Friday, November 10, 2006

Regional Accent Test

From PZ

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"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.

The Northeast
The Inland North
The West
The South
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

that's really about what my accent is, although with my musician's ear and gift for languages i tend to pick up regional stuff quickly.


Anonymous horsedooty said...

mine said "you sound southern."

yo soy Horsedooty!

9:06 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

gee i wonder why that could be amigo. . .

11:20 PM  
Blogger konagod said...

Mine came up Midland as well. But on those bars, the south came up first for me. Very interesting.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Missouri Mule said...

Mine said Philadelphia as cheesesteak.....that cannot be! I'm the queen of a doublewide in in East Jesus, for christ's sake. WTH?

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

missouri is a crossroad and an artery of commerce. the santa fe and oregon trails both began in st. louis. traffic came up and down the mississippi. lotsa germans in the west part of the state too. but philly? strange indeed. there's that one pocket of new orleans french quarter that used to sound like brooklyn (now they sound like cnn and epcot center folks i miss new orleans). hmmmmm. you're the first one who hasn't said they pretty much nailed it.

7:09 PM  
Blogger litbrit said...

Mine said northeast (North Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island). Pretty funny, as those are New England. And I am OLD. :)

10:46 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

if you're old m'dear, that makes me fucking ancient and stuff.

11:25 PM  
Blogger litbrit said...

Old England, I meant. But yeah, old-old, too. Some days feeling it more than others.

*flexes stiff fingers over keyboard*

How are your hands and wrists doing? You don't sound like you're giving your most important musician's tools very much rest!

7:34 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

there's a real paradox at work with aging musician's hands. constant exercise and use keeps them strong and flexible but overuse brings about permanent damage. i do finger exercises on the breakfast table while wearing silk gloves (light but incredibly warming) to ease through the morning stiffness, then it's out to the barn for critter chores. when i sit down for practice sessions i spend a full 20 minutes doing warm up scales. then i do full speed scales varying the volume (being able to diminish volume while going up a scale while increasing tempo is a very tough thing to do and the mark of a virtuoso) then i set myself to the task at hand. at 50 or 60 minutes i give a rest and do a round of 3 minutes ice, 2 minutes heat, 3 minutes ice, followed by a quick warmup and return to work. i also tend to work only on the instuments that are in the working pipeline for the week, knowing that if i get a call for something that's been neglected i can bring it up to speed in a week or so. right now i'm focusing on my live gig on the 16th putting in 2 hours guitar, 2 hours harp, 2 hours tenor banjo. i give a full and complete rest between instruments and call the day off if i notice any swelling. so far, so good, but then we don't really have a winter here. it's been 80's and 90's all week. we're supposed to have a cooling trend but that merely means highs in the mid 70's and low 40's at night. i call that perfect.

as far as "old england," if you want a very dense but very informative read get "Albion's Seed" by David Hackett Fisher. it tracks the immigration patterns from the british isles (i'm including ireland as such because fisher does) to america over the centuries. the new england patterns of speech were born in York. although the closest sounds i've ever heard to the "american midland" accent were the western cities of ireland. there have been times in cork or galway where i heard straight up american speech. out in the countryside of course, and especially in rural kerry, they have the most unintelligable brouge at play. you can almost understand enough of what is being said to be completely confused (which i believe is part of the plan and all).

9:32 AM  
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