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Which english?

2006-11-17 17:14:10.565204+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-17 18:36:37.012297+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

Your Linguistic Profile:
75% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

This took a number of edits in the HTML to get Flutterby to render it properly. Not sure if it's worth getting caught in the details though. If you look at the HTML source in the edit history, you'll see spurious > inserted in tag paramters. 100% Web Geek

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-17 18:56:24.819909+00 by: Dan Lyke

Damn (that's two syllables), for someone who lived in the south a lot longer than me that's kind of interesting.

One of the problems I had was that some of those words have very specific meanings to me that the test didn't capture. A "cellar" is a subterranean room in which foodstuffs are stored, a "basement" is a room below the nominal first floor of the house which is used for things other than food storage. I bring groceries home from the store in a cloth sack when I remember to bring one, otherwise I use a plastic or paper bag. "route" rhymes with "out" when I use it as a verb (route the packets), "boot" when I use it as a noun (route 66).

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-17 19:30:26.449821+00 by: Nancy

Just for the record, I know I sometimes have a bit of an upper midwest twang, and people are always buggin' me 'bout my southern accent. I scored 65% General; 15% Dixie and 15% Upper Midwestern.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-17 23:19:44.054763+00 by: petronius

60% General American English, 15% Upper Midwestern ,10% Yankee, 5% Dixie 5% Midwestern

Well as an Illinoian the Upper Midwestern makes sense. I also like to think that what we speak here is true American English. Indeed, back in the 20s a law was passed making "American" the offical language of the state. I think the idea was proposed by Irish nationalists who didn't like the English. I also believe that the difference between soda and pop is the unheralded major divider in our society.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-18 03:11:43.256024+00 by: meuon

Hmm.. I think a better test might be more interesting, but I got: 60% general, 25% Dixie, 10% Upper Midwest.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-18 14:38:40.583838+00 by: DaveP

Huh: 65% General American English 20% Upper Midwestern 5% Midwestern 5% Yankee 0% Dixie

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-19 02:52:36.206896+00 by: ebradway

I was raised on "News Anchor" speak. Both my parents are from Western Massachusetts and you'd never tell from their accents (or lack thereof). Funny thing is that I can hear the Mass accent in all of my cousins, aunts (ants) and uncles.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-19 04:33:32.207089+00 by: John Anderson [edit history]

65% General American English, 10% Upper Midwestern, 10% Yankee, 5% Dixie, 5% Midwestern

And more of what Dan said about the test not fully capturing the way I use English...