Here’s a fun little quiz I took yesterday. You answer twelve questions on what words sound like to you, and it tells you what kind of accent you speak English with. I figured my accent would be labeled “California” or “Hollywood,” because I never noticed much of a difference between my words and those spoken on TV. Instead it described my accent as “Midland.” Maybe it’s because I don’t have to use as much Spanish as today’s Californians. Or maybe a real California accent is what they, like, call “Val-speak.” Totally tubular!
Anyway, here’s the answer I got. Quote:
“‘You have a Midland accent’ is just another way of saying ‘you don’t have an accent.’ You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.”
Unquote: Though I have briefly visited the “Midland,” I never lived there. Otherwise, they’re right. Because of my forty-year sojourn in Florida, I don’t sound like my Kentucky neighbors and co-workers. Care to try it yourself?