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Kire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 10:09 PM
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What Kind of American English Do You Speak?
Edited on Tue Apr-19-05 10:10 PM by Kire
http://www.blogthings.com/amenglishdialecttest /


My Linguistic Profile:
45% General American English
35% Yankee
15% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 11:10 PM
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1. 60% General American
20% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie

I spent the first 22 years of my life in Minnesota and Wisconsin, lived on the East Coast for 9 years, and on the West Coast for 19 years before moving back to Minnesota.
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 03:51 PM
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2. 65% General American English
Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie

The only question that was hard to answer was the one that asks "Do you say tennis shoes or sneakers?" I say neither, I say gym shoes.
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-05 11:46 AM
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3. 55% General
55% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Sounds about right, I spent 20 years in CT, one in Germany, 2 in Indiana, and am not back in CT!
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 12:02 PM
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4. Just as I thought.
Edited on Sat Apr-23-05 12:05 PM by ZombieNixon


Your Linguistic Profile:



45% General American English
40% Yankee
15% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern



I was born in Maryland and lived there for ten years as the son of first generation Indian immigrants educated in British Catholic schools and have lived in Redneckville, NM for the past 8 years.

Edited to fix code
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-05 12:36 PM
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5. N'awlins
I'm not represented in that statistic!
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-28-05 01:52 AM
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6. interesting
Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
30% Dixie
15% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

Considering I spent almost my entire life in the South, I am not too surprised. Of course, speaking multiple languages helped my English.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-05 01:06 PM
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7. Verrrrrry Interesting....
Edited on Thu May-05-05 01:10 PM by Lisa0825
75% General American English
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Midwestern

edited to add: I have been in Texas for 26 years, since I was 10 years old. My parents were both from upstate New York, and my dad was retired Coast Guard, so I moved around a lot when I was young. NEVER in the midwest, however!LOL
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alarcojon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:20 AM
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8. Interesting test
70% General American English
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern
5% Yankee

I grew up in Chicago and live in Wisconsin.
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nickinSTL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-19-05 08:39 AM
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9. hmm, odd
65% General American English
25% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

The General I get, and Yankee...I live in St. Louis now, and it's the furthest south I've ever lived (which makes the Dixie a bit odd)

My parents are from Minnesota and I lived in northwestern Illinois for a long time, which probably account for the Upper Midwestern.

Odd that I've got more Dixie than Midwestern, though.
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leyton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-17-05 09:54 AM
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10. A very Southern English.
I just moved out of the South and people never cease to remark on my use of "y'all".
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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 01:35 PM
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11. 15% Upper midwestern
Edited on Tue Nov-29-05 01:36 PM by melissinha
Your Linguistic Profile:
70% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
10% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie


Considering I lived some 10 years in Iowa and have a Mom from there, not too bad....
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dye Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-14-06 11:41 PM
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12. Spot on!
***Your Linguistic Profile:***
50% General American English
35% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Born and raised in mid-suburban New Jersey by parents both
from the same small town in Kansas.
Lived in Washington, DC from age 18-26.
Lived in NYC (Brooklyn 1 year; Queens 4ish years) for almost
5 years.
Lived in Minnesota for the last almost 8 years.

Seems about right to me! :)
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-30-06 09:33 PM
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13. 45% General American English but I'm Australian...
..and there were some questions where they didn't even include the word I use for things or the pronunciation I use and they didn't have a result that said 100% Proper English which is what I speak ;)
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-04-06 01:28 PM
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14. 65% General


65% General American English

25% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern

5% Yankee

0% Dixie

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demokitty Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-04-06 02:11 PM
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15. Interesting
45% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

I lived all my life on the West Coast except for the last five years in upstate New York.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-09-07 08:02 AM
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16. They forgot one distinct and important category!
Appalachian English. For a definition of it, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_English

I'm an Appalchian English speaker.
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RedLetterRev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-22-08 12:16 AM
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24. Well, there ye go
I was born and raised an Appalachian English speaker (sadly, it's a dying dialect). I've lived in 10 of the Lower Forty-Eight and have spent an extended amount of time in thirty-eight of them. Six years ago, after a 25-year hike, I returned to NC and "mountainese" returned easily to my tongue. My profile says:

40% Dixie
40% General American English
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Midwestern

Yankee????? How'n'hale 'at happen? It was that 4-1/2 years in Chicago and the 2-1/2 in New Jersey that just rurned me. Jes rurnt, I tell ya! :rofl:
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-14-07 06:45 AM
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17. British English
It's an off-shoot of the original American English I believe :D
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NOLALady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-18-07 12:58 AM
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18. New Orleans born and raised.
Lived on the Left Coast about ten years. I'm surprised it wasn't 100% Dixie.


