The native Seattle accent is exemplified by Dino Rossi, the governor-elect (for the moment) of the state of Washington. I've heard a dead-similar accent from at least one other confirmed Seattle native.

The only easily-describable feature is its CICness. Rossi, for example, pronounces his surname (rA"si), it seems to me. A New York Speaker would use the "caught" vowel in "Rossi", since it is squarely in the "boss" class (cf. RonE "orff"). What's more, Rossi has a daughter named "Juliauna" a name (or spelling of a name) that could only have been dreamed up by a non-CINC person.
Beyond that, there's something weird going on at the timbre and intonation level. The accent is characterized by a sort of buzzing quality, and there's something there that's strangely reminiscent of the northern Ontarian speech of Alan Thicke (say, where is...?).

By the way, ever notice that Alan Thicke, Peter Jennings, and Jim Carrey, not to mention some members of the cast of at least one iteration of Degrassi High , all sort of look alike?

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The native Seattle accent is exemplified by Dino Rossi, the governor-elect (for the moment) of the state of Washington. I've ... something weird going on at the timbre and intonation level. The accent is characterized by a sort of buzzing quality,

You can hear some good examples of Rossi's Seattle accent in the campaign commercials archived here:
http://www.dinorossi.com/center/tv/hardworkfinal.html http://www.dinorossi.com/center/tv/statusquo.html
http://www.dinorossi.com/center/tv/change.html
http://www.dinorossi.com/center/radio/dinorossitalks.html http://www.dinorossi.com/center/tv/contrast.html

Steny '08!
The native Seattle accent is exemplified by Dino Rossi, the governor-elect (for the moment) of the state of Washington.

A friend who retired to the state of Washington emailed me one of those "you know you're if..." things about being from the Northwest. Among them was
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakimaand Willamette.
I know how to pronounce Sequim, because that's where my friend retired to. I think I know how to pronounce Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.

(I definitely know how to pronounce Bogalusa, Atchafalaya, Tangipahoa, Tchoupitoulas, and Belle Chasse.)

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A friend who retired to the state of Washington emailed me one of those "you know you're if..." things about being from the Northwest. Among them was 11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

I'm from the Northwest! Neat-oh!

SML
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A friend who retired to the state of Washington emailed ... how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

I'm from the Northwest! Neat-oh!

Welcome, Sara! Now for round two: Estacada, Clatskanie, Wallawa, Siuslaw, and The Dalles.

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I'm from the Northwest! Neat-oh!

Welcome, Sara! Now for round two: Estacada, Clatskanie, Wallawa, Siuslaw, and The Dalles.

Damn it. I'm confident about only one of those. Can I substitue Humptulips, Snoqualmie, Hoquiam, Walla Walla, and an alternate pronunciation of Washington?

SML
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Damn it. I'm confident about only one of those. Can I substitue Humptulips, Snoqualmie, Hoquiam, Walla Walla, and an alternate pronunciation of Washington?

Sure, we're easy goin' folk up here:
Estuh-CAY-duh.
CLATS-k'n-eye.
Wahl-LAU-uh
SIGH-u-slaw
The Dals (rhymes with "pals")
Which one were you sure of?
Speaking of Humptulips, at Boeing years ago, someone had posted a postcard under which someone else had written "Humptulips?", as if to ask if that's where it was from. Underneath that, another person wrote, "No, I prefer roses".

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A friend who retired to the state of Washington emailed ... how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

I'm from the Northwest! Neat-oh!

Clarification: the list is for identifiying people from the Pacific Northwest and is rather long on things having to do with rain. I'm emailing the whole thing to you separately.

John Varela
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John Varela filted:
I'm from the Northwest! Neat-oh!

Clarification: the list is for identifiying people from the Pacific Northwest and is rather long on things having to do with rain. I'm emailing the whole thing to you separately.

I found someone who's not from the Northwest...this morning a TV station here in Phoenix reported on someone who drove a car through the front window of a Kroger's store in Puyallup...pronounced it /'pu:[email protected],lVp/...the (non-)reversal of sounds and strange vowels didn't bother me as much as the odd accent pattern..

Anyway, if you're from the Northwest, a non-geographic name you should be able to handle is "geoduck"..r
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