By Sara Hoffmann
I’ve always been fascinated by regional accents. Maybe it’s because, like a lot of editors, I find language inherently interesting. Who knows? But for whatever reason, ever since I was a little kid, I’ve noticed things like the way Southerners sometimes say “pin” to describe the ink-filled thing we use to write. Or the way people in Boston often add Rs to the ends of words (so that pizza becomes pizz-er and soda becomes sod-er). Or the way Minnesotans tend to say “aboot” instead of “about.” (The farther north you go in Minnesota, the more this tends to be true.)
Given my interest in accents, I was excited to discover this website that serves as a companion to Do You Speak American?—an excellent PBS documentary that’s all about language and accents. I was also thrilled to find this accent quiz online. Just for fun, give it a try. And please let me know your results.
As for how I did on the quiz? My results say that my accent is “North Central, [or] what people call the Minnesota accent.” They go on to say my accent “sounds almost Canadian” and that “you may have even been asked if you were from Canada before.”
Well, ya, sure; you betcha! I was born and raised in Minnesota, dontcha know?