Quiz guesses where you live (USA) based on how you pronounce words

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by origin, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    It is amazing to me how fast language changes. The different accents, idioms and words spoken in different parts of the US after just a couple of hundred years is surprising.

    This quiz asks how you pronounce words or asks which words you use for common things to determine where in the country you live. It is fun to take and it is fun to see the different words people use for the same things - lots of them I have never heard before.

    New York Times Quiz.
     
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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    It nailed me to within 100 miles of my birthplace, but not where I currently live. Well done, Origin!

    Here I thought I had a few differences rub off on me because I've lived in many parts of the US over my lifetime.
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    For me, they were off by a couple thousand miles.
     
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  7. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Not surprized... i fit in just fine in a large area.!!!

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  8. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    They nailed me - childhood, high school, and current residence.
     
  9. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    They got me right (New York City area).
     
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm from Canada, but I use multiple terms, because I'm pretty exposed to them. (For example. you'se and y'all - because, frnakly, that word si missing from most other dialects).
    Nonetheless, it pegged me at Buffalo, Bsoston and Minnie.
     
  11. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    I haven't lived in the area that I grew up in for 40 years and it still got me within 100 miles. Crazy...
     
  12. Ophiolite Valued Senior Member

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    As a Scot who has lived in Texas and visited there many times I was surprised to find my closest matches were with Salt Lake City, Fresno and Modesto.
     
  13. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm from Canada and I've never been more than a few miles south of the 49th parallel but it put me in California. Maybe I watch too much TV.
     
  14. sweetpea Registered Senior Member

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    It's funny, I'm not american or canadian, but to that quiz, I'm similar to the whole of the eastern seaboard.
    What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? Warm water??
     
  15. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I call it a sun shower.

    Just for fun, I think I'll try to trick the quiz and act like I'm from Massachusetts. I like grinders anyway...

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  16. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    If you know what a saskatoon is, you live close to me. If you call it a "saskatoon berry" you're a foreign bastard.
     

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