Blog Prompt #4 (2/20/2019)

Let’s make this one more fun.

The New York Times recently published a little quiz that can tell where you grew up based on your answers to questions regarding the words and phrases you feel comfortable using.

You can see below how the quiz nailed where I grew up in Western New York. I think it’s because I grew up wearing “sneakers,” eating “subs” while drinking a “pop,” and poking “potato bugs” just to watch them curl up into little balls.

You can take the quiz here. Let us know how it does. What are the specific words or terms that you believe helped to identify where you lived? Get a friend or family member who grew up in another part of the country and ask them to take the quiz. How did it go for them?

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10 comments for “Blog Prompt #4 (2/20/2019)

  1. Jordan
    February 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    My results were inaccurate. I grew up in South Carolina my entire life but my dialect is more similar to places like Richmond, Virginia, Columbus, Georgia, and Lexington, Kentucky. Although these are all southern states, they are all outside of my state. This may be due in part to the fact I traveled a lot and my family is from other places. I think this was also made more difficult because I use words interchangeably. I say pa-jam-as and pa-jahm-as, I say lightning bugs and fireflies, and I say roly-polys and doodle bugs, I say aunt as ant, auhnt, and ain’t depending on who I’m speaking to or about and I say caramel both ways too. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/dialect-quiz-map.html

  2. Alex
    February 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    The results I received from the quiz was in the South. It showed me growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Greensboro, North Carolina. My grandparents would say certain things. I was around my grandparents a lot growing up. They had a way of saying things. That word gets a lot of debate on how it is sad. I say it with the “can” sound at the end not “con”.  I will say things and not really think about the way I say it. As long as I get the point across. I will say fireflies and lightening bug. I use fireflies more often than lightening bug.  

  3. Shayn
    February 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    The result I got from the quiz was relatively accurate. One of the areas it guessed was the Augusta area. For the most part I talk like my parents do with words like caramel and lightning bug. I usually use dinner more than supper but I’ve always thought of them as the same. I do say y’all fairly often but I say you guys more. 

  4. Aostin
    February 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    The results that I received from the quiz were somewhat inaccurate. The 3 areas that I received were Pembroke Pines, San Antonio and San Jose. A lot of the terms I’ve never used before. The main one that I did see that was something that I say was y’all. I prefer to say y’all as opposed to you guys or you all. I’ve always lived in South Carolina, so that’s probably why I say it. However, as I get older, I say you guys more when I’m speaking to people that I don’t normally talk to. 

  5. Shianne Huffman
    February 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Though the direct location was inaccurate for where I grew up, it was the location for where my father grew up. IT was likely “crawdad” that placed me in that category. My mother never referred to lobster-like crustaceans, so I only heard it from my father, who said “crawdads”. The map suggests I am from Kentucky because of the words “yard sale”. The third suggestion was New Mexico because “frontage” road, which is the road that follows along the interstate.
    My friend did the quiz and was spot on. He grew up in South Florida and the quiz placed him growing up there. There was one word, “sunshower” that placed him in South Florida twice. His third location was Baltimore because of “yard sale”. The same word used between us, but placed us in different states. This was likely due to the different answers we gave throughout the quiz. Besides living up here for the past couple years, he grew up in Florida and so did his family. My family grew up in different parts of America before settling down in Florida. 
     

    • Shauna
      February 19, 2019 at 9:18 pm

       
      Nailed my home state and area. Interesting quiz.

  6. Cedia
    February 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

    The results that I received were somewhat accurate. My results were Jackson, Mississippi, Columbus Georgia and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have grew up in South Carolina majority of my life but, I was born in a small-town in Georgia called Hinesville. We moved to South Carolina when I was three but, we always go back often to visit. All of my family grew up in Georgia which is why I’m not shocked because we all have country slang in us.  I actually thought that I would be labeled somewhere in Georgia if not South Carolina but Jackson, Mississippi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana I would have never guessed! Although, someone did ask me was I from New Orleans one time and ever since I started catching on to my accent more. I have noticed when I am having a conversation and I talk really fast that my country accent is a little stronger than usual. 

  7. John
    February 20, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    My results were fairly accurate.  The strongest similarities that my results showed were centered around Mississippi and Alabama, with slightly weaker correlations with Georgia and western South Carolina.  Surprisingly, there was almost just as dark of a red color over parts of southern Louisiana as there was South Carolina.  I honestly have no idea where that came from.  I really thought my results would be centered around Georgia and the western part of our state, but I guess the Alabama accent is not very different.  I have in fact lived about thirty minutes from Aiken my entire life and while it was not dead on it was fairly close.  Growing up in a small rural community probably had a lot to do with my southern accent sticking as strongly as it did.  What I am really still surprised about is the Lousiana connection.  I don’t at all consider myself to have the Lousiana dialect but I guess there are some slight connections.  Even when it doesn’t sound the same I guess words are pronounced similarly.

    • Cedia Vicks
      February 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      I would say that we are in similar situation. When I saw Louisiana as an option I would have never thought to have any type of connection. I’m not to up to date on the accents and the dialect in Louisiana but I do understand that (like you said) their could be some “slight connections”.

  8. Hailey Stamper
    February 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    My results were inaccurate. I was born and raised in North Carolina, about an hour outside of Raleigh.  The quiz placed me as being from Texas. I do think this is interesting, however, as my parents attended college in Texas and had my brother there before they moved to North Carolina. Apparently, this result is because I say the words “Y’all” and “tennis shoes” and call a drinking fountain a “water fountain.” Additionally, I checked that there was no difference between the words “dinner” and “supper.”
    I had my brother take the quiz and he got the same results. But as he was only born in Texas, and not raised there, I’m still not sure how accurate the results are. 

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