Contrary to what Midwesterners often think, we do speak with an accent. And it’s a funny one at that, depending whom you ask.
It’s achieved by “talking as though your lower jaw has fallen off and you have to form words with the rest of your face,” according to Edward McClelland.
So the author explains in his new book, “How To Speak Midwestern,” which is both a cultural history of and field guide to the varieties of speech throughout middle (real?) America.