men sound like Bob and Doug McKenzie)
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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It depends on the person to me. Some NE accents sound very exaggerated. Overall, I like the accents. However, my favorite accents are New Orleans!
I agree with you on the New Orleans accent. It seems southern with a bit on NY flair.

With regard to the NY/NJ accent, what most people that are not from the area don't understand is that the accent is much less pronounced than the stereotypical idea in their minds - think less Fran Drescher more Robert DiNiro.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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I love the NYC accent and am proud of mine. I HATE people who were born/raised in NY and try to sound as if they weren't, using those phony Connecticut accents. "Oh, would you like to go for a cup of caaahhhh-fee" or "I'm so thirsty, I'd love a bottle of wahhhh-ter".... PHONY, PHONY, PHONY!!!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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its not my cup of tea
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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My favorite is when people make 'You' plural ....... Yous
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I agree with you on the New Orleans accent. It seems southern with a bit on NY flair.

With regard to the NY/NJ accent, what most people that are not from the area don't understand is that the accent is much less pronounced than the stereotypical idea in their minds - think less Fran Drescher more Robert DiNiro.
There is a subtle difference between the boroughs but probably only a native could tell. My husband is from Queens, like Drescher. I can notice a little difference in his speech from mine. I am from Manhattan, like DiNiro, but it isn't THAT different. I think she hypes it for the effect.

Generally speaking, all of us from this area (NYC/LI/NJ) sound alike. Another reason why I like going home.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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There is a subtle difference between the boroughs but probably only a native could tell. My husband is from Queens, like Drescher. I can notice a little difference in his speech from mine. I am from Manhattan, like DiNiro, but it isn't THAT different. I think she hypes it for the effect.

Generally speaking, all of us from this area (NYC/LI/NJ) sound alike. Another reason why I like going home.
I agree.
My grandpa is from Brooklyn and My Grandma is from the Bronx and you can indeed tell the difference between the accents.
The Brooklyn accent is a lot more thick if you will, but the Bronx accent is more pronounced (If that makes sense )

Another accent that's very underrated is the Newark accent which actors like Joe Pesci has and James Gandolfini equipped for his main roll on "The Sopranos". (but the Newark accent is hard to find because the Italians left there A LONG time ago, but surrounding burbs like Belleville, Nutley, Lyndhurst, etc have very thick Jersey accents)
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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Wrong, your accent is apart of who you are, your identity.

Being born in Florida, I could've easily picked up a Southern-ish accent, but I never identified with that culture, and I probably don't talk that different than a kid from the North.

It's apart of my identity, I'm not Southern, and I don't talk that way. I don't look down on someone for having a Southern accent though.

I've heard plenty of very pretty ones. It's just, you're kind of minimising the significance of the way you choose to express yourself with your voice.

I bet plenty of Southerners put on their accent more heavily than they would naturally, because that's how they identify themselves.

My friend is from Long Island, and his accent is as thick as it gets. I wouldn't be surprised if he kept it thick because it was apart of his personality and who he is.
Apart from a few people, I dont think you really choose your accent. I barely have a Southern accent too, but I don't think I sat down one day and decided that I wasn't gonna have a Southern accent, it just happened. Mainly because I grew up in a military town where most people had a standard American accent.

But you totally missed the point of my post. I was addressing the people who were basically saying: "My accent is nice, everyone else is jealous. Their accent sucks" They sound like kids. Even if you do count it as an accomplishment to not have a Southern accent, you still sound silly bragging about it.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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I agree.
My grandpa is from Brooklyn and My Grandma is from the Bronx and you can indeed tell the difference between the accents.
The Brooklyn accent is a lot more thick if you will, but the Bronx accent is more pronounced (If that makes sense )

Another accent that's very underrated is the Newark accent which actors like Joe Pesci has and James Gandolfini equipped for his main roll on "The Sopranos". (but the Newark accent is hard to find because the Italians left there A LONG time ago, but surrounding burbs like Belleville, Nutley, Lyndhurst, etc have very thick Jersey accents)
Italian NY and Jewish NY, Black/Hispanic NY, and of course NJ too. However, much of that has also made it into the speech of the general population over generations.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I've traveled all over the country, and people always compliment me on my accent. They always ask me to say certain words, like coffee, dog, walk, etc.

But according to southerners on CD, everyone hates the NYC accent, lol. I think it's a jealousy thing.
Or it could be that many people do hate it.

I am sure you remember the poll that compared southern to northern accent.

Selective memory must be helpful also.

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Yeah, I never experienced any real southern hospitality at all in Georgia. I drove through the state with some friends on my way to Florida. I drove through some pretty small towns on the way. I got some strange looks when walking into the gas stations and stores, I guess because of my thick accent and my NY-er ways, lol. I don't know, I guess we stand out in small, southern towns. I wasn't being rude or anything, I guess they could just tell I wasn't from around there.
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