Friday, March 28, 2008

What! I have an Accent????

This is way too good to be true. Thomas MacEntee of “Destination: Austin Family” found this wonderful little quiz that tells you what kind of an American accent you have. Several of my genea-blogger compadres have taken the test themselves. (They are such a fun group!)

If you want to check out your own accent, you can take the quiz at

Thomas's post,, talks about his own interest in accents.

My results from the quiz say that I speak Inland Northern American English.

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.”

Bingo! Did I not just blog about this very thing in my recent post, “Squawkers and other Regionalisms?”

Wikipedia has a wonderful article about the Inland North Dialect that you can read about here: A cool map shows the region for this dialect. For an equally cool map of all the dialects check out this url:

For the record, I break the dialect when I pronounce the word “on” to rhyme with “dawn” instead of “don.” Hey, so I'm not as perfect as you thought!

My hunch is that the majority of you taking the test will find that you also have The Inland North accent. If not, chances are you speak The Midland dialect.

Thanks, Thomas, for a fun couple of hours — albeit not very productive ones.

Until Next Time!

Note this post first published online, March 28, 2008, at Desktop Genealogist Blog at The News-Messenger Online


Lisa said...

Hello Terry! I just found your "unplugged" blog for the first time, believe it or not. What a great idea!

Now I can imagine better how your articles would sound coming directly from your mouth - with the correct accent. :)

Thanks for sharing...

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100 Years in America


Hi Lisa!

Yes, I have a fantasy that all of the genea-bloggers get Skype accounts and we get to actually talk and hear each other. We could play "guess which genea-blogger I am" by voice.


Terry Thornton said...

Ohio Terry, Welcome into the modern age of blogging! Good to see a site to which even I can post comments. I'll get you all set up in my reader.

My, that is a good looking HOGS banner you are waving! Thanks!


Janice said...

Congrats on the new blog, Terry!

I had been reading your blog at the News-Messenger, but this new one makes it much easier to comment.


Amanda said...

Wait... you mean there's a difference in how some people pronounce 'dawn' and 'don'? ;)

So, I've lived in Ohio all my life, but it says my accent is "The West."

Really don't know what to think about that.

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