4.23.2007

Guessed wrong

I met someone today who didn't sound like they were from Chicago or even the midwest, so I assumed they were from Philadelphia or at least Pennsylvania, since the way they were pronouncing their r's and other consonants was different. Plus, their words didn't sound as "relaxed" as other parts of the country.

Well, I was wrong. They were from New Jersey, and I was disappointed I hadn't guessed their accent, especially because I know people from New Jersey and have heard the accent often. Then I realized that perhaps because they were originally from New Jersey but had been living in Chicago for a while, that perhaps their accent had become softened and not remained as "severe."

I used to be pretty good at guessing accents, and still think I'm okay at it, but maybe because I don't meet as many people as I used to, it's affected my accent-detecting skill level. Oh well.

2 comments:

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

05 02 07

Hehhehee No, that happens sometimes. There is always someone who can fool ya! The most difficult accents to pinpoint are high blooded DC folk because unless you hear them say certain words, they could be from California or the Midwest somewhere.

mj said...

Wow, I hadn't thought of that probably because I haven't met high-blooded DC folks.