I was born in LA, California, however I have spent my entire life from 18 months to 70 years of age living in SW Ohio.
I have a typical Midwestern accent which doesn’t seem like a pronounced accent to me. It is more what I call lazy English. We typically chop off the g of any word ending in -ing.. Making it sound like ridin’ instead of riding, swimmin’ instead of swimming for example! We say n instead of and.
So SW Ohioians would say We went hikin’ n swimmin’ this week end. Another obvious example would be using “warsh” for wash! I just warshed my hair! Or those folks in Warshington, DC are crazy!
We use the description “ you guys” frequently! Have you guys seen my jacket? “You guys” are a group of friends typically often mixed with males and females. Very often your restaurant server will ask “How are you guys doin’ tonight?, speaking to a married couple or even 2 females.
To me it’s casual expressions rather than an obvious drawl, twang or overly pronounced syllables. Although my Canadian friends say I sound distinctly southern????
Another odd combo is “j’eet” and “jew”!
Did j’eet yet? No! jew?? For Did you eat yet! And No, did you?
The Leftists have left us!