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Old 12-22-2013, 09:10 AM   #16
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This is funny to do as a European. I guess my accent is so mixed up, its must be hard to pinpoint.
I got : Yonkers/NYC . And randomly a bit of Aurora too.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #17
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Obviously I got Philadelphia, but I already knew I had a strong Philly dialect/accent/whatever.

My least similar came up as Boise, Idaho. Sure.
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Mine ... New York
Well, the Dutch DID create New York Amsterdam.

The only question missing from the quiz was "what do you call the thing where you drink water from in a public place?"

But I suppose it could be a one-question quiz that way. "If you answered 'bubbler,' just close the quiz now. We know you're from Milwaukee."
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Bubbler?
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Isn't a bubbler a type of bong? Are you trying to use it to refer to a water fountain?
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Well, the Dutch DID create New York Amsterdam.

The only question missing from the quiz was "what do you call the thing where you drink water from in a public place?"

But I suppose it could be a one-question quiz that way. "If you answered 'bubbler,' just close the quiz now. We know you're from Milwaukee."
True dat

But I did get that question! I answered a water fountain, lol.
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Isn't a bubbler a type of bong? Are you trying to use it to refer to a water fountain?
I thought you were the one who once referred to a water fountain as a water bubbler and absolutely blew my mind, was it Cori, then?
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Oh no, I've never heard of that.

The Philly things on these types of quizzes are usually obvious shit I already knew (i.e. hoagies), but this one map floored me:



I never knew that mischief night was a Philly thing. I always thought it was everywhere.
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Water fountain = bubbler in parts of Wisconsin. It's one of those weird, very mini-regional kinds of things.

Where's the Bubbler? - Milwaukee History | Examiner.com

(And apparently eastern Massachusetts as well, according to that article!)
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But I suppose it could be a one-question quiz that way. "If you answered 'bubbler,' just close the quiz now. We know you're from Milwaukee."
...or parts of Australia. I learnt to call water fountains "bubblers" while I lived in Queensland, and since it hasn't fallen out of my vocabulary it confuses the shit out of everyone whenever I visit New Zealand.

As for the quiz, I think I confused it. I got Boston, New York, and some place I'd honestly never heard of, Pembroke Pines in Florida. Then again, even if the quiz accounted for Australian and Kiwi accents I'd confuse it, since mine is now a strange mixture of the two.

Also if I read the crayon question correctly, apparently nobody in the US pronounces "crayon" the way I do. Not "cray-ahn", not whatever the other options I've now forgotten were, just a simple straightforward "cray-on". You know, to rhyme with "on".
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...or parts of Australia. I learnt to call water fountains "bubblers" while I lived in Queensland, and since it hasn't fallen out of my vocabulary it confuses the shit out of everyone whenever I visit New Zealand.
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Also if I read the crayon question correctly, apparently nobody in the US pronounces "crayon" the way I do. Not "cray-ahn", not whatever the other options I've now forgotten were, just a simple straightforward "cray-on". You know, to rhyme with "on".
Rhymes with "dawn," right? Yeah, that's how I say it as well.

I mean, that's how it's spelled.
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Rhymes with "dawn," right? Yeah, that's how I say it as well.

I mean, that's how it's spelled.
No, rhymes with "on", short vowel sound. No "ah", "aw", or "ow"; "dawn" doesn't rhyme with "on" or "crayon" in my accent.
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No, rhymes with "on", short vowel sound. No "ah", "aw", or "ow"; "dawn" doesn't rhyme with "on" or "crayon" in my accent.
OK, I follow. I suspect we do pronounce it the same way, as "dawn" and "on" do rhyme in my accent, though they're vocalized in slightly different parts of the mouth/throat ("dawn" further back than "on"). Otherwise, they're the same.
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OK, I follow. I suspect we do pronounce it the same way, as "dawn" and "on" do rhyme in my accent, though they're vocalized in slightly different parts of the mouth/throat ("dawn" further back than "on"). Otherwise, they're the same.
"Dawn" is a longer vowel in my accent, thanks to the "w"; it rhymes with "corn" or "fawn". I form a bigger vowel than I do for the second syllable of "crayon", which is fairly soft.

In fact, I found a video that seems to be part of some accent video meme similar to this thread's test, and at 1:20 she says "crayon" the way I do: Regional Dialect Meme - New Zealand - YouTube

(She gets "route" wrong, but I'm on board with the rest of her pronunciations. Most Kiwis and Australians, in the context of "what route do I take?", say it the same as "root"; you do hear some people saying it the same as "rout", but that's less common. Oh, unless it's a router, the thing which helps you connect to the Internet, which is never said the same as "rooter"!)
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