After yesterday’s fun and comments on “Victoria”, I just HAD to do this accent post.

(which btw, the BEST fat kid names were Kit and Violet.  Which is weird, because Kit reminds me of American Girl doll and Violet of Willy Wonka, two very American things!)

Back before I started blogging, I remember reading Janetha’s accent post and knew that I wanted to do it.  Apparently it was quite the rage back in February of last year.

Some say I have a Southern accent.  I can’t hear it.  Now, I can totally turn it on if I want to, but how I normally speak isn’t NEARLY as Southern as most of the people I know.

So here’s how it goes:

I videotape myself speaking the words below, then answering the questions.  Easy peezy, lemon squeezy.

The words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

The questions:

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

 And without further ado…here I am:

**edited to add:  After watching this, I TOTALLY have a Southern accent.  Oh my gawsh!!**

Victoria is a nice gal, I think.  A wee bit hard to understand. 

QUESTIONS:  Do I sound Southern?  What were they trying to get at on the “rain during the sun” question?  Weekend plans?

splendid…lindsay

  1. Brianna Williams says:

    This was awesome! I don’t think your accent is bad at all. You said most of the words the way I would say it. In southern California where I grew up we said T.P.ing. We also say “tennis shoes” for gym shoes even though they aren’t for tennis. My husband says that he calls rain while its sunny “tigers having babies” although I’ve never heard that before (he is from Pennsylvania).
    Thanks for sharing! I think its cool you type with an accent :)

  2. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut says:

    You are southern!! I love it!

    I think it’s funny when we go to Texas and they ask “What kind of coke do you want?” We say “pop” here in the midwest. We also say “tennis shoes” and “grocery cart.” The little differences between areas are so funny.

    I think the part where it was talking about addressing a group of people was meant to see if you’d say, “Y’all.” And the rain during sun? Rainbow? It’s a weird question…

    Cute vlog! :-)

  3. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut says:

    Aw you are southern! Love it!

    I always think it’s so funny when I’m in Texas with my godparents and they say “what kind of coke do you want?” We say “pop” here in the midwest. ;-) We also call gym shoes “tennis shoes” and a “shopping cart” instead of a buggy. So funny the little differences!

    And I think the question where it talked about addressing a group of people, one answer could have been “Y’all.”

    Cute post!! :-)

  4. Bonnie says:

    PS – British people DO sound smarter! And I think all swearing is a-o.k. when you swear in a British accent – try it sometime. It doesn’t sound offensive at all.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Great post! So fun to hear more of your voice…I don’t think your accent is strong southern in the annoying way (hope I don’t offend anyone!) – like not super twangy (can you tell I’m not a fan of country music?!) – but in a fun, different way. It’s subtle but shows where you’re from – I like catching it in your TT videos! Speaking of which, I’m going to do mine today!

    …definitely call the sun + rain a sun shower, although I’m not sure where I ever heard it. And I’m with Allie – T.P.ing is what we called it when we toilet papered a house. ;) Have a wonderful weekend, friend! Fun way to start it off.

  6. Parita @ myinnershakti says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and absolutely love it! You now have me thinking about doing an accent vlog. I always find it interesting to finally hear a blogger’s voice after reading his/her blog for so long. :) It’s fun to see if it matches up to what the blogger sounded like in my head for so long.

  7. sarah @ sarah learns says:

    hahaha, i LOVE victoria! my british accent is terrible.

    and you definitely talk like a southern girl! i didn’t do this vlog when it was first circling around, but now i want to do it. i’m from wisconsin and definitely have the accent to go with it – i say Q-pon for coupon. sorry in advance if you watch my video. :)

    p.s. when ppl were doing this vlog a while ago, the answer to the raining when the sun is out question was a sun shower? i had never heard of that before, but that’s what a lot of ppl said.

  8. Lee says:

    I agree that they’re trying to see if you say y’all. I did this last January – http://inmytummy.com/2011/01/28/do-i-have-an-accent/

    I actually had my husband do it too and for the rain/sun thing, he said, “The Devil Beating His Wife.” which is some sort of Southern thing, I guess. He’s from SC.

    You definitely have a southern accent in my opinion. Not so much when you said the actual words (although lawyer and mayo sounded southern), but when you just talked. I liked your Victoria, that was pretty good!

  9. Allie Finch says:

    your Victoria is cute! The toilet paper one is T.P.ing or toilet papering (like you said). I’m not sure on the rain one: spring shower? For addressing a group, I think they want to know if you say hey, hi, or hello and guys, everyone, everybody, or ya’ll.

  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    This is awesome! I’ve never seen it before, but it’s really interesting. :) I think they wanted to you say “ya’ll” for how to address a group of people – at least that’s what I thought of. I had no idea about the rain + sun thing, but Kris’ explanation sounded good.

    It’s funny that there are a few words that I say differently from you – but I think that’s because I’ve lived in the north & the south. I might have to do this for my blog next week. :)

    I didn’t know that talking british makes you smarter!

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