Can We Guess What American Accent You Have?

By: Jennifer Post

Can We Guess What American Accent You Have?
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About This Quiz

If you put 40 people together in a room, all of whom speak English, I bet most of them would have different accents. The English language as a whole defines the words we use, how we use grammar and how we pronounce things, but accents turn those words and pronunciations into a whole new beast. There's actually a name for the study of variations in the pronunciation of English: North American English regional phonology. Studies of the sort can be done on multiple characteristics such as sound-based, vocabulary-based and grammar based. All of these things together determine regional accents of the English language.

There are countless American accents, as even your region isn't enough to break down an accent. Some towns, cities and states within a region could have a different version of the regional accent. There are, however, the five most common accents: New England, Midwest, Southern, New York and the general American accent referred to as "neutral" which basically means the accent cannot be discerned to a specific region.

Some people are also just really good at imitating accents or acquire accents that don't make sense given where they live. Think we can guess what America accent you have? Answer these questions to find out!

What does the word "wicked" mean to you?
It's like "extremely"
Evil
Cruel
It means cool

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Where is your favorite place to get coffee?
Dunkin' (Donuts)
At my artisan roaster in the hip part of town
Local coffee roaster
Starbucks

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What brings you peace?
My sports team winning
On-time trains
The shade of a willow tree
Above freezing temperatures

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How do you define the word "bubbler"?
The wand that you blow bubbles from
A salesman
Beer
A water fountain

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Do you prefer to walk places or use another form of transportation?
The T
Walk
Drive
Busses

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Does your area have a special name for a liquor store?
We call it the "package store" or "packie"
It's just the store to us
We call it by its formal name, the liquor store
We just say we're going to get some alcohol

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When it comes to car interiors, what is the best material for seats?
Cloth on the seat, leather everywhere else
Leather
Cloth
Vinyl

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Did you have any interesting names for games growing up?
We just used to chant the Lizzie Borden tune
Jump the turnstile
Ring around the Rosie
Duck, duck, gray duck

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Is there a superior way to get to your city's major airport?
Taking the train
Calling a cab
Uber
Driving

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What is the most popular sport in your area?
Baseball
Basketball
Football
Hockey

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How do you like your chicken prepared?
In chicken salad
Chicken parmesan
Fried
Grilled on a club sandwich

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When working out, what type of shoes do you wear?
Running shoes
Sneakers
Tennis shows
Gym shoes

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Where do you go after work?
A bar to catch the game, or the game itself
Gym, happy hour, dinner
Home to make dinner
Target

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Do you have nicknames that apply to almost everyone?
Bro
"Hey man" usually works
Mostly dessert themed, like honey pie and sweetie pie
We call everyone "guys" even if it's a group of girls

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What do you call the thing that keeps hair in a pony-tail?
Hair elastic
Rubber band
Hair tie
Hair binder

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How can you tell when you've gotten a good hotel room?
How close it is to the water
By how high the floor is
Proximity to Main Street
If it has more than one fireplace you're good

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What is the best thing about your region?
The beaches
The bagels
The alcohol
The department stores

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Does your region have a signature dish?
Lobster rolls
Deli sandwiches
Casseroles
Slingers

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How do you refer to the sweet, bubbly beverage that pair well with pizza or rum?
Soda
Phosphate
Coke
Pop

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Where do you do your grocery shopping?
Market Basket
The bodega
Farmer's market
Whole Foods

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Do you like American history?
I live for it.
I guess it's cool.
Yes! Of course.
I'm as American as they come, so it's super interesting.

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Your ideal weather conditions are what?
Snow
Fall
Normal heat and mild humidity
I live for springtime

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Do you have a favorite dessert?
Apple pie
Cheesecake
Shoo-fly pie
Puppy chow

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Is housing affordable in your area?
Depends on the town, to be honest.
Yeah, if you can find 5 roommates.
Super affordable! You can get a lot for your money.
In most areas.

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What is your favorite sandwich?
Fluffernutter
Pastrami
Pimento grilled cheese
Fried fish sandwiches

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What does barbecue mean to you?
Brats
Cooking food on a grill and having friends over
The different variations in sauce, cooking style and seasoning of meat
Chilling on the back deck with beer and burgers

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Which season is best celebrated in your area?
Fall
Summer, because everyone leaves
Winter
Spring

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Do you have a special name for the thing that changes channels on the tv?
Channel changer
Remote control
Clicker
Buttons

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Which alcoholic beverage is your region known for?
Beer
Hennessy
Bourbon
Gin

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Do you hate another state for seemingly no reason?
Yeah, New York
Just Boston
Anywhere above the Mason Dixon line
No, we can all be friends

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