18 Uncles — The Yooper Accent

If ya don’t knooo, now ya knooo

Mitchell Peterson
6 min readAug 22, 2023
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I absolutely love a good accent, and I have a theory that ugly accents don’t exist, and it always depends on the person it’s coming out of. A radiant, physically beautiful human speaking calmly or a warm grandmother cheerfully explaining something in any accent is pleasant, no matter the language or how thick and broken the English.

It’s always lovely.

Similarly, whichever accents are typically deemed attractive — Italian, French, Spanish, etc — when spoken by a shallow a**hole is never attractive even if the syllables sound nice.

It’s the energy of the speaker that makes the accent; that’s my theory. But beyond anecdotally at parties with friends and…



Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.