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Old 12-22-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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I know the midwest gets an occasional bashing but we do have a distinct accent. Anyone like it. I wanted to shred the accent years ago but now decided its as distinct as any accent from any other part of the country.

the movie Fargo had some of the accent.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Which accent? The Midwest is a big place. Chicago has its own distinct accent, Minnesota has the "Fargo" accent, parts of Missouri/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio have southern accents, and Nebraska is known for having no accent at all. Please be more specific.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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There are a bunch of regional accents but I think what this person is referring to the nasal quality and the drawn out vowels of the upper midwest. I expected on our recent trip to Chicago that we'd hear more of a neutral (Nebraska?) accent but was surprised that Chicagoans have nasally voices too and say their "S's" like C's and draw out the vowels too. It can be annoying if you aint use to it, just as Im sure that a deep south accent can annoy or grate on some in the midwest.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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People from the Dakotas like the accent that's about it oh and Minnesooooota. I hate it, thankfully I don't have it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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its kind of nasal in this neck of the woods. They warsh things, Forty is Farty, Dolls are Dahls.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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People from the Dakotas like the accent that's about it oh and Minnesooooota. I hate it, thankfully I don't have it.
Many accents converge upon the state of Wisconsin. Western Wisconsin has the full blown Minnesota accent, Northern Wisconsin has the Yooper accent, the central part of the state has a hybrid of the Yooper and Fargo accents, and the Southeastern part of the state has a diluted Chicago accent.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Our son is a broadcasting journalism major in college, and he has been told by many people in the business that the fact that he is a native of the NW Ohio/SE Michigan area means that he possesses the "Midwest Vernacular", which they tell him is the most desired "accent" for news stations all over the country looking to hire on-air reporters and anchors. I hope it helps him land a job when he graduates!
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I grew up in New England and have never lived in the Midwest but somehow I have a Midwestern (Inland North) accent.

According to a map on wikipedia, this accent can occur as far east as Rhode Island, so that might explain how I got the accent.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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I grew up in New England and have never lived in the Midwest but somehow I have a Midwestern (Inland North) accent.

According to a map on wikipedia, this accent can occur as far east as Rhode Island, so that might explain how I got the accent.
Somehow Sarah Palin has a Minnesota accent, despite being born and raised in Alaska.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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I don't mind the accent. It differs so much from my own that I married a girl from Minnesota.
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