Chad Perrin: SOB

21 June 2007

accent identifier for native-born US residents

Filed under: Geek,inanity — apotheon @ 03:52

I took an online quiz that purports to identify your accent. The quiz is identified “What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)”. Here’s my accent, according to my test results:

Midland (“Midland” is not necessarily the same thing as “Midwest”) The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it’s a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn’t mean you’re from the Midland.

Personality Test Results

I’m curious — how do you rate?


  1. Looks like I have the default Midland accent although some have accused me of having a slight Midwest hick accent.

    Comment by medullaoblongata — 21 June 2007 @ 08:07

  2. I don’t know how much this applies to me. English is not my native language, and I learned it from a British school in Egypt, but I get my accent from my mother who was raised in Manhattan (with a bit of british mixed in here and there).

    I got Midland on it too.

    Comment by Mina — 21 June 2007 @ 10:30

  3. medullaoblongata:

    I don’t think this quiz accounts very well for suppressed accents. Most of the time, you do have a “Midland” accent, but once in a while the Midwest escapes.


    With that sort of accent-forming history, I’m kind of surprised you got a “Midland” result. I’m guessing the quiz just doesn’t test for the right things, in your case.

    Then again, maybe the quiz just sucks.

    Comment by apotheon — 21 June 2007 @ 02:30

  4. Western is kind of neutral, but not quite since it’s still possible to tell where you’re from. So you might not actually be from the West (but you probably are). If you really want to sound “neutral,” learn how to say “stock” and “stalk” differently.

    Comment by doggitydogs — 16 January 2010 @ 10:12

  5. doggitydogs:

    I edited your apostrophes so they’re actually apostrophes instead of backticks — since backticks are used to mark “code” in comments here (as in the case of how I’ve represented your username, doggitydogs).

    Comment by apotheon — 16 January 2010 @ 10:28

  6. I got Midland as well and I’m not even from the U.S. I’ve also tried different pronunciations, but still Midland.

    And hey: I just found out that it was an April Fools’ joke, how bad. It makes the decision upon your IP address.

    Comment by someone — 21 February 2011 @ 12:58

  7. I’m English and it placed me as a North Eastern American. Here’s another one that works from your voice

    This one says it will cope with UK accents as well but we tried it with an English person and and Irish peron and it said we were all American Midlands folk.

    Comment by Anonymous — 3 May 2011 @ 01:04

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