hey, yall! What kind of english do you speak?

My results:

Your Linguistic Profile:

50% General American English
15% Dixie
15% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Interesting: Mom grew up in Schenectady, her parents grew up in Colorado and Cambridge, MA/Montana. Dad grew up in Tucson, his parents grew up in Alabama and Nyack, NY. So the 15% yankee and 15% Dixie aren’t surprising.

5 responses to “hey, yall! What kind of english do you speak?”

  1. Richard L. Hess

    That was fun–but I’m trying to practice Canajun English now…

    45% General American English
    35% Yankee
    15% Dixie
    0% Midwestern
    0% Upper Midwestern

    What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    Tho the Cajuns are the descendants of the Acadians (any relation to Canadians besides geographically?), is there any connection between the two? Your spelling of Canajun is what set my mind to thinking in this direction.

    BTW, I didn’t know how to answer “Cruller” because it’s come into my vocabulary very recently. Like within a few years.

  3. Susan A. Kitchens

    Heh. Having mentioned vocabulary, I just found another quiz:

    Your Vocabulary Score: A

    Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
    You must be quite an erudite person.
  4. Katrina

    Mine came out this way:55% General American English30% Dixie10% Yankee

    I’m not surprised. I was born and raised in North Carolina, but all my elementary school teachers were from “Up North,” and they insisted we learn to speak without an accent. So I don’t have an accent, but I do use certain “regionalisms.”

    The quiz really should have phrased the “y’all” question this way: “Do you say ‘youse,’ ‘you guys,’ or ‘y’all’?” (I say “you guys”.) It also should have had this question: “Is a toboggan a sled, a cap, or both?”

    Which reminds me of a few regionalisms I had to learn when I moved from Charlotte, N.C., (where almost no one is a Southerner) to Asheboro, N.C., (where many families have been there for generations). In Charlotte, you “skipped” school; in Asheboro, you “lay out” of school. (I always thought “laying out” meant getting a suntan! But “Senior Lay Out Day” in Asheboro usually comes in January!) In Charlotte, if someone ticks you off, you’re mad at them; in Asheboro, you get “ill” at them. (To me, “ill” means you’re in bed with a fever.) In Charlotte, if you have too much work to do, you might say you’re “overloaded.” In Asheboro, you’re “covered up” with work.

    Even the accents vary — not just from state to state, but within a state. I was recently in a play with a gentleman who grew up in Manhattan — but in the production, he had to play a North Carolina judge. Which meant that he had to use an accent throughout the play. He told me how amused he was that so many cast members (most of them Southerners) were trying to coach him on his accent — but that he’d get three different pronunciations for the same word! (Depending on which area of the South — or the state — the actor happened to be from.) He also said that audience members seemed to enjoy trying to guess which region he’d based his accent on, guessing this town or that county. There’s not just one Southern accent — there are dozens!

  5. Bro-ski

    Your Linguistic Profile:
    55% General American English
    15% Yankee
    10% Dixie
    10% Upper Midwestern
    5% Midwestern

    So my mix is a little different from yours. I’ve spent time at a few different places with my piloting bases and repeat trips– maybe that has something to do with it…