Since my job over the last 5 years has involved listening to people from all over the country, I think I can scientifically conclude that the ugliest American accent is either “generic Pennsylvania” or “New Orleans white person.” On the other hand, IMO the nicest American accents come from Georgia/South Carolina

New York, New Jersey, and Boston accents always sound like the person is about to start shouting and/or punch you out, but the only person to actually threaten me over the phone was based in Hawaii

Utah/Idaho accents are weird because half of my brain says “comforting, nice, probably someone I’m distantly related to” and the other half says “I heard your voice in a true crime documentary about someone with a basement full of kidnapped children”

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Anyone with a strong Upper Midwest accent is, statistically, about 7 minutes from talking about the wonders of lakes at any given time (I know this not from my job, but from my wife, who is an Upper-Midwestern Lake Enthusiast)

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@alpine_thistle and, relatedly how fucked up mining along the border is since it'll poison the boundary waters and Lake Superior. And that doesn't go anywhere for at least 200 yrs.

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@britvulcan “dat mining over dere”

@alpine_thistle hmm, well I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and I am inclined to agree with you on that count. I have a bunch of relatives with that dialect so to me that one is just loud; let’s get plastered and blast stuff away! I live in Minnesota now, so the lake thing, definitely. I think my favorite is Boston or New York, something nor’easter. Nothing too strong though, or else it sounds like a bad caricature, like someone is acting in a play.

@FromtheAbyss Pennsylvania to me sounds like a terrible mashup of upper Midwest and New York accents

A really strong Boston accent on a man gives me “intolerable asshole” vibes even if he’s actually really nice

@alpine_thistle really? I like Boston, though can’t give you a tangible reason for that. I don’t like a really strong Pennsylvania because i’ve heard it so very often. Then again I’d be hard-pressed to find any accent I like laid on too thick. Sounds inauthentic to me, like it couldn’t possibly be real.

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