Moose, stop making it so tempting for me to pick on you. And for some reason, despite being an urban Chicago family since we came to America, the conjunction "Prid'near" is still thrown around by the old folks. Never knew why. But like any where else in the world, the accents around here depend mostly on geography and ancestry. Folks from the surrounding counties (DuPage, Will, Kane) and suburbs all seem to have a generic accent I can best call "Midwestern, not rural" which due to its lack of easily identifable ticks I can't really explain. Watch any teen movie set on the North Shore (Ferris Buller, 16 Candles, Breakfast Club) for an idea. Outer Cook County or just out side of the city is where you start to run smack dab into the vocal quirks asscoiated with Chicago. The is rarely pronounced 'th-uh' and NEVER 'thee'. It is either 'Ta' or 'Da'. Also, around is only around when you mean 'in this general area' not 'turn a corner'. For example, 'It's around here.' but you go 'round the corner'. Any store or intersecton nearby is refered to as "The Corner". no matter whats there. The hodgepodge of ethnicities in the City Proper however, is for another post. Or 5.
Everybody tells me I have a Canadian accent, fuck em'.
Moose12;4268442Southern Accents really get on my nerve, just a personal thing I guess.
Well lucky for you many Southerners don't make it as far as MinneSOHtuh.
No they don't, unfortnately I have family from Tennesee. I'll revise my statement though, I don't hate south south accents but rather middle U.S., like Tennesee, Kentucky, South Carolina, places like mississippi, texas I can deal with.
Then go in exile in the UP or something.