Remember accent challenges? They blew up on social media a couple of years ago. It was pretty cool listening to linguistic quirks from all over the world because it shows you how crazy English actually is.
However, it got me thinking about our sad state of affairs. Connecticut is severely lacking in the accent department when comparing it to other states. For example, we pretty much sound like everyone on TV or in the movies. The New York Times was convinced we lost our accent and tried to find it. Spoiler alert: they failed.
We may not have a twang or drawl, but we sure don’t pronounce our t’s in certain words. Go ahead: say “kitten” and “mountain.” I’m waiting.
But, I think that’s the only novelty we have. Connecticut’s accent is kinda lacking. That, or we steal nuances from New York or Massachusetts depending how far north or south you live.
I think the most drama our state can have in terms of pronunciation is how to prounounce caramel and coupon.
So, some can argue that Connecticut is a fan of the harsh “C” like in caught or pecan.
Here, try the accent challenge for yourself.
Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, Envelope
1. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
2. What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
3. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
4. What do you call gym shoes?
5. What do you say to address a group of people?
6. What do you call the kind of spider (or spider-like creature) that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
7. What do you call your grandparents?
8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
9. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
10. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
So, now that you finished the challenge, shop around on YouTube and compare your responses to those from other states. Because only then will you discover how boring our accent truly is.
Actually, I may just run around the CT Boom offices and gather a few people to make a Connecticut accent master list. Because we could always use another one on the internet.