My hubby is from New York City but he grew up all over the United States. I am from NC. When we married, my hubby was in the Air Force. We have lived in almost every section of the country. A couple of years ago we moved back to NC. My youngest son-16- is taking some courses at a small community college. He was asked if he was from England. Surprised he said, no. He also explained that he has a slight speech impediment and thought that was what his classmates were hearing. A young man in his class said in all seriousness said that he wished that he had my son's speech impediment because girls' like an accent. Yesterday, a taxi bus service(I think that it is run by the county) pulled up to the school. The driver heard Chris talking. She got out of the vehicle to ask him where he was from. He explained but she said that she thought he had a very nice accent. He said that she kept asking him where 'his people were from, " And What his nationality was. Really, my son does not have a British accent nor does he sound as if he does. So we are puzzled why some people think that he does. I think that perhaps because he doesn't have either a southern or northern accent that people are assuming that he is from outside of the states. I also think that because he has been homeschooled that maybe he isn't using the same slang as the other kids. The class that he is taking has younger adults attending. Maybe his grammar is a bit better then theirs? These are the states that we have lived in. Any idea how the accents from these places can be combined to make a nonAmerican accent? Washington State, Mississippi, Iowa/Nebraska, California and NC.