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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: 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."

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What American accent do you have?
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Dec. 25th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
I was about to ask, "you say pop?!?" but then I read the subject.
How about marry, merry and mary? My linguistics-freak friend from Iowa constantly makes fun of me for pronouncing them all differently, but I thought that's normal.
Dec. 25th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, while we were growing up, my father (from Illinois) and mother (from Michigan) used a hybrid term, "soda pop" but my brothers and I settled on "soda." My friends from Pittsburgh do say "pop."

I'm trying to imagine how one might say marry, merry and Mary differently, and I'm pretty clueless! Is the vowel in merry shorter, as in eh? Fill me in!
Dec. 26th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Much better to say "soda." "Pop" sounds so odd, like something you would call your grandfather, not a soft drink. Soda...that's food! My parents are both native New Yorkers and my mom has a pretty visible Bronx accent at times, so we get confused as hell when we go to someplace like Connecticut and nobody knows what a "wedge" is. I can't imagine a place where people actually say "pop."

I never had any idea that merry, marry and mary would all be pronounced the same until Iowa guy brought it up, but here's how we all go about it: Marry with an "a" pronounced like "lamb" or "piano," - rhymes with "Larry." Mary - as in Mare-y and rhymes with "hairy." Merry with the "e" like the eh sound - the same "e" in the word "chess" and rhymes with "cherry."
Dec. 31st, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
good explanation-- I was trying to think of how to explain the different pronunciations (I had trouble with the idea that they could all be the same too!)

um... "wedge" is a new one on me though.
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