America's Most Charming Accents
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No. 2 New Orleans
The “Who Dat!” mantra of Saints fans says a lot about the gumboesque local accent (with shades of Cajun, southern, and Italian) in the Crescent City. Folks even call the accent “Yat” (as in, saying “Whe-yat?” as short for “Where are you at?”). There are plenty of chances to hear it straight from the locals’ mouths: they ranked first for their civic pride as well as for their cafés and street performers. To blend in, just remember to call the city Noo AW-lins.