American Dialect Quiz

I had a policy against linking these quizzes, I know, but I've come across two in as many days that I liked.

This quiz will tell you what dialect of Americn English you speak, by asking you stuff like "Do you call it pop or soda?"

In a way, I guess it's pretty useless, since most of us have a good idea of which region of the country we come from, and therefore which regional dialects we speak in; but then, all of these quizzes are like that. People just like answering questions about themselves and then having a bit of computer-code parrot back to them what they've just told the quiz.

I know I do.

Posted by: Ace at 11:50 AM


1 Pooter.

I just felt like saying that.

It's kinda simmilar to saying "Monkey" in terms of the sheer pleasure of it...

Posted by: Grendel at April 21, 2005 12:06 PM (q1K0X)

2 Your Linguistic Profile:
40% General American English
40% Yankee
20% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

That's actually pretty good, I'm surprised.

Posted by: 72VIRGINS at April 21, 2005 12:06 PM (dhRpo)

3 Surprisingly accurate, as far as it goes. 30% Yankee, 5% Upper Midwestern, 5% Dixie

Grew up a Yankee, went to school in the upper midwest and now live in Dixie.

However, it doesn't go to a fine enough grain. I can hear the difference in New York and Boston Accents. (And avoid both, since I grew up between them.)

Unfortunately, Yankee does not include both those accents. My guess is that the author of the test doesn't know the difference, and is lumping them together.

Posted by: Jim at April 21, 2005 12:06 PM (zU6A1)

4 Peter Pooter.

I just felt like saying that.

Posted by: 72NAZIS at April 21, 2005 12:07 PM (dhRpo)

5 Peter's Pooter picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Posted by: 72 raisins at April 21, 2005 12:08 PM (dhRpo)

6 Your Linguistic Profile:
60% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
10% Upper Midwestern

Pretty much right. Huh.

Posted by: Dianna at April 21, 2005 12:10 PM (qrFCz)

If Peter's Pooter picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter's Pooter picked?

Posted by: 72WIVES at April 21, 2005 12:13 PM (dhRpo)

8 40% Yankee, 35 % General American, 15% Dixie. Doesn't really sound like me.

I also learned that I'm 60% normal, my inner age is 26, and my inner personality disorder is schizo. When the quizbot told me my inner European was Dutch, I got disgusted and threw one of my wooden shoes at the monitor.

Posted by: utron at April 21, 2005 12:13 PM (CgIkY)

9 70% general, 25% Dixie

Its not pop or soda, its coke....its all coke

Posted by: johnny at April 21, 2005 12:18 PM (OuLOj)

10 I think pickled pooters is funnier.

They should make 'pooter' part of the quiz. I doubt it's universal.

Posted by: compos mentis at April 21, 2005 12:29 PM (uCHTx)


55% General English, 20% Yankee, 15% Midwestern, 5% Dixie, 5% Upper Midwestern

Yeah, except I grew up in Michigan until after high school.

Never even been to teh NE (Yankee) areas.

Lived in teh South for 7 years

Yeah, that shit is EXACTLY right.


my self-identity is really taking a beating with these quizzes ace.

I'm crying here.

Posted by: hobgoblin at April 21, 2005 12:42 PM (2da3S)

12 Its not a water fountain or a drinking fountain. Its a bubbler!

Posted by: BrewFan at April 21, 2005 01:19 PM (Byr3j)

13 Your a fucking "bubbler," Brewski.


Posted by: hobgoblin at April 21, 2005 01:24 PM (2da3S)

14 Dead on I'd say

Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

It didn't have to one critical question to distinguish an ordinary upstate NY denizen from those NYC troglodites though - how to you pronounce the name of that porcelain thing in the bathroom?

Upstate (the rest of the world): toy-let
NYC neanderthals: ter-lit

Posted by: at April 21, 2005 01:32 PM (XMYfe)

15 And we like happy music too!

Posted by: BrewFan at April 21, 2005 01:32 PM (Byr3j)

16 Their quiz lifts about 20 questions from the 122 in the Harvard Dialect Survey (which is apparently no longer at Harvard: ).

