1. Do you think you have the same accent as most of the people who live in your neighborhood, or do you sound like you’re from somewhere else?
Yes, I was born and raised in town.
2. Have you ever been mistaken by a stranger as being from somewhere other than your place of birth? If so, what’s the farthest from your hometown one has guessed you’re from?
Nope, I have a mid-Connecticut accent.
3. If you had to come up with a name for the dialect you hear most often, what would it be?
4. Take the quiz: What Kind of American English Do You Speak?
You Speak General American English!
55% General American English
10% Upper Midwestern
5. What regional word or expression common to your area do you find yourself using most often?
Package store as in “I’m going to the package store to buy some rum.”
6. Which regional word or expression common to your area do you hate the most?
Newbritan for New Britain
Last year I was down in Asheville in a fast food place and as I was leave the woman said, “You all come back again.” I looked around the restaurant and there was nobody else there.
It used to be if you went up to Massachusetts and ordered a milkshake that was once you got, milk shaken. But we taught them the right way to make a milkshake, with milk and ice cream.
Also one time when I was in Boston the waiter asked me what I wanted to drink and I said soda. Usually I get a reply, cola, lemon lime, root beer, etc., but instead he walked away and returned with a club soda. However, that no longer happens.