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Old 02-04-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I'll tell you one thing that's sort of weird. I moved out here to California about 10 years ago from TN. I got a TON of stares whenever I opened my mouth. I've since learned to keep it under control a bit. But anyway, quite a few of my friends live further out in the boonies. When you leave the major cities and get into some of the more native locations with families that have lived there a long time, I swear most of them sound almost exactly like me- a sort of Southern accent. My best guess is that a lot of them moved out here from the South and haven't lost the accents yet.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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Grating is a good description. Some of us like it that way. Personally I find twangy (like Nashville) or squawky (like NYC) voices to be kind of annoying. Old-time Southern accents like in Richmond or Charleston are actually pretty nice, though not my favorite. I prefer crisp, flat and dry.
The only accent that makes me want to tear my eardrums out is that near-south accent. Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia... Ugh.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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The only accent that makes me want to tear my eardrums out is that near-south accent. Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia... Ugh.
Then you'd probably do so as I talked. That said- I'd say most people ( outside of the Southern US) love my accent. On the other hand I've never heard anyone say they "liked" Midwestern or any of the East Coast ( Boston, NYC, Brooklyn) accents.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Midwest accents are the best.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I'll tell you one thing that's sort of weird. I moved out here to California about 10 years ago from TN. I got a TON of stares whenever I opened my mouth. I've since learned to keep it under control a bit. But anyway, quite a few of my friends live further out in the boonies. When you leave the major cities and get into some of the more native locations with families that have lived there a long time, I swear most of them sound almost exactly like me- a sort of Southern accent. My best guess is that a lot of them moved out here from the South and haven't lost the accents yet.
Yep...they're called Arkies, Okies, and Texans. Moved out during the Dust Bowl. I assume there is still a hint of their culture/accent carried over even after all these years.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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Interesting subject.

I'm from the Detroit area and now live in Chicago. I've had people call my office from Southern Illinois and comment on my "Chicago accent". I've had Chicagoans comment on my supposed "accent". I've had many compliments from all colors/creeds here on my voice and how I speak very clearly.
I've dealt with the black population in Detroit on many levels and their accent ranges from ghetto thug Ebonics to "sounding white". In either case I could understand them thoroughly. The black "accent" in Chicago, in most cases, has a heavy southern drawl along with the Ebonics slant and I would say 50% of the time I can't understand them and really don't even try anymore in most cases.
Regarding white Detroit/Chicago accents? I see absolutely no difference other than the way people that have lived in Chicago for more than 5 years pronouce the word Chicago. It's drawn out like Chicawgo, sometimes with a Chicaaawko like their choking on a piece of steel wool when saying it. It's forced and phony.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:58 PM
 
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I really, really dislike the midwestern accent. Words like 'have' sound like 'heeyav,' the name Ann is pronounced 'Eeyan," 'on' is pronounced 'an'. I personally think it's the worst accent in the world. The only other speech issue that is worse, is a lisp.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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Sarah Palin was not born in Alaska. She was born in Idaho, whose inhabitants have a midwestern accent.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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Other examples of words that midwesterners pronounce in the most annoying way, include the following:

"A"-Sound Torture ("Bee-yd"=Bad) or( hee yaev = have)
-G and -LY Dropping ("He's doin' real' good")
Special word: Car (Kya:r-r-r-r-r)
Special word: Fire (Fuh-yer)

By far, the worst accent in the world. I want to rip my ears out when I hear a midwesterner speak.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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We don't talk like that in the Midwest.
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