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Can You Guess The U.S. Accent?

It's a toughie, dontcha knoooow.

Posted on December 10, 2014, at 1:01 p.m. ET

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  1. What colorful region of the U.S. do you think this dude is from?

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    Northwest
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    Northeast
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    Southwest
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    Thinkstock / Will Varner
    Southeast
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    He's from Massachusetts!

    Not all Massachusetts accents are straight out of "Good Will Hunting." One of the unique characteristics of the Massachusetts accent is the "r" sound that becomes an "ah," which is believed to be a remnant of the British accent.

    He's from Massachusetts!
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  1. What exemplary small town website is from this man's hometown?

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    Dunedin, Florida
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    pinebluff.com / Via pinebluff.com
    Pinebluff, Arkansas
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    jefferson-texas.com / Via jefferson-texas.com
    Jefferson, Texas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    He's from Pinebluff, Arkansas!

    This dear man's accent falls under the larger linguistic category of Southern American English, which is a lot more than just "y'all."

    He's from Pinebluff, Arkansas!
    hometownpaintball.com / Via hometownpaintball.com

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  1. Which regional food represents this woman's hometown?

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    A Brooklyn pizza
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    A Maine lobster roll
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    A Los Angeles taco
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    A Louisiana beignet
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    Correct!
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    She's from Brooklyn!

    Although this accent can be found in many different areas of New York, this particular woman is from Brooklyn. Linguists believe this is one of the most distinctive accents in the U.S. and although there are many versions of it, you can count on the fact that they all say "on line" instead of "in line."

    She's from Brooklyn!
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  1. Which of these postcards would be from this woman's home state?

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    California
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    Colorado
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    North Carolina
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    Michigan
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's from Orange County, California!

    If you listen really hard, this woman says "hella" instead of "Stella" because of her Californiaspeak. She also has a touch of vocal fry, a notorious (and extremely contentious) speech pattern that originated in California.

    She's from Orange County, California!
    Fox

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  1. Which of these baseball teams is from this woman's hometown?

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    The Washington Nationals
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    The Philadelphia Phillies
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    The L.A. Dodgers
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    The New York Yankees
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's from Philadelphia!

    That Philly accent you (maybe) hear is actually one of the most studied in the U.S. because William Labov, the godfather of linguistics, worked out of UPenn.

    She's from Philadelphia!
    Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Is this nice lady from Texas?

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    Yes m'am, y'all would be crazy to think otherwise.
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    USA Today / Via Facebook: usatoday
    No way! She's from a southern state, but definitely not Texas.
    USA Today / Via Facebook: usatoday
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's from Texas!

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  1. When this lady walks her dog, what does she see?

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    This barn in Oklahoma
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    These train tracks in Indiana
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    This tree in South Carolina
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    This boat in Mississippi
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    She sees the boat because she's in Mississippi!

    This dear lady's southern twang is from Mississippi, which also falls under the umbrella of "Southern American English" according to linguists. Fun fact: her dog, Miz Bootyface does not have an accent when she barks.

    She sees the boat because she's in Mississippi!
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  1. What does this man catch?

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    Waves in Hawaii like he's in a gum commercial or something.
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    Bears in Alaska (with his CAMERA, geez.)
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    Correct!
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    He's from Hawaii!

    This is a tricky one because there are many, many diverse accents and influences from all over the world in Hawaii, including Japan, China, the U.S. as well as the O.G. native Hawaiians.

    He's from Hawaii!
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  1. Which Reese Witherspoon role is this woman's accent inspiration?

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    MGM / Via imdb.com
    Elle Woods from Cali
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    Fox Searchlight Pictures / Via imdb.com
    Cheryl Strayed from Pennsylvania
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    Buena Vista Pictures / Via imdb.com
    Melanie "Carmichael" Smooter Perry from Alabama
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    Paramount Pictures / Via imdb.com
    Tracy Flick from Nebraska
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    Correct!
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    She's from Sweet Home Alabama!

    Although this lady's hair will never be as perfect as Reese's was in that movie, she's from Elmore, Alabama (and so is her accent.) Doesn't she sound incredibly polite?

    She's from Sweet Home Alabama!
    Buena Vista Pictures

Big ups to the George Mason University Speech Accent Archive for their recordings! Also worth noting: accents are incredibly diverse and never totally fixed, so keep that in mind! <3 <3

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