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Offline Battle Goddess

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How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
« on: June 06, 2021, 09:43:06 pm »
Stumbled across this earlier today. Article is from 2013, but the engine still works if the link opens up for you.

It tries to locate your US regional accent(s) based on particular words you use and your pronunciation of others.

Based on your answers, the test engine draws a heat map of your accent and finds what it thinks are the three US cities that best represent you. The quiz selects 25 questions from a larger pool each time, so you should take it a few times to see how reliably it works for you.

I ran it a few times. Here's what I got:

- A narrow axis running from Kansas City through Tulsa, petering out by the time it got to Dallas

- A broad axis down the Mississippi from Chicago to Jackson, narrowing into New Orleans

- A swatch along the coastal Carolinas

This was... quite accurate considering where I grew up and where my parents and grandparents grew up.


How about you?


What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/dialect-quiz-map.html 


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Offline Rachel Montgomery

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Re: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2021, 10:12:20 pm »
It nailed me as being from Alabama.  Perhaps a little over specific as it suggested the three biggest cities in the state, and I don't live in a big city.   Other than that, I'd say it was dead on right.

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Re: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2021, 01:23:58 am »
The quiz/test pegged me perfectly as an Alaskan and/or Pacific Northwest girl.
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Re: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2021, 02:07:21 am »
It pegged me from Boston because I use "rotary", and either Worcester or Providence because of "bubbler".

Although now that I'm in the UK I say roundabout, and instead of getting off the highway at an exit, I  leave the motorway at a junction. Brilliant, innit?  :D
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Re: How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2021, 05:44:16 am »
Sorry, this did not profile me at all.

I got a nice even yellow/red all over the US and where I live now is colored blue. Probably because I have been somewhat nomadic all my life and I just have not picked up the local lingo yet.




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