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Apr. 14th, 2005

Your Linguistic Profile:

50% General American English

35% Yankee

10% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

They missed a regionalism here - bubbler wasn't an option for what the water comes out of.

That quiz so should have had more questions.


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Apr. 14th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Places as close as eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island have different dialects at times. Then again, I think Rhode Island is an exception to just about everything.

But then, I think of "Yankee" as meaning "New England" EXCEPT for baseball.
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Apr. 14th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
"Yankee" is New England...except Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut since they're corrupted by their proximity to New Yawk. Though I'd tend to agree that Rhode Island exists in its own quasi-dimension. "Down East" is eastern Maine along the coast and that's a whole different thing out there.

New York, PA, and Jersey fall into another category altogether...call it Mid-Atlantic or something. Then you start getting into all that Southern stuff. "Y'all" and "Fixin'" are not words.
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Apr. 14th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
Virginia's in the South - or, at least, it was when I was taught geography in school.
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Apr. 14th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
How not? They're the states on the middle of the Atlantic coast...
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Apr. 14th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
*shrug* There's really nothing under the sun that all people will like...
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
The point is, there's a different dialect in the Mid-Atlantic states, ie. PA, NY, NJ, MD, DE. That's the geographical region. Whatever that dialect is called, I can't tell you, but it's not Yankee. People generally pronounce their Rs down here. The Northeast has "Yankee", the South has "Dixie", and then there's those Midwestern folks.

Virginia is completely "Dixie". While it may fall in the geographical region, the dialect is Southern.
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Except for Northern Virginia, which is much more like the mid-Atlantic region than it is like the rest of the state. But aside from that I agree with you.
Apr. 15th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
From living in DE and NY, Knew friends from NJ, PA, and MD. There are a lot of different dialects in there. People in DE would think my parents talked funny since they came from NY. And my sister talks differently than me and my parents (having lived most of our lives in NY. So I wouldn't lump them all together. :)
Apr. 15th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I understand that. It could be said that a Boston accent is different than a Maine accent. I think the general point is that while the test is cool, it is incomplete when dealing with the varying dialects along the East coast. Not to mention a lack of any Southwest or West coast results. While there are many different dialects in our general geographical area, the broadness of the test precludes differentiating between a Philly accent and a New York accent, or a Boston accent for that matter.
Apr. 15th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
A former professor at Harvard did a nice study on language dialects. It's located at:

Apr. 15th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Now that's a quiz. Cool stuff.
Apr. 19th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Speaking as a dixie raised person, Yankee talk starts north of the Mason Dixon Line. Y'all just don't realize how similar youz talks up there.
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Y'all is so a word, and a useful one at that.
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
No! It is not! It's the most annoying sound in the english language. Well, except from anytime Fran Dresher speaks...
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)

Well, at least you probably won't give me crap about "wicked".

"Down East" is eastern Maine along the coast and that's a whole different thing out there.

Mainiacs - a descriptive as well as a collective term... *grin*
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Apr. 14th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. Because all y'all is the plural of y'all. Sort of.
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yarrghh! This is insane! "Y'all" or "All Y'all" are not English words. This conjunction does not exist in the English language. Show me a proper English dictionary with this bastardization of the language in it and I'll...burn the frellin' book because "Y'all" IS NOT A WORD
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Contraction, not conjunction.

Most other bits of slang or colloquialisms are also not proper English. However, if you use frellin' in a sentence complaining about it, you have essentially invalidated the argument.
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ayuh, contractions too. I only used "frellin'" in the post because I wanted to keep it clean. :-p It's just a placeholder.
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