The Accent Meme

Because if all of my friends jumped off of a bridge I would too.

If somehow you haven’t seen one of these yet, there is a list of words and a few questions asked. The participants make videos of themselves saying all of the words and letting everyone hear their accents.

At first I wasn’t going to do this. I am from Ohio. I don’t have an accent.


After watching Sam’s video and Holly’s video I realized that we all have accents. So here I am.*

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The questions:

Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theatre, 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.

And answer the following questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
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 your grandparents?
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 use to change the TV channel?

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*So I recorded about 5 of these because I felt so bad about what I said about y’all in my first video and ended up using it anyway. I love many people from the south, but when I was in 7th grade I decided to take it as a compliment when people called me a Yankee and so I made it a point not to say y’all. Also when I did say ya’ll my Ohio friends made fun of me. I hope I didn’t offend anybody.

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  1. Ha. Love it. And if you had the Merlin accent bad I would have made fun of you a long time ago. You can only hear it when I say OVER. Hon.

  2. Ok, you were totally cute and adorable there.

    I find that I tend to use multiple words or pronunciations interchangeably. And sometimes I make up my own words. Basically, I have no control over what comes out of my mouth.

  3. There’s another name for Daddy Long Legs spiders?

  4. finally did it!

  5. I think you have a lovely accent – and I’d say (from all the many of these I’ve watched (it’s like an addiction…)) you are the closest I’ve heard to “not having an accent” apart from the obvious thing that you sound “American” (which is totally non-specific for me – I can only distinguish Bronx and Deep South!). I did mine (of course) for a British take on this (and of course think I don’t have an accent either!).

  6. I loved Sid’s cameo.

    I use most of the same words as you — must be central NY and ohio are similar?

    I am intrigued by what it’s called when the sun shines and it rains. I will have to see what other regions say about that.

    Great to see you the other night! Awesome show!!

  7. Love this. And i LOVE that you don’t say anything when it rains when the sun is shining. There’s no term for that I’m pretty sure, its just raining. the end. So far, I’m still too lazy to do my own accent meme…or brush my hair in order to do so.

  8. I didn’t really notice an accent, but that could be because it is much like the ones I hear here in Kansas (and my husband sounds the same, and he was born around the area in which you live now).

    I did do it 😀

  9. i love that you said toilet and then Sid ran into the microphone and it sounded like a fart!


  10. As a fellow Ohioan, I freely admit that I want to jack slap people who call pop ‘soda’ and pile drive the Southern Jackass Cabal that insists on calling all carbonated beverages ‘coke’.

    No, I don’t have anger issues, shut up.

  11. You sound perfectly normal to me!

    And I call it a cloud-burst, when it rains while the sun is shining.

  12. “Y’all” is a contraction of “you” and “all.” Therefore, the accent mark goes after the “y.” I am unsure of the correct spelling of “youse guys,” which is what people from NJ say when they mean “y’all.”

  13. You so totally sound like you’re from Florida, because everyone knows it’s pronounced FLAH-rida.

    I can’t participate in this because even though I’m from Jersey, I so totally sound like I’m from Brooklyn. See?

  14. mollyminks says:

    I love your site. You have a nice blogging style. I am jealous of those with such talent. Keep it up!

  15. Really funny post… interesting stuff!

  16. Cutie pie. Yes, I mean you. Betch. xo

  17. Aw, I miss you!

    (SUN SHOWER. It’s a sun shower!)

  18. smart aleck says:

    Loved this.

    Words that should be added to the list are insurance, orange and umbrella.
    Questions–what is the writing instrument that is not a pencil, and what do you call it when you touch that device on the wall and the room gets dark?

    I understand the y’all thing. I crossed the Mason Dixon by choice but still wanted to sound like “me”. I think part of the reason I married my Southern husband is because he says “you guys” (I wasn’t his first Yankee). My accent is much softer than it once was, but when I worked my first job I had a customer ask where I was “really from” (she claimed I said my numbers weird; I was born at the hospital across town), so I’m not sure if it was ever that strong.

    Also, they say that you can tell where someone is originally from if you hear them when they are angry. All the vocal coaching in the world goes down the drain when you’re pissed off.

  19. What is the thing you use to change the TV channel? My husband

    I know this is way late, but I couldn’t resist.

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