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Old 04-28-2005, 09:12 PM   #1 (Print)
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Arrow What kind of American English do you speak?

What, no Brits want to get in on the thread asking What kind of American English do you speak?

As pointed out by iankb and btwyx, you can leave questions unanswered if no choices seem appropriate, in which case the percentages will not total to 100%. Including this remaining percentae as an "other" item in your post will make it easier to compare results.

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Old 04-29-2005, 02:23 AM   #2 (Print)
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About half of the questions have no suitable answer.

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Old 04-29-2005, 03:35 AM   #3 (Print)
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Oh I don't know. There's only two or three that don't have a UK English meaning.

Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
30% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

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Old 04-29-2005, 04:17 AM   #4 (Print)
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Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern


I'm thinking that most Brits would end up with a similar profile... but who knows...

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Old 04-29-2005, 04:33 AM   #5 (Print)
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You don't have to guess because, if you leave out an answer, it will just score less than 100%.

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Old 04-29-2005, 06:15 AM   #6 (Print)
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I was tempted to leave out the one about shopping trolleys, but went for shopping cart as it was closest:

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Old 04-29-2005, 06:20 AM   #7 (Print)
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I understood the word 'shopping', but I think that a horse comes before a 'cart'.

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Old 04-29-2005, 06:32 AM   #8 (Print)
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I'm thinking that most Brits would end up with a similar profile... but who knows...


I, too, would expect some similarity, yet there isn't. So, here are my answers (in bold - comments or additional answers in blue):


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


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


3. You bring back your groceries in a...
Sack
Bag


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

5. You call sweetened, carbonated beverages:
Soda
Pop
Coke
Fizzy Drinks

6. You drink from:
A water fountain
A drinking fountain
Not that I actually do, but that's what I would call it - I think.


7. You tend to call the sweet spread on top of cake:
Icing
Frosting
Both


8. Do you use the word cruller?
No
Yes
Although as I spend a lot of time in NY, I do at least know what one is.


9. What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle and you have to get off at a certain point?
Rotary
Something else like a circle, traffic circle, or roundabout


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


11. If it's raining while the sun is shining, you call it:
The Devil is Beating His Wife
A sunshower
You have no term for it


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


13. What is the four wheeled contraption you push around your groceries in?
Buggy
Carriage
Shopping / grocery cart
Although the real answer is shopping trolley



14. You work out in...
Tennis shoes
Sneakers
Trainers


15. "Y'all"...
Just rolls off your tongue
Is not sometihng you say


16. The second syllable in pajamas sounds like:
The A in jam
The A in father


17. Does "caramel" have two or three syllables?
Two
Three
You say it both ways


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


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


20. Mary / marry / merry...
Are pronounced differently
Are pronounced the same
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Old 04-29-2005, 06:44 AM   #9 (Print)
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I, too, would expect some similarity, yet there isn't.
The only difference is that britcub answered all question with appropriate guesses, while you only answered ones with acceptable answers. I agreed with you, except that I didn't find 'Shopping Cart' acceptable.

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Old 04-29-2005, 07:10 AM   #10 (Print)
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There were several questions with answers not at all appropriate...so i gave up!!
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:16 AM   #11 (Print)
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35% General American English
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15% Dixie
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:36 AM   #12 (Print)
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16. The second syllable in pajamas sounds like:
The A in jam
The A in father

Not here. It sounds like the EU in "peut etre" for me.

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Old 04-29-2005, 09:39 AM   #13 (Print)
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So, from the 14 that have answers:

35% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

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Old 04-29-2005, 09:58 AM   #14 (Print)
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Not here. It sounds like the EU in "peut etre" for me.
I can understand the first syllable sounding like that, but not the second.

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Old 04-29-2005, 10:12 AM   #15 (Print)
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Oops - quite right, I misread it!

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Old 04-29-2005, 11:43 AM   #16 (Print)
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:52 AM   #17 (Print)
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If you'd like even more fun along these lines, I've posted a link to the quizzes written by the editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English in a thread called Take a Regional DARE.

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Old 04-29-2005, 01:19 PM   #18 (Print)
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I, too, would expect some similarity, yet there isn't. So, here are my answers (in bold - comments or additional answers in blue):
11. If it's raining while the sun is shining, you call it:
The Devil is Beating His Wife
A sunshower
You have no term for it
You have no term for it??

Ever heard of a RAINBOW ?

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Old 04-29-2005, 01:32 PM   #19 (Print)
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here's one:

do you call it:

cooking out
grilling
bbq'ing

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Old 04-29-2005, 01:33 PM   #20 (Print)
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oops. even i hosed that one...

should be:

cooking out
grilling
or
bar-b-queueing

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Old 04-29-2005, 02:29 PM   #21 (Print)
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Ever heard of a RAINBOW
Not really the same thing. And rainbow is a perfectly normal American word as well.

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