Do people in the Twin Cities have Minnesota accents?
One poster in the "Minneapolis" thread keeps insisting multiple times that people in Minneapolis and St. Paul do not have Minnesota accents, and that the accent is only a feature of people in rural parts of the state.
So the only way to settle this is the way we settle everything: with a poll.
Please only post from experience: that is, if you have yourself actually visited Minneapolis and/or Saint Paul.
Poll was somehow fucked up. Argh.
Some do. Some don't. But you knew that.
Occasionally you'll hear some "O" sounds that are different, but otherwise there's not much difference from California, Michigan, or Oregon. Pretty standard newscaster-speak.
People who grow up in urban areas in MN do not have the thick accent-- I grew up there and it's just a fact... sort of like in the hick southern towns how you can barely understand people b/c their accent is so thick. Sorry Southern Queens, but I speaka da truth!
Now if you would have said Duluth, OP...
Bengali in Platforms
Some do. Some do not.
Just like any other place as a function of it's recognized accent.
Also Minneapolis is teeming with people from elsewhere in the Upper Midwest who have precisely what you are referring to as a Minnesota accent in spite of the fact that many of them are from surrounding states.
I am from Oregon, and dated a guy from st Paul years ago. I brought him home to meet friends and family, and several people asked what country he was from. Seriously, it was like another language at times.
[quote]Based on your actual personal experience in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, do people who live there speak
Do you have to remind them that they're all mutes.
I'm from the deep South. I'm dismayed by the noise I hear when people from Minnesota speak. However, that accent isn't nearly as dreadful as that demonstrated by people from Ohio.
Cue for someone to post that people from Ohio don't have accents. Cue for me to respond that darling, they do, they do...
r7, I've lived in Eugene and the twin cites area (Edina) and I'd say that's nonsense. I went to UST for 2 years and never noticed a significant accent. Now there is that thing where "about" sometimes becomes "abote" but it was pretty rare.
r9 you're from the south and think Ohio has an accent? I guess you also think concert pianists play badly because they don't play like you, right?
There are so many words that they pronounce differently, and some that I have never heard of. For example, they call rubber bands 'binders'. Dinner is 'supper'. Your family are your 'folks', and yes the o's are all fucked up. Abote is a word, and even the word Minnesota becomes minnesooooooota. That being said, they are the nicest people on the planet, at least to your face.
[quote]R9] you're from the south and think Ohio has an accent?
That awful flat whine. How nice for you that you don't hear it.
R9, who doesn't play like Glenn Gould but thinks he's a genius...
Yes, many Twin Cities people have an accent. It's not as pronounced as in Northern Minnesota, but it exists.
Same in Wisconsin (north/south).
Same in many places. Yes, Ohioans have accents, depending on what part of Ohio. There's what's commonly referred to as the Pittsburghese accent, which stretches to eastern Ohio and West Virginia. Southwestern Ohioans have something more akin to Southern accents, and the rest tend to lean towards the Chicago/Indiana accent.
Regional accents are kind of interesting to me. I worked for AT&T about 15 years ago in college and got to the point where I could tell the differences.
The New York, Philly, NJ and Baltimore accents are similar but have their own differences.
Same with southern accents. Texas/OK is different than Arkansas, which is different than LA/Alabama, which is different than Georgia, etc.
Listen to Nick Starcevic from Big Brother. The only bit of Minnesota I hear in his speech are in the o's. And he has a bit of gayvoice going on.
I can easily notice southern accents. Same with Boston, NYC, some of NJ and other New England areas. But the rest of the US sounds mostly alike, like every actor on TV. If there are variations in those regions, it must be very subtle.
Most of the people who live there have no idea they have an accent. I saw Fargo in the theater three times - in the heart of Uptown. Each time, at the end, at least one voice piped up in the heaviest of Minnesotan cadences..."ohmigod, we don't talk that way."
The people there....like little houses, all of them.
Thank you, r18, for brightening my day. I can hear it perfectly, ESPECIALLY the "ohmigod." Especially that.
Bengali in Platforms
I live in the Metro now, but I grew up in Ely...and I can tell u, NO ONE down here can hold a candle to how thick my accent is, I get mistaken for a Swedish guy FAR to often in other parts of the US...