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    Iowans now have accents...

    How come when I visit Iowa now, after having moved away only 7 years ago, everyone speaks like a southerner?

    Did the racetrack in Newton really instill it's "southern-participle" that heavily in my formerly plain speaking state?

    Please tell me that I'm not the only person to notice this......hell my own father has a different way of speaking now and he's almost 60, I can't believe it.

    (FWIW places I've lived since leaving Iowa...Chicago 2 years, Atlanta 2 years, NYC 3 years)

    I used to tell people that Iowans talked similar to newscasters, very plain and stripped down of any sort of accent. I find this no longer to be true.


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    iowans always had an accent, i call it the farmer accent since every farm area i've been in have the same accent




    edit: btw, its soda, not pop, so many iowans say pop



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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Hmmm........Lets see. You have lived in 3 different places that have notable accents, a chicago accent, a southern accent, and a new england accent. Shot in the dark, but maybe you're used to hearing their ****** english and aren't used to hearing great english from great iowans?


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Hmmm........Lets see. You have lived in 3 different places that have notable accents, a chicago accent, a southern accent, and a new england accent. Shot in the dark, but maybe you're used to hearing their ****** english and aren't used to hearing great english from great iowans?
    New yorkers do not have a new England accent. There's a big difference


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Iowans speak with, as Robert Heinlein used to describe, a harsh "midwestern" accent that's not all that pleasant to listen to according to some people. But RH lived in Malibu and became used to that nasally Cally accent.


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    New yorkers do not have a new England accent. There's a big difference
    Exactly. Went to NYC in May and hung out with some friends. One was from Connecticut the others from NYC. There was a big difference in the NYC accent and the 'New England' accent. There is also a noticeable difference between the NYC accent and the Long Island accent.

    On another note, we played a game with the guy from New England. He couldn't find Iowa ona map. He couldn't really identify any state west of Pennsylvania.



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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Rural Iowans have a "redneck" accent. Plain and simple.



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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by QuickQuestion View Post
    Rural Iowans have a "redneck" accent. Plain and simple.
    Nah, "redneck" speaks of Alabamans and Mississipians; ours is not that thick.
    Think along the lines of Tennessee, Kentucky, and southern Indiana modified by Minnesota-like Norwegian english.


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by QuickQuestion View Post
    Rural Iowans have a "redneck" accent. Plain and simple.
    If you consider that redneck, then you have never been to missouri, arkansas, and surrounding states.



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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by IowaStateClones View Post
    If you consider that redneck, then you have never been to missouri, arkansas, and surrounding states.
    Or here...

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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Everyone has an accent. It's all relative.


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Everyone has an accent. It's all relative.
    exactly, everyone in the south thinks I have an accent (from Iowa). To them their slow southern drawl is normal and I am the one with a weird sounding voice. The Iowa "Redneck" accent is nothing compared to Kentucky, Tenn, SC, GA, etc, the Iowa drawl sounds fake becuase it isn't slow like the true south. If they aren't flying the rebel flag cause the South will rise again, they aren't Rednecks!


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    Re: Iowans now have accents...

    When I lived in Iowa I noticed the accent people would exhibit greatly depended on what part of the state they were from. It seems that the Ames/Des Moines area (central IA) had the least accent. As you went north and/or west it progressively became a northern Midwestern accent. As you went south it became similar to a Missourian accent (which is much different than most southern accents btw). If you went southeast the rate of speech slowed to rival southern Illinois/southern Indiana/Kentucky.

    I grew up on the MN border. Once you crossed the border it was obvious because of the immediate change in accents.

    I moved from Iowa to North Carolina in 2008. The Raleigh area is a melting pot of American accents so I've heard many since moving here. I also had the opportunity to see a speech I gave on video. I never thought I had much of an accent but I was surprised to find that I had such a strong northern Midwestern accent. Now I can't help but think about that when I talk to my family members (who have the same accent I've noticed).

    Lastly, it's "pop" not "soda" or "Coke", and there is not "R" in wash. The whole pop/soda thing bugs me living in the south. Nobody gets that north of the Mason-Dixon line (minus the northeast) that it is called pop.



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