Have you ever been suddenly made aware that you have a strong accent? I think of this from time-to-time. I always think I sound "normal" (whatever that means, right?) but then I will hear myself on tape and think, "OMG, I have THE worst Wisconsin/Minnesota accent"! Like, my accent is bad. If you've ever seen the movies, New in Town or Drop Dead Gorgeous, that is what I sound like. And my accent is worse than say, my sister's. Which is weird. I was in Cancun, Mexico, on a tourist bus when someone a few seats back said, "you must be from Wisconsin, right?" and I looked at him with huge eyes and said, "how do you KNOW?" and he said, "oh, the accent gives it away -- it's a very pleasant one though!" (So much for traveling incognito, right? Guess I could never hide in Mexico if I tried.)
Another situation where it was been brought to my attention? One time, PC (pre-children), I was out with friends and we were in this bar (our town has the record for most bars in a city square, but I digress), and these guys were in town because there is a military base nearby so they were from the South and they could NOT stop laughing at us, and particularly me! They had me say all these words and they said we say them all "wrong" -- LOL, like bag. Bag to me is pronounced "bag" (rhymes with "hag") but apparently people say "bahg" or something which boggles my mind! And the word, car, is pronounced "car" but they said you're supposed to say, "cah" -- say what? There's an "r" on the end. We really draw out our vowels here, I guess. Oh, another one is "roof" which I pronounce the "Os" as having the same sound as "took" but other people say "rewf", as in the same "o" sound as "move".
One thing I actually catch myself saying is, "Oh, I knooooow" and I know that is the most "Minnesota" thing that I do.
I don't know if this rambling is even making sense but anyhow! I will try and upload some video sometime -- I think I have some shorter clips.
Where are you from and do you have an accent? Tell me stories.