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Old 06-14-2007, 11:58 AM
Location: Ohio
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Toledo, Ohio -commonly called "Glass City" or "Armpit of Ohio"
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:59 AM
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Here's an old St. Louis accent for you..."I'm driving down interstate farty-far (44) today. A typical thing you hear on the Metrolink: This is the Farest (how forest is pronounced) Park Debalivere Station. All dars (doors) opening to my right. There's a slight tendency to pronounce words sounding like "oar" like "are." Other than that it's a pretty flat midwestern speech pattern. Chicago and Cleveland also have their own accents...I'd call their accents pretty flat with just the slightest, slightest trace of Canadian in them. Not nearly to the extent of say, Green Bay or Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ajf131 View Post
Ben Around, isn't that also Canadian talk? I've found that the typical Minneapolis/Saint Paul accent sounds noticeably Canadian as does Wisconsin and Michigan. Also noticed that they pronounce "out" like "oat"
Well, that one is from the many Scandos who settled this area. There is a difference between MN and Canada on the "out" sound:

MN: oat and aboat
Canada: oot and aboot
Everywhere else: out and about

Re: WI and MI, Milwaukeeans and Detroiters have the Northern States drift common the the Great Lakes (they sound similar to Chicagoans, Clevelanders and Buffalonians), while in Northern WI and MI's UP, they sound like Minnesotans to my ears. Also, I don't notice a distinctive "city" accent among the people in MSP, it's more of a whole state sound.
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:52 PM
Location: Bayside, NY
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In New York City it's the upraised middle finger.
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