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RockerChick14's avatar

Would a New Yorker find my accent annoying?

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DrBill's avatar

I’m not from NY, but I don’t see anything wrong with it.

gailcalled's avatar

No one would, since on my computer, I can hear nothing.

Buttonstc's avatar

From that little snippet it was difficult to discern an accent of any type since you really weren’t saying much (and most of it was barely above a whisper)

Would a New Yorker find it annoying ?

Depends upon the New Yorker.

To me the most annoying part was trying to figure out if anything was said at all :)

RockerChick14's avatar

Sorry you have to turn up the volume.

gailcalled's avatar

I did. Still nothing.

There are close to 9 million people (and counting) living in Manhattan. That’s a lot of different accents.

jaytkay's avatar

Here’s a quiz which should give you a way to describe your accent:

Which American accent do you have?

Mine is Northern
“You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.”

zenvelo's avatar

No, New Yorkers as a rule don’t get annoyed by accents. I’ve been to New York about thirty times in the last ten ears, and people are generally pretty friendly and helpful. More New Yorkers have an accent than visitors do.

bkcunningham's avatar

I heard you saying words and breathing, but I couldn’t determine your accent. Sorry.

Why does it matter anyway, @RockerChick14?

When you say New Yorker, do you mean New York City? My husband is a New Yorker and is from an area about 14 miles from Canada.

dabbler's avatar

We hear just about every king of language possible here. Over 800 of them. And there seems to be about that many ways to speak English around here too.
The only thing annoying about the recording to which you refer is that it’s tough to hear any actual words.
So, if anything would be annoying to a New Yorker about your accent it’s that
You Need To Speak Up!

JLeslie's avatar

No. You accent sounds fairly middle of the road. New Yorkers do get a little annoyed when people speak slowly, in fact when it comes to southern accent, New Yorkers can be kind of fascinated by them, unless they have a long drawl or speak very slowly. You didn’t sound southern I am just holding it up as an example. Southerners also sometimes use expressions that can be annoying to New Yorkers or make them sound not too swift. Anyway, my point is, accents usually don’t bother New Yorkers, it is other things in speech that bother them. I heard a statistic 1 in 3 people in NYC were born outside of the US, so that is a lot of accents in that city.

wundayatta's avatar

I once lived in NYC, and I found that recording very annoying. Don’t think it was the accent though. It was the lack of content and difficulty in making any sense out of what was being said.

There was one notable oddity and that was the funny way of attacking the “t” sound at the end of words. Was that on purpose, or some weird habit?

RockerChick14's avatar

What do you mean attacking the “t” sound?

wundayatta's avatar

It sounded to me like whoever was speaking was adding an extra heavy tuh at the end of a couple of words. But the sound quality on the recording was really bad, so that could have been an artifact of the recording.

lillycoyote's avatar

I suppose it would depend on the New Yorker, but there could be a lot of New Yorkers, or people anywhere, who might find your accent, whatever it is, and it is quite subtle… I bet a lot of people would find your accent quite charming. Don’t be too self-conscious about it.

JLeslie's avatar

@wundayatta It just sounded like the OP was very young to me, and wasn’t getting his sentence out. Sort of muffled or mubbling.

gailcalled's avatar

mubbling?

lillycoyote's avatar

@JLeslie and @gailcalled: I love “mubbling.” If it isn’t a word already, I think it certainly should be. Just my opinion though. “Mubbling: A portmanteau meaning “muffled babbling.”

But I’m going to fight for it. :-)

JLeslie's avatar

Mumbling.

lillycoyote's avatar

I still like “mubbling”. :-)

JLeslie's avatar

Me too. Let’s get it added to the dictionary. At minimum we can make it a fluther word.

lillycoyote's avatar

We could try submitting it to the Urban Dictionary.

It’s certainly debatable whether or not that is a “real” dictionary but there have been a lot of slang words and expression that I wouldn’t have understood if I hadn’t been able to look them up there.

I had a phrase accepted by them, something that came out of story @johnpowell posted, about his childhood… that I liked so much I submitted it.

And it’s the only dictionary I know of that accepts entries from just some random person, on the internet, who wants to submit a word and provide their own definition of it.

And mubbling is, as of yet, undefined. Plant your flag, @JLeslie. It’s yours, if you want it.

CWOTUS's avatar

I haven’t listened to your link, but a lot of New Yorkers are annoyed by everything. I hope @gailcalled has noted that I didn’t say “all”.

JLeslie's avatar

@lillycoyote I think you get some credit too.

Buttonstc's avatar

If “mubbling” is not a word from the universe of the Harry Potter books, then damn it, it ought to be.

bolwerk's avatar

It sounds like an accent from the midatlantic states to me, but it’s hard to hear. But it doesn’t sound like anything you wouldn’t hear a lot of between Northern Virginia and Connecticut, in any case.

_Whitetigress's avatar

You’re Canadian yes? Or from Minnesota. Those are my guesses.

LostInParadise's avatar

New York has a lot of immigrant groups with a whole range of accents. Additonaly, native New Yawkers have their own distinct accents, which vary slightly across different parts of the city. You would have to have a very peculiar accent for it even to be noticed.

JLeslie's avatar

I entered it into the dictionary…let’s see what happens.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh wait, mubble is already in there. My entry probably won’t make it in.

zenvelo's avatar

@JLeslie You’re entry might make it, they accept alternative definitions. Keep us posted if they take it! And mubbling is different from mubble…

Crashsequence2012's avatar

As an Atlantan living in Manhattan for a number of years I’d say thinking for yourself is what they would find most annoying.

bolwerk's avatar

@Crashsequence2012‘s definition of thinking for yourself = repeating Fox News tropes

Crashsequence2012's avatar

Sorry @bolwerk

I’ve never done that once.

That wouldn’t be me thinking for myself now would it?

bolwerk's avatar

@Crashsequence2012: of course not, but you wouldn’t dare to think for yourself.

Crashsequence2012's avatar

New Yorkers are a bunch of boring sheeple when it comes to some things.

Clothes? Dining? Nightlife? excellent.

But politics? Sooo predictable.

New Yorkers think they’re so wonderful and smart and that the rest of the country is populated by ignorant inbreds yet would panic in the streets if the milk ran out.

dabbler's avatar

Pretty much all of the country would panic in the streets if the milk ran out.

bolwerk's avatar

@Crashsequence2012: maybe you need to broaden your scope a little. You shouldn’t base your opinion of New Yorkers on your experiences interacting with your fellow inmates at Bellevue.

Crashsequence2012's avatar

@bolwerk

Better than the inmates at Columbia University.

bolwerk's avatar

@Crashsequence2012: yeah, sure, everyone is predictably the same at Columbia. There is no diversity of opinion or thought at all. They simply exist to disagree with you, the one person who thinks for himself north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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