Go Back   Sports Central Message Boards > Community Discussion > The Lounge

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-17-2005, 03:52 PM   #1
Marc
Administrator
 
Marc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
Posts: 26,476
Marc will become famous soon enough
Smile What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

It's time to find who who the Yankees, Dixies, and Midwesterners are!

http://www.blogthings.com/amenglishdialecttest

My Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
15% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

I assume I have that 10% Dixie from saying "aunt" like "ant" and saying Mary/merry/marry the same...

Also, do any accents really bug you? I really like New York accents and used to have a HEAVY one when I was a young lad growng up in Scarsdale, NY. But having been in Kentucky a lot, I also adopted some Dixie/southern quirks. Then throw in my time in Columbus, OH and I was exposed to some Midwestern quirks (i.e. soda is pop, wtf?).

Now living in the D.C. area, it's kind of a hogwash of accents, although people there say "Washington" very funny, sort of like "Whaushhhington." And come this summer, I'll be living in the full-blown South known as Charlotte. Ah, what a mess!
__________________
Marc James - SCMB Administrator | Sports Central Managing Editor & Founder
Teams: [Kentucky Wildcats] [Green Bay Packers] [Charlotte Hornets]
Follow on Twitter: @mnjames | @sportcentral
Marc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 04:26 PM   #2
themush
Banned
 
themush's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tampa, Fl
Posts: 8,839
themush has a spectacular aura aboutthemush has a spectacular aura about
Default

60% General
30% Dixie
10% Yankee

While a New York accent doesn't really bother me a Boston accent is like nails on a chalkboard.

I love a woman with a southern accent.
themush is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 04:48 PM   #3
coachJ
All-Star Player
 
coachJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 973
coachJ is on a distinguished road
Default

65% General American English
30% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
0% Yankee

Some of them are funny, like way up north they stress their "o's" and stuff like that. And "pop" man...thats just weird.
coachJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
Tarkus
The Thread Stalker
 
Tarkus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: In The Wind...
Posts: 11,856
Tarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura about
Default

60% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern

I guess this mix means I'm a mutt......
__________________
Tarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 06:59 PM   #5
HibachiDG
Sports Virtuoso
 
HibachiDG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 4,258
HibachiDG is on a distinguished road
Default

50% General American English
30% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
HibachiDG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 08:32 PM   #6
Pimpbot
U.K. Expat
 
Pimpbot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Posts: 1,402
Pimpbot is on a distinguished road
Default

Your Linguistic Profile:

55% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Of course, I speak the Queen's English.
__________________
My Teams Washington Redskins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns all things Notre Dame And ENGLAND RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!
Pimpbot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2005, 10:23 PM   #7
Richard the Lionheart
Krenzel/Owen Wilson 2008
 
Richard the Lionheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 3,869
Richard the Lionheart will become famous soon enoughRichard the Lionheart will become famous soon enough
Default

Your Linguistic Profile:
85% General American English
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie

Looks like I can be a newscaster.
__________________
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows...
Richard the Lionheart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 01:05 AM   #8
KevinBeane
Sports Virtuoso
 
KevinBeane's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Newark DE/Akron OH
Posts: 3,651
KevinBeane is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Ricky the Kid

Looks like I can be a newscaster.
You certainly could, Rick(y the Kid) Stonestorm! Tell us about tomorrow's whether, Stoney!

Interesting how all of us, without exception so far (according to this test) borrow a little bit from different regions than our own.

My own profile:

Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English
15% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern


Buckeye, if you're reading this, you know where I hail from....and since I inherited a speech pattern that is 50% more Yankee than Upper Midwestern and 100% more than Midwestern, we have proof positive than Penn State is a better fit for the Big Ten than Missouri or any of those corn-belt state's schools.
__________________
SLANT PATTERN
2004 SCMB FANTASY GOLF, NFL POINTSPREAD CHAMPION

"I believe in [a] God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings." -Albert Einstein
KevinBeane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 01:59 AM   #9
buckeyefan78
Happy Land
 
buckeyefan78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 12,864
buckeyefan78 is a jewel in the roughbuckeyefan78 is a jewel in the roughbuckeyefan78 is a jewel in the rough
Default

70% General American English
15% Midwestern
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie

KB...

