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    Here's a good example. When I take this quiz (or any other like it), I invariably get Philadelphia if it's an option. Otherwise, it's Northeast or Mid-Atlantic. However, people here in Southern California almost never can guess my hometown by accent (attitude maybe, not accent), and native Philadelphians don't think I have their accent or any real accent at all. Perhaps it's from an expensive education just far enough outside of the city, or from my voracious media consumption.

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    I always get "midland" on those tests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    There are lots of middles of nowhere in Northern PA. Williamsport? Scranton? Bradford?
    Hah! You are under-estimating! Those are all closer to somewhere than the place I'm from. I spent 4 years in a place called Mainesburg, and then 10 in a place called Wellsboro.

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    Most news anchors don't get so "aw" with words like "rock" or "block" though. I have almost no trace of the Philadelphia accent, although online quizzes can usually get my hometown correct when you put together the matrix of pronunciations of certain key words. I would pronounce "block" as closer to "blahk," the way you say "ahhhhhh" when opening your mouth for your doctor. Like this:


    http://media.merriam-webster.com/soundc11/b/bloc0001
    I make the "ah" sound for block, too. I also make it for hawk. I make it for caught, and bought. It is probably one of the most common sounds in my dialect. They all rhyme in my case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Hah! You are under-estimating! Those are all closer to somewhere than the place I'm from. I spent 4 years in a place called Mainesburg, and then 10 in a place called Wellsboro.
    Anything above Knoebels is Upstate New York as far as I am concerned.


    I make the "ah" sound for block, too. I also make it for hawk. I make it for caught, and bought. It is probably one of the most common sounds in my dialect. They all rhyme in my case.
    Ahhhh. . . so you aren't a blawk-hawk person, you're a blahk-hock person? Cot-caught merger? Interesting. I always found the "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU!" chant at KU to be hilarious, because those three words have completely different pronunciations from where I hail (and in SoCal and many other places, as well).
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    Hmm, out of "rock" "chalk" and "jayhawk" the one that sounds the most different to me is chalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Hmm, out of "rock" "chalk" and "jayhawk" the one that sounds the most different to me is chalk.
    "Chalk" and "stalk" sound like "chock" and "stock" for some Midwesterners.
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