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BonosSaint 12-21-2013 07:05 PM

Dialect map quiz
Fun little quiz that places your dialect


bono_212 12-21-2013 07:27 PM

I'm really surprised to find that I got Fort Worth... I suppose it's because I use the word Y'all and said that I knew what a drive-in liquor store was :hmm:

LemonMelon 12-21-2013 07:32 PM

Interesting that Fremont, CA was on there for me. Pretty sure my parents lived around there for years before we moved when I was three.

bono_212 12-21-2013 07:35 PM

Ok, it screwed up on me the first time, second time I get Indiana, but DFW was still pretty hot in the map for me.

martha 12-21-2013 07:48 PM

Southern California here. We've been here over 40 years, so that makes sense.

Irvine511 12-21-2013 08:11 PM

Springfield, MA.

that's amazing. very close to where i grew up.

Pearl 12-21-2013 08:29 PM

I'm a true, native New Yorker!


cobl04 12-21-2013 08:35 PM

I got Tyler The Creator - Yonkers - YouTube

We call those grey bugs "butchy boys", drive-through grog shops "bottle-os".

corianderstem 12-21-2013 08:39 PM

Holy shit - it placed me in southern Wisconsin/northern Illinois. That's scarily accurate. (My hometown is three hours away, in north-central Wisconsin.)

iron yuppie 12-21-2013 08:55 PM

It placed me at Cleveland - exactly where I grew up.

KhanadaRhodes 12-22-2013 04:28 AM

i got yonkers/newark/new york (it listed all three): https://nyti.ms/JRbKB0

i've...never been to new york or new jersey. that's hilarious. the map's making it look like my calling rubber-soled shoes sneakers is what pushed it over the top. i've stumbled across an incredibly in-depth dialect quiz but they took the damn thing offline and now all you can do is look at the questions and maps. you can't take the quiz. i hope they bring it back up because i love taking stuff like this, and that one also will place you to the city you live in based on the answers you give.

bono_212 12-22-2013 06:52 AM

I was doing this quiz on my phone earlier, so I couldn't see the question-by-question heat map. I found it interesting to know that apparently I am the only person in the U.S. to say the following:

Frosting and Icing refer to separate things
I use both pronunciations of Caramel, but the two have separate meanings.
Not using the word Kitty-Corner and instead saying Diagonal.

I found the question about the highway interesting. We don't use the word freeway here, far as I know, but the way they differentiated between it and a highway made me long for the term "Interstate". That's what I would more accurately refer to a big road you drive fast on. Highways here are usually glorified backroads. Ah well.

I've taken the quiz a few times now, so that I could see all of the questions and I find it amusing that no matter how much it fluctuates between what my dialect is (between Texas, Chicago and Indiana), it's always exactly the same on what my accent is NOT: Boston.

Galeongirl 12-22-2013 07:00 AM

Mine says Boston, New York and Washington DC. :lol: Interesting, since I have no idea what any of these accents sound like.

cobl04 12-22-2013 07:00 AM


Originally Posted by KhanadaRhodes (Post 7738566)
i got yonkers/newark/new york (it listed all three): https://nyti.ms/JRbKB0

Same! :hi5:

BonosSaint 12-22-2013 07:33 AM

I remember going to Washington DC when I was in high school and talking to someone for about 3 or 4 minutes. Afterwards he looked at me and told me I was from a northeast PA coal mining town. As far as I know, he didn't know anything about me. We weren't talking home or geography or anything that verbally would have clued him in. But he told me I dropped my T's, which is one of the characteristics of speech in those areas. Assume we aren't the only people who drop T's so there must have been some other clues. But of course, I don't think I have an accent.:D

The quiz gave me Philadelphia, which is about two hours from where I live and grew up.

domo-kun 12-22-2013 08:10 AM

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.

PhilsFan 12-22-2013 08:45 AM

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.

corianderstem 12-22-2013 10:20 AM


Originally Posted by Galeongirl (Post 7738574)
Mine ... New York

Well, the Dutch DID create New York Amsterdam. :wink:

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."

martha 12-22-2013 10:46 AM


PhilsFan 12-22-2013 11:43 AM

Isn't a bubbler a type of bong? Are you trying to use it to refer to a water fountain?

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