Do you know why people born in L.A. don’t have a distinctive accent like New Yorkers and Texans do?

Duuude, come on! If you’re from here, you probably don’t hear a regional dialect, but lexicographer Grant Barrett, host of NPR’s A Way with Words, does. He says our accent is shared throughout the west and includes a vowel merger that has locals saying pen and pin the same way and pronouncing cool like cull. As for the stuff you hear cowboys drawling onscreen, most of that is a uniquely L.A. dialect that real folks of the Lone Star State know as Hollywood Texan. Yeehaw, J.R.!