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Old 12-10-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Can't really blame them too much. The Great Lakes alone have a total surface area larger than that of Great Britain, by 16,615 sq kms..



I'm in the States all the time, and have never been pegged as a Canuck until the inevitable "Eh?" slips out. lol
That's interesting. i think we touched on this before, since my experiences in the US are different. I get pegged as Canadian and even have people comment on my accent.

It could depend on the conversation and what words you use. Foyer, permit, detail are words that can give some Canadians away.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Cranston, US
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Probably the different immigrants that came in to the US.
It's never made sense to me that natives would drop their accents to sound like the often more lower class immigrants. I think influences from immigrants was minimal beyond the 1750s, with a few exceptions.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Southerners don't speak understandable English.
I meant people from south of the border, specifically Washington State, not people from the American South.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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I meant people from south of the border, specifically Washington State, not people from the American South.
Ah gotcha and I know what you mean. Washingtonians say it differently from many Californians as well. In fact, a lot of the vowels of Washingtonians are rather flat, making them sound like they're shouting even when they're not.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: West of Louisiana, East of New Mexico
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I'd say the African and Native American influence has contributed to Americans sounding distinct from other former British colonies; that and the large number of German settlers.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I can see the connection to New Zealand and Australia, but how did it descend in to something so far from similar in the Americas? How could it have changed that much in a mere couple hundreds of years? I know it has obviously changed within the UK over that time too, but it just seems so far removed.
Drastically different to 'which' British accent? There are multitudes of vastly different British accents.
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