The NYT thinks my accent is from Yonkers

Test here.

Of course, they’re not really set up to distinguish archaic RP from any American accent but Yonkers is still well wide of the mark.

21 thoughts on “The NYT thinks my accent is from Yonkers”

  1. Yeah, well. It’s not Manhattan or Park Slope, Brooklyn so it’s all part of The Great Unknown. At least they didn’t think you were from Jersey

  2. So basically, pretty well all Brits, no matter their accent, sound like people from Yonkers. Really?

    The UK one was a bit long, as it only takes two words to pinpoint my upbringing: tick and barmcake.

  3. Philip Scott Thomas

    Mine is upstate New York – Buffalo and Rochester. That’s interesting, because my Michigan hometown was settled largely by people from upstate New York.

  4. Bloke in California

    Jackson, Mississippi, or Alabama for me, which is nowhere near Yorkshire. It was right about my wife coming from Chicago, although her answer to the roundabout question was “scary”.

  5. It got my English origin right, although the red bits covered most of the SE. And Bath, from where I am not.

  6. Maybe my browser is taking me to a page different from the one the link takes you to. I wound up on a page with 25 vocabulary questions, but no microphone icon for them to determine my spoken accent.

    (N.B. by Yonkers they mean anywhere in Westchester county.)

  7. I am Tasmanian and it returned Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines.
    I have never been to the US so wouldn’t know if that stacks up at all.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ Jackson, Mississippi, or Alabama for me, which is nowhere near Yorkshire. It was right about my wife coming from Chicago, although her answer to the roundabout question was “scary”.”

    That’s where I ended and I’m a Yorkshireman. At least it seems to be consistent.

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