Yesterday's blog post on the various regional names for carbonated beverages evoked quite a few fun comments. While people still have regionalisms fresh on their minds, I thought I'd post a link to an online quiz called Are You a Yankee or a Rebel? It takes very little time to answer the twenty questions, click on Compute my score, and find out how much of one or the other you are. Some of the questions are about pronunciations and others about word choices. My results were 36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee, which I think is fairly accurate since I'm sure I have picked up some regionalisms here in South Carolina. Becka's results were 46% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom. We grew up in the same town in Ohio — on the same street, in fact! So really we've lived most of our lives in the same places — Ohio, Michigan, and South Carolina. Maybe her Dixie factor was higher because she has lived in South Carolina 3 years longer than I, while I was teaching in Michigan when we were single. But we're both to the point now where we've lived about half of our lives in the South.
I hope many of you will take the quiz, and then come back here to post your results. It will be interesting to see how accurate the quiz is for my readers. There were several questions where I had to stop to decide which word probably comes to my mind first since through prolonged exposure I'm comfortable using either one.
If you're really interested in this sort of thing, I found an extremely extensive site — http://aschmann.net/AmEng
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