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that accent meme
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Yoinked from the lovely miz nyxie:

Here's the idea: make a voice post (or just record yourself and upload it somewhere) saying the following things and answering the following questions. Then compare your accent with your friends. Fun for all! :)

Questions:

Your name and/or username
Where you're from
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

And since we don't have a working phone post number for Canada, you can LOOK AT MY MUG WHILE I DOES IT.


I was struck by how many supposed regionalisms New England and Ontario have in common. Even without my dropped R, I (as you know) have a pretty typical Boston/New England accent, and I'd say you have a pretty typical accent for your part of Ontario. Though a lot of that is due to vowels.

I think the linguists who developed this were looking more at the Northern/Southern/Midwest divide. I'm a little surprised they didn't include the question about merry/Mary/marry.

Peecans are for truck drivers. Pecahns are for eating/cooking.

I love this meme. Going to do it now ...

Interesting: the list of words, I think we're in agreement on everything but "coupon" -- where does the leading "Q" sound come from?

The "toilet paper a house" - in the US, the night before Halloween goes by many names: mischief night, goosey night, cabbage night, etc. I think the name you use to refer to it may be tied to your geographic locality.

Edited at 2011-01-12 08:41 pm (UTC)