Just for fun today, what American accent do you have? I bet this quiz will nail you as well as it did me:
The Inland North
You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”
It so happens, that I was thinking about accents this morning, because I was listening to a podcast with Ricky Gervais and his two friends Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington (mp3 directly downloadable from here). I made guesses as to where in England each of them came from by their distinct accents. Checking on the web, I was wrong (but close) on all three counts. I bet T-bird would get at least 2/3. She can distinguish an Aussie from a Kiwi at 50 paces (not to mention being able to recognize Doc Martens that are about three pixels worth of digital photo).
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