How strong is your Buffalo accent? [QUIZ]
If you were born and raised in western New York State, you might not even realize how strong your Buffalo accent is.
When you’re a Buffalo transplant, the accent is a bit more noticeable, and there’s a little quiz you can use to determine how strong your Buffalo accent really is.
The Buffalo accent has strong traces of European dialects, including Polish and German, but also Italian / Scilian. A language teacher identified a handful of attributes of the Buffalo accent, including:
- the “dish a”
- “hard one”
- other variations in our speech, including the drop-down list of central vowels
- For example, “lit” might sound like “bad”.
There are even traces of a “valley girl” accent in Buffalo too, but it’s more about intonation.
One sentence will reveal how strong (or weak) your Buffalo accent is.
“ Frank and Joanne got off Transit from Amherst to Lancaster. “
People with a Buffalo accent will have a long, hard A in words like Frank, Ran, Lancaster.
Many people on the outside have said that the West New York accent looks like a combination of a New York and Canadian accent.
You may also hear the Buffalo accent in these other colloquial words and statements.
So… how strong is your accent? 🙂
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