55% General American English

35% Dixie

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern
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k8conant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-20-07 11:28 PM
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19. Raised in Michigan, in WV for 25 years
50% General American English

20% Upper Midwestern

10% Midwestern

5% Dixie

5% Yankee
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-21-08 01:00 PM
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20. Fascinating!! Any other links to share?
Mine said I'm 15% Dixie. How is that determined, do you know?
Which items in the list designate what?

65% General American English

15% Dixie

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-07-08 08:34 PM
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21. 50% General American, 25% Upper Midwestern, 15% Yankee.
Edited on Sun Sep-07-08 08:36 PM by Odin2005
Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English

25% Upper Midwestern

15% Yankee

5% Midwestern

0% Dixie



I've lived in the Fargo area all my life.
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tiddlywinks Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-08-08 06:43 AM
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22. Hi My results,
45% General American English

25% Dixie

25% Yankee

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern



I live in the south but i've been asked numerous times by people who are "locals" if I'm from the north, or from Britain, or "somewhere else."
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-15-08 08:16 AM
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23. Why is the west not included?
Edited on Sat Nov-15-08 08:16 AM by AsahinaKimi
Surely there are western accents.. I can tell the diffrence between a person from Northern California and Southern California. But, maybe thats just me.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 02:07 PM
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26. I can, too, but I've found Western accents
to be mostly General English. Here in New Mexico, few picked up on my very faint Bostonian and people now say I sound like I was born here, although they still draw a blank when I'm tired and thirsty and ask for a glass of tonic or where the bubbler (bubblah) is.

Needless to say, I'm still a speaker of fluent Yankee with dashes of both upper midwest and southern, regions I lived in when I was a kid.

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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-08 01:16 PM
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25. Makes perfect sense to me
Your Linguistic Profile:



45% General American English

25% Yankee

15% Upper Midwestern

10% Dixie

0% Midwestern

Shows where I've been and how long:

Except I drink from a "bubbler" (Boston)

And I call an easy class "a snoozer"

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Alameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 10:40 PM
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27. 60% general.....but there were things in there I would never use
and no other choice at all. Strange.
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 12:51 AM
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28. My profile-- California native with Canadian parents
Edited on Sat May-22-10 12:54 AM by ailsagirl
55% General American English

20% Dixie

10% Upper Midwestern

10% Yankee

0% Midwestern


Like a few others mentioned, some of the answers don't apply at all.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 07:24 PM
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29. 50% General American English
Edited on Fri Jul-09-10 07:26 PM by meow2u3
50% General American English
40% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

That makes sense to me because I was born and raised in New York City, spent 19 years of my adult life in the South, and have been living in Pennsylvania for the last 11 years.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-09-10 07:57 PM
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30. I read Mark Twain at an early age
Edited on Fri Jul-09-10 08:04 PM by pscot
I picked up some speech mannerisms from him that have clung for 50 years.

70% GAM
10% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Midwest
5% Upper Midwest
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-10 06:50 PM
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31. My problem with that quiz is that
most of the word pairings I use equally. And the question about an easy course is one I have no personal vocabulary for, although I've heard of two of the three terms offered.

I think I moved around just enough at a crucial age, and have lived as an adult in different parts of the country that I'm something of a chameleon at least in vocabulary. I think my accent is mostly general american, although once in a great while on certain words people can correctly guess that I'm originally from New York State. But that actually hasn't happened in about ten years, so maybe I've totally lost those accent markers.
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 06:22 PM
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32. int'restin'
65% General American English
15% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
10% Yankee
0% Midwestern

Macon, GA - 8 yrs
Moved to Enterprise, AL 5 yrs
KY - 8 yrs
Chahlston, SC ~2 yrs
Mobile, AL ~1 yr
Chas, SC ~1 yr
Outside of Cleveland, OH - ~2 yrs
NC (RTP area) - ~24 yrs
Madison, WI - ~4.5 yrs
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