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Words That People From Michigan Just Can’t Pronounce Properly

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It’s been said that the Midwestern accent is  the most widely perceived “mainstream” American English accent.  In fact, a lot of TV and Radio broadcasters prefer their anchors and DJs to have this Midwestern accent because “it plays well in all parts of the country.”

That is until you start to dig deep into the accent and realize that us Midwesterners, particularly Michiganders, have some really interesting pronunciations.  For one, we love to pronounce the letter “I” as an “E”.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Check out this (incomplete) list of words that people from Michigan just can’t seem to pronounce correctly.  If you have any more words that you think should be added to the list, post them in the comments below!

Accident – Ahk-see-dent
Asphalt – Ash-fault
Bagel – Begel
Both – Bowlth
Clothes – Cloze
Come here – Kah-Meer
Comfortable – Comf-derble
Crayons – Cranz
Dearborn – Deer-burn
Fire – FI-yer
Forever – Fer-ev-er
Garage – Graage
Glass of – Glassa
Groceries – Groshries
Hockey – HA-Key
Hundred – Hunnerd
I’m going to – Imma
Kind of – KI-nuh
Library – Lie-Berry
Meijer – Meijer’s
Milk – Melk
Mirror – Meer
Mom – Maahm
Or – Er
Picture – Pitch-Er
Pillow – Pellow
Pop – Pahp
Refrigerator – Fridge-Er-Ader
Sandwich – Sam-Which
Second – Seck-Int
Secretary of State – Secretaria State
Something – Sump-In
Squash – Skwersh
To – Tuh
Used to – Yoosta
Vanilla – Vah-Nella
W – Dub-yah
Wash – Wersh
Weekend – Weak-In
Window – Winder
Woods – Wuds
You – Yah or Yuh

Once again, this list is incomplete, so if you have any more words that you think should be added to the list, post them in the comments below!

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