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    I am seriously miffed here. Everyone else has either General American English or Yankee or whatever first and I've got Dixie.

    Ok, sorry, I should be very proud of my southerness since living in Nebraska would surely turn me into some kinda midwestern thingamajig (no offense to Dee whatsoever).


    BTW, Dee, I got an email from COI that they will be arranging to be at the QWest center on their tour next year which will be a nice break from SOI, don't ya think? Actually I complained to them.

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    40% General American English
    40% Yankee
    20% Dixie
    0% Midwestern
    0% Upper Midwestern

    I grew up in NYC (Manhattan), lived in Brooklyn for several years, then moved to central NJ. I have no idea where the 40% Yankee and 20% Dixie come from.

    I have issues with some of those questions, though.

    1. The level of a building that is underground is called the:
    Cellar
    Basement


    To me, a cellar is a basement with a dirt floor, in other words, an unfinished lower level. A basement has a paved floor.

    2. What do you call the night before Halloween?
    Nothing
    Devil's night
    Mischeif night


    Where I grew up in NYC, nothing. I used to call it mischief night when I lived in a suburban neighborhood where kids played pranks. Since that's not a common practice where I live now, I'm back to nothing.

    4. The act of covering a house or area in front of a house with toilet paper is called
    Toilet papering
    Rolling
    TP'ing...


    I never heard of any of these terms and 'Nothing' was not a choice.

    6. You drink from:
    A water fountain
    A drinking fountain


    I've always called it just "fountain".

    8. Do you use the word cruller?
    No
    Yes


    Not often lately. When I lived in NYC, there were many varieties of baked goods and a cruller was just one of many.

    10. What do you call an easy class?
    A crip course
    A gut
    A blow off


    I've never heard of any of these terms and 'other' was not a choice. I just called an easy class a 'sure A'.

    12. What do you call something that is diagonal from you?
    Kitty corner
    Diagonal
    Catty corner


    "Catercorner" was not a choice. That's what I call it.

    18. Do you pronounce "aunt" like "ant"?
    Yes
    No


    A very vague question, because "ant" can be pronounced more than one way. In NYC, where 'a' sounds most often like 'ay', some people say 'awnt' for aunt and 'aynt' for ant, or sometimes BOTH are 'aynt'. I tend to pronounce both as 'aent' (a as in 'grass').


    19. "Route" rhymes with...
    Boot
    Out


    When "Route" is a verb (e.g., 'the cop routed the traffic through a detour') I use the OUT sound. For a verb (Route 95), it's the BOOT sound.
    Last edited by chuckm; 04-19-2005 at 09:55 AM.

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    Your Linguistic Profile:

    50% Yankee
    35% General American English
    10% Dixie
    5% Upper Midwestern
    0% Midwestern

    That was interesting! What's the difference between Yankee and General American English?

    Edited to add: My closest profile is Nicole's. And I'm from New England too. Nice to see that there is apparently some connection. I never realized Yankee was considered New England area.

    Of course it would have tipped over even more than 50% if the water/drinking fountain question contained a choice for "bubbler" - which is what I call a water/drinking fountain.
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    My Linguistic Profile:

    50% General American English
    25% Yankee
    15% Dixie
    5% Midwestern
    0% Upper Midwestern

    Considering I've never been to the states, I thought that mine would be close to 100% GAE

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    70% General American English
    20% Dixie
    10% Yankee
    0% Midwestern
    0% Upper Midwestern

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongligl
    My Linguistic Profile:

    50% General American English
    25% Yankee
    15% Dixie
    5% Midwestern
    0% Upper Midwestern

    Considering I've never been to the states, I thought that mine would be close to 100% GAE

    You've been watching too much American television.

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    60% General American English

    20% Dixie

    15% Yankee

    5% Upper Midwestern

    0% Midwestern

    only 20% dixie, I'm ashamed of myself. Yall I'm fixin to have a coke to calm my nerves I do declare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHIO2
    Lucy, a cruller is basicallly a glazed or sugared donut. Around here, it means a fried cake made of two twisted pieces of dough. Though some people will call a ring-type donut a cruller (to me, a round donut is a donut). Hey, do you think we could get Krispy Kreme to twist some of their dough and bring the word "cruller" back into use?
    Thanks for this information! Around here a donut is a donut. Speaking of which, I love donuts. I think they are just about my favorite food!

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    Hey Liz what kind of coke are you going to have? Make mine a ginger ale.

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    My results:

    45% General American English
    25% Yankee
    20% Dixie
    5% Midwestern
    5% Upper Midwestern


    Am I a mixed up Canuck? Hm...something wrong here.

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    Your Linguistic Profile:
    75% General American English
    10% Yankee
    5% Dixie
    5% Midwestern
    5% Upper Midwestern


    Another mixed up Canuck apparently!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy25
    Here's mine:
    60% General American English
    25% Upper Midwestern
    10% Yankee
    5% Midwestern
    0% Dixie

    I guess Michigan is Upper Midwestern? I have no idea what that one word even is, "croller" or however it was spelled. Anyone know what that is? It's definitely "pop" and "grocery cart" and "drinking fountain" and "tennis shoes". I think that cellars and basements are two different things.
    65% General American English
    25% Upper Midwestern
    5% Midwestern
    5% Yankee
    0% Dixie

    I'm from Michigan too - I wonder which question we differed on to make you more Yankee than me!

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    Mine was:

    55% General American English
    25% Dixie
    10% Yankee
    5% Upper Midwestern
    0% Midwestern

    Not really surprising, considering my mom's from the Florida Panhandle and my dad's a transplant from the UP of Michigan at the age of ten. I pride myself on being half Yankee and half Southern. So hating snow, traffic, any kind of cooked greens, hog jowls and pickled eggs seems to come naturally to me. As does being irked by all the conservative freaks down here in the Bible Belt. And yes, I say "y'all".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8er1964
    I'm from Michigan too - I wonder which question we differed on to make you more Yankee than me!
    Didn't ya know? All northerners are Yankees.

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    I've lived west of the Rockies all my life and mostly on the coast. Mine was:
    70% General
    20% Upper Mid-West
    5% Mid-West
    and gratefully -zero- 0% Dixie

    ....I cringe when I hear "y'all" and find it painful to listen to the cook on the Food Channel named Paula something....she hurts my ears!!

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