HT to Robin Lee Hatcher ( for the following fascinating quiz.

I’ll never forget the day last year when I was signing books at a school in South Carolina. This adorable boy came up for me to sign his book, so I asked his name. “Cly,” he said.

“Clyde?” I asked, not sure I’d heard him correctly.

He shook his head. “Cly.”

I tried spelling it: “C-L-Y?”

He shook his head again. “No, C-L-A-Y.”

Oh. Clay. Which in my part of the country rhymes with hay, stay, and convey.

Then again, those words probably rhyme in his part of the country, too. 🙂


What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Northeast
The Inland North
The West
The South
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


  1. Dana

    That was fun!!

    Here’s mine:

    That’s a Southern accent you’ve got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don’t have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.

    Although Clay in my world also rhymes with hay… hay as in hey, not hi. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Interesting – 1st time I appeared to have an Inland North, 2nd time was South, and the 3rd time was Midland. The problem was I answered each the same way each time. I’m from the southern part of NC but have lived all over.

  3. Kristine dB

    Here are my results – “North Central” is what the professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.
    Yeah, well, I guess I fit right in, since I am a Canadian!
    BTW, I saw The Nativity Story on the weekend and loved it. Can’t wait to read the book now!

  4. Nat

    According to the quiz, I most likely come from the northeast, i.e. north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island.
    Way, way off.
    The quiz also said “If the answer was way, way off what it should be, well, there’s probably a reason for that, but we can’t figure it out now.”
    Well, I can figure it out. It’s because I’m from Melbourne, Australia.
    There is a world outside the USA, believe it or not!


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