People have long made fun of my accent. But…I don’t have one.
I worked in Chicago for two summers doing youth ministry, and the congregants constantly made fun of how I say “out” and “about.” Similarly, I recall a work trip to the Los Angeles area in January of 2006. I went with a co-worker who definitely had a Minnesotan accent. People from all over the country were in the class we took, and several of them kindly pointed out to us that we had accents. “However,” they said, pointing at me, “Yours is much thicker.” Nice. Thank you, kind sirs.
Paula’s “Friday Fun” last week inspired me to take a short quiz. Surely this quiz would prove that I don’t have an accent. As you can see from my results below, I’m accent-free:
“North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.
Okay, so I have an accent. Apparently growing up in northern Minnesota makes it hard to escape. But I could still be a newscaster. I’d just have to do it in Fargo (in ND, but almost in MN). Or maybe Bemidji.
Bummer…I’ve tried over and over to get the quiz I took to load properly, but I can’t, so you’ll just have to visit this link and try it for yourself: http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_have