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American Accent Quizzie

What Amer­i­can accent do you have?
Cre­at­ed by Xavier on Memegen.net

North­ern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friend­ly sound of upstate NY and west­ern New Eng­land, your accent is what used to set the stan­dard for Amer­i­can Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion (not much any­more now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are prob­a­bly one of the fol­low­ing:
(a) A South­ern­er who hates South­ern accents and tries real­ly hard to “talk right”; or
(b) A New York­er or New Jer­seyan who does­n’t have the full accent

Take this quiz now — it’s easy!
We’re going to start with “cot” and “caught.” When you say those words do they sound the same or dif­fer­ent?

Then again, it could be that I’m a south­ern­er who grew up in the metro Atlanta area, where we hear all kinds of accents. Or that I watched too much tele­vi­sion as a child, and broad­cast­ers use the same stan­dard. In any case, the author of the quiz seems to be a bit out of touch as far as the expla­na­tions of dif­fer­ent results go (and a bit defen­sive, as well).

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