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I heard this gem from a random guy talking to his friend while walking outside today. The context of the conversation seemed political, as I heard Romney's name. I laughed and was tempted to walk in front the guy then punch myself in the face.
This started me thinking - how identifiable is a Michigan accent? I grew up in Michigan so of course I don't find there to be a particular one compared to something as strong as a Southern or Eastern accent. I have been told that midwestern people accentuate their vowels a bit more than other people, but I've never noticed.
Is there a perception that Michigan inhabitants speak with a Canadian accent or something?
edit - I'm in the Bay Area, CA
edit2 - lol how did I not add this gif when I posted? http://rgifs.gifbin.com/3934yu85yu4.gif
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Ted Brogan 2 years ago
The farther north you go, you hear stronger accents. I wouldn't say Mid-Michigan has accents. Where did this take place?
This post was edited by Spartan8Ball 2 years ago
I'll give you a hint... "oo" doesn't make an "uh" sound.
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There's one word that I've noticed in my time in Michigan that sometimes is said in a funny way: Milk. For whatever reason, a sizable portion of Michiganders say "Malk".
This is a Pallas’s cat. Their round pupils give them an odd human quality. They disturb me...deeply.
Diane, punch me in the face
Nonsense. Everybody has an accent...to somebody else. It's all relative.
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and those people suck.
ive always thought the Michigan accent is most evident in the word 'history', which we say as 'hissteree'
"Ellen-oy" on the public address system at Spartan Stadium.
Thank you, Denicos.
The midwest is generally known for having a very neutral dialect as compared to other regions. Most people you see on TV speak this way.
Michigander (Michiganians) tent to have an upward inflection at the end of each SENTENCE. I had somebody tell me that and I've found it to actually be pretty true.
I hear milk with an "i" that sounds more like "mill" than "malk." You must have been hanging out with some oddballs transferred here from another state.
Then get me a damn fine cuppa joe.
I want to punch people when they say "ell-inoy," especially those who live in ILL-inoy. (I listen to WGN a lot and hear it all the time)
Disagree. I would say west coasters have the most neutral dialects.
I know. I meant what I hear.
Some folks I know who grew up in the rural areas west of Chicago pronounce "milk" that way, so a possible source is NW Illinois and possibly even southernmost Wisconsin. However, I've heard the same in my hometown (Grand Blanc). Used to drive me crazy when my classmates would say it that way in elementary school.
This explains it. Highly likely they could pick out the accent.
I didn't notice a Michigan accent until I moved away from the state. I remember thinking my entry-level linguistics prof at MSU was crazy when he mentioned it years back, but now when I go back to visit family, it's the most obvious thing in the world.
Its most obvious marker is the movement of some vowels from the back of the mouth to the front. "Hawk" becomes closer to "haak", for example (and "Illinois" becomes "Ellenoy").
There is an identifiable Michigan accent, which is just a slightly more pronounced form of the Northern Cities vowel shift. Basically, vowels shifted toward the upper front part of the mouth, making "cot" sound more like "cat," and "cat" more like "kyat." In Michigan, the strength of the accent varies somewhat and not entirely geographically, so someone from K-zoo might have a much stronger version than someone from Traverse. Overall though, it's still fairly Midwestern, so to an average listener it sounds like less of an accent than, say, that of New England or the south.
OK, now THAT'S interesting: when my family moved from the Chicago area to southwest Michigan, I remember thinking it was weird that other kids called it "melk" instead of "milk."
People in mid-Michigan definitely have a unique accent. I grew up in California and always teased my Michigan cousins about how they talked funny while we would visit during summer trips back here. Then, I moved here and went to MSU...20 years later I, too, now have that same accent.
The word I remember being the most blatent was pop. As in, "would you like a pop?". Two reasons, we called everything "coke" where I was from, and also the way they pronounced it. They said it more like "pap", whereas I said it more like "pop". Ha ha...don't even know how to write it otherwise to show how it sounded. "Mom" was another word that sounded weird.
They say "Melk". Which is understandable, given the heavy Dutch influence on the West Side of the state, since the Dutch word for 'milk' is 'melk'
The accent only gets bad once you get close to the U.P., other than that its not very noticeable if you are from the southern part of the state.
Now that you bring it up, how come Michiganders say "the square rut of four is two," but they don't say "Kalamazuh"?
...also known as Dooshville...the freakin armpit of the west coast. (LA is the anus and sweaty butt crack of the west coast)
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