They also picked a bunch of questions that don't really show much regional variation. Here are the results for "Do you use the word cruller?":

Do you see a regional pattern there?

Posted by: Dave at April 21, 2005 01:51 PM (1ILk2)

17 Being from the south (originally from Arkansas), I call everything a "Coke". Of course, every "soda" vending machine is, by extension, a Coke machine.

So I presume to be unqualified to take the little quiz.

Posted by: Dave S at April 21, 2005 02:14 PM (c1Og1)

18 Right on, Johnny.

It's all coke...the conversation goes like this:

Q: You want something to drink?
A: Yes.
Q: Whatcha want?
A: Coke.
Q: What kind?
A: Dr Pepper

Posted by: WindRider95 at April 21, 2005 02:35 PM (N4b26)

19 Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English
25% Dixie
10% Yankee
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

That's pretty accurate. My parents were from Alabama and Texas via Louisiana, but I spent most of my childhood overseas in various military bases, with kids from all over the U.S. The result is I have a rather generic American accent, and use a few southern words and phrases. People from the north claim I have a southern accent, people from the south claim I have a northern accent.

Posted by: Tom at April 21, 2005 02:36 PM (0Kli9)

20 compos mentos - You're right!

If Peter's Pooter picked a peck of pickled pooters,
Where's the peck of pickled pooters Peter's Pooter picked?

Posted by: non compos mentos at April 21, 2005 02:49 PM (dhRpo)

21 The benchmark against the queens english :

65% General American English
20% Yankee
15% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

I'm from the UK, and although there were a couple of questions that I couldn't answer properly (it's a shopping trolley, and it's a soft drink, not pop or soda), here's my score.

Posted by: DelphiGuy at April 21, 2005 02:52 PM (nyx6v)

22 Delphi guy

Dear, dear, no standard RC? What is Briton headed for?

Posted by: 72 raisins at April 21, 2005 03:05 PM (dhRpo)

23 Meant to say:

Dear, dear, no standard RP? What is Briton headed for?

Posted by: 72 raisins at April 21, 2005 03:07 PM (dhRpo)

24 Standard RP?

Posted by: DelphiGuy at April 21, 2005 03:12 PM (nyx6v)

25 Yeah, as in "Received Pronunciation" to wit:

Throughout the last century and throughout the early part of this century, Received Pronunciation (RP) was very much the language of the ruling and educated classes.

Posted by: 72 v& w at April 21, 2005 03:51 PM (dhRpo)

26 ...and I believe that the country is referred to as "Britain" no matter which US regional accent you spell it in.

Unless you really are referring to a citizen of Britain, in which case I believe that they are called "Britainians"

Or "pooters"...

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at April 21, 2005 04:59 PM (BK97c)

27 Actually I find them quite useful. I took one of these tests before I moved. It came out something like 60% Yankee; mostly Wisconsin/Chicago/Midwest.Spot on! I grew up in and spent 43 years in .Milwaukee! After 5 years in the Southwest I took the test again. and came out 52% Dixie.

I bet a very detailed test would have had me come out something like 60% Yankee/10% Ebonics before and 60% Dixie/10% Texan/10% Spanish now.

When I went North to visit my daughter up in Wisconsin she told me I have a funny accent. I had to laugh because (to my ears) I talk the same as I always have but *she's* the one with the funny accent.

Y.all know what I mean, Mang?

Posted by: Fred Doolie at October 09, 2008 12:55 AM (GEcWV)

28 Y'all are koo-koo.

Of course it's a "bubbler". A "Water Fountain" is what you toss the pennies into.
The stuff you drink is "soda". "Pop" is my father.
People from England are called "Limeys". A "Pooter" is somebody who ate beans.
The thing in the bathroom is called a "terlet".
The thing that you cut things with is called a "ka-nyf".

Dogs make "dookies".
Cats make "doots" or "Lincoln Logs".
Adult Humans make "kaka".
Babies make "baba".
Small children make "a clinker".

Anything else you want to know? Just ask me.

* Try to buy "Graf's White Soda" out west here. They will point you to where the the Arm And Hammer boxes are.

Posted by: Fred Doolie at October 09, 2008 01:18 AM (GEcWV)

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