Take the test:
"Say ‘caught’ and ‘cot’ out loud. If you’re a true Northwest speaker, the words will sound identical."
Do you say "pail" or "bucket"? If you’re a true Northwest speaker, you say "bucket."
Is your voice "creaky" or "breathy"? Northwesterners sound creaky (whatever that means).
That’s all according to a University of Washington linguist, who goes on to say, "Everyone thinks the Pacific Northwest is too young a region to have our own dialect. It’s discrimination."
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the story.