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Posted by AI Wessex (Member # 6653) on :
The NY Times published a 25-questions quiz last weekend that pinpoints the part of the country your dialect says you're from. The full 140 question survey (not published) can pinpoint the exact city with uncanny accuracy for most people.

It says I'm from northern New Jersey right near Newark. That's right!

Are you from where your words say you're from?
Posted by Mynnion (Member # 5287) on :
It's you'uns where I live [Wink]
Posted by Mynnion (Member # 5287) on :
Funny. I show up with the strongest similarities with southern Oklahoma or North Texas neither of which is even close to where I or my parents grew up or lived. There were a number that were toss-ups since I would use the words interchangeably.
Posted by AI Wessex (Member # 6653) on :
I was in a hotel in New York City last week. Instead of a "Do Not Disturb" sign my room's door handle had one that said "Fuggedaboudit". I suppose if you were visiting from some parts of the country you might have looked at it and wondered, "Where the heck is the Do Not Disturb sign, eh?"
Posted by Pete at Home (Member # 429) on :
Fascinating. According to this, I'm from Spokane. I've never been to Eastern Washington at all, but my ex lived there a few years. Quite possible I picked up some of her dialect.

I grew up outside the USA, and went to a British school in Mexico City, so I'm kind of an unfair ringer for this sort of test. [Big Grin]

Edited to add: I love the "Show Least Similar" feature. Apparently I have the opposite of a New Jersey accent.

[ December 26, 2013, 11:13 AM: Message edited by: Pete at Home ]
Posted by RedVW on a Laptop (Member # 615) on :
It said I was from a split between Newark, Paterson N.J., Yonkers NY, and NYC.

My mother was from Yonkers, my Dad from Long Island.

I'm actually from Sailsbury North Carolina, Atlanta and Athens.
Posted by Seriati (Member # 2266) on :
It decided I'm closest to some cities in Texas, but the map is pretty red accross the entire east and south. Not suprising, people usually find it difficult to try and place me by accent.
Posted by cherrypoptart (Member # 3942) on :
That was pretty freaky.

My results were Arlington, VA, Richmond, VA, and Durham, NC.

From when I was 2 until I was 5 I lived in Camp Lejeune, NC and then from 5 until 13 my dad was stationed in Quantico, VA. After that I moved to Texas but nobody has ever accused me of having a Texas accent.
Posted by Charles in Charge (Member # 6879) on :
It placed me in the Bay Area, CA. Which is where I currently live though I didn't move here until my mid 20's.
Posted by D.W. (Member # 4370) on :
Fun quiz. Pegged me for Grand Rapids MI, Detroit MI or Toledo OH. Darn close as I lived in both Bay City MI when I was young and then smack between those 3 since.
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Posted by PSRT (Member # 6454) on :
Boston-Worchester-Providence. No other part of the country got out of blue. My mother is from the mid-west, my father is from New York City, I lived in the mid-west for a while, and my wife is from South Jersey. But I grew up outside Boston, and for all of those questions, the local lingo is what to me is "obvious."

Duh, its a rotary.
Posted by Mynnion (Member # 5287) on :
Lancaster. My map was almost completely red. Probably because my father was from MI. My mother was from MA. I lived my first 5 years in Miami. The next 5 years in D.C. Ten years in Southern Ohio. Five in VA and the rest in Lancaster.

I wonder if the next generation will demonstrate far more generic speech patterns because of the massive influence of the media.
Posted by AI Wessex (Member # 6653) on :
I had expected it in this go-round, which is why I was impressed that it nailed me to the spot. I had a college friend from rural Ohio who used the phrase "take pipe" to mean get the shaft. I learned from talking to him that people talk weird everywhere in the country, except in New Jersey.

They could have made a whole test just on prepositions (I stood on line/in line, log in/log on) and adverbs (he hit it perfect/perfectly). I especially like prepositions, since the don't mean anything on their own and are used entirely idiomatically.

[ December 27, 2013, 11:33 AM: Message edited by: AI Wessex ]
Posted by edgmatt (Member # 6449) on :
Had me pegged; I live in Toms River, NJ, and the map had the darkest red RIGHT there.

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