I'll take PSU if I have to take one. Generally speaking, I don't like associating with or being lumped in with former slave states ( Missouri).

Had a linguistics professor tell me that the way people talk in the southern Great Lakes ( centered around the Cleveland area) is the basic dialect used in Hollywood for tv and movies. Make of that what you will, but like Ricky pointed out, he could be a newscaster.

People in Pittsburgh generally have their own regional dialect. A little bit of Dixie was in there if you ask me. Never noticed anything out of the ordinary when I lived in Maryland for about 10 seconds. California can't be judged. A state of transplants absorbed in an alternate state of reality. Although those who lived there for awhile, and even the natives, could tell I was from Ohio. Not sure how though.

I think level of education plays a role here. City/country upbringing probably does as well. My brother teaches 20 miles south in the country ( and officially the southern U.S. by my standards using the " anything south of Canton, Ohio IS THE SOUTH" method ) where people use "Y'all." Asked a guy down there one day how it was going, the man replied "I'm middlin" (spelling?) Only way my brother knew what he meant was by recalling an old Andy Griffith episode where the term was used.
buckeyefan78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 02:18 AM   #10
KevinBeane
Sports Virtuoso
 
KevinBeane's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Newark DE/Akron OH
Posts: 3,651
KevinBeane is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by buckeyefan78

Had a linguistics professor tell me that the way people talk in the southern Great Lakes ( centered around the Cleveland area) is the basic dialect used in Hollywood for tv and movies. Make of that what you will, but like Ricky pointed out, he could be a newscaster.

I don't know if it's true or not, but I used to hear that the Hollywood Machine would dispatch promising actors with unpromising dialects to go live in Ohio for a year or two to learn how Hollywood wanted them to talk.
__________________
SLANT PATTERN
2004 SCMB FANTASY GOLF, NFL POINTSPREAD CHAMPION

"I believe in [a] God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings." -Albert Einstein
KevinBeane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 02:25 AM   #11
Tarkus
The Thread Stalker
 
Tarkus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: In The Wind...
Posts: 11,856
Tarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura about
Default

Ohio huh, Buckeye...

My younger brother re-located to Dayton, OH & after a few months he started sounding on the phone like he was born & raised in "the land of cotton'....:lol:

He swore he never thought he sounded any different tho some in the family thought he knew. However, when I was a young buck building my hotrod & spending a few summers on the south side of town with some buddies who were of dark persuasion, my family pointed out (& it was apropos to the time & before Star Wars) that I sounded like I went over to 'the dark side'....

You can easily acquire the dialect of where you spend your time without even realizing any change has taken place. It seems the best guage is the feedback from the ones that hear you....
__________________
Tarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 04:06 AM   #12
Shawndo
Sports Virtuoso
 
Shawndo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 3,947
Shawndo is on a distinguished road
Default

Your Linguistic Profile:
75% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern
0% Yankee

I love different accents.. anything different fascinates me, and I can pick up an accent in a day or two..

I'd like to spend some time in England, Scotland, or Australia and then come back here and keep the accent going. Chicks dig that $#!* :evil:
Shawndo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 04:39 AM   #13
Tarkus
The Thread Stalker
 
Tarkus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: In The Wind...
Posts: 11,856
Tarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Shawndo


I'd like to spend some time in England, Scotland, or Australia and then come back here and keep the accent going. Chicks dig that $#!* :evil:
Ain't dat da truth....

I'm of Irish roots & would love to go there or Scotland, Shawn...

Wouldn't that be somethin' to both go there & reek American havoc on the locals???

__________________

Last edited by Tarkus; 04-18-2005 at 12:29 PM.
Tarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 09:24 AM   #14
Pimpbot
U.K. Expat
 
Pimpbot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Posts: 1,402
Pimpbot is on a distinguished road
Default

They'd drink you under the table.

The accent worked for me. The wife loves it.
__________________
My Teams Washington Redskins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns all things Notre Dame And ENGLAND RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!
Pimpbot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2005, 12:30 PM   #15
Tarkus
The Thread Stalker
 
Tarkus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: In The Wind...
Posts: 11,856
Tarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura aboutTarkus has a spectacular aura about
Default

I wouldn't doubt it, Pimp...

Like lambs to the slaughter...:lol:
__________________
Tarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:13 PM.