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Yankee-Dixie Quiz


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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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Rob

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64 Comments on “Yankee-Dixie Quiz”

  1. #1 Heather Cameron
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 6:37 am

    36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee. πŸ™‚ moved down here from the Baltimore area at the age of 8, but most of my family are from either Scotland, Michigan, or Ohio.

  2. #2 Ethan
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    31% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee. I guess my 9 years in S.C. and Texas haven’t changed much.

  3. #3 Dan Sehested
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I took the test and passed! I got a 79% “rosy neck” score. I was git’n a bit concerned when I saw a couple answers come up common with the NE folks. I guess the less than 100% comes from my Okie up-bringing.

  4. #4 Sonia
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    92% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?!

  5. #5 Doug MacMillan
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee.

    Hmmmm… What does this mean?? Probably not much… πŸ™‚

  6. #6 noelle
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    44%. I’m surprised. I’ve basically lived in Michigan my whole conscious life. I’ll blame it dad: his relatives are from West Virginia.:)

  7. #7 Deb
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    91% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?!
    LOL! I think this was pretty accurate

  8. #8 Lydia
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    33% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee. remarkable, really, since I’ve lived in the US for only 7 years and I’ve been in SC and FL most of the time. My dad’s from IL and my mom’s from NY (before she moved to Miami, anyway). I guess that’s where it comes from. After 4 years of saying I wouldn’t talk like a southerner, I finally gave in a little bit and now I say “y’all”. But I still say “you guys” more often than “y’all”.

  9. #9 Jason
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    “74% Dixie. Your neck must be a just little rosy!” Sweet! I think the only reason I’m not more Dixie is because my dad is from Idaho, and even though my mom’s from Texas, neither of them have accents.

  10. #10 Dan Olinger
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee.

    I lived 10 years in Spokane, WA, then 10 years in greater Boston, then 35 years in Greenville, so I’m pretty eclectic. I do recall that in central Mass. they called the restroom the “basement,” regardless of what floor it was on. I remember being confused my first day there, when the teacher asked who wanted to go to the basement but didn’t give a reason why. πŸ™‚

  11. #11 Rhonda
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I’m 71% Dixie, with my neck becoming a little rosie. πŸ™‚ Even though I grew up in southern California, I suppose my parents from Alabama and more than half of my life in Greenville, married to a man from Atlanta, has taken its toll on my vocabulary.

  12. #12 Alicia
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    6% dixie. I’ve lived here a 3rd of my life, AND I have a Southern mom, AND I’m engaged to someone that has lived here his entire life. I guess there’s no hope for me. No wonder I can’t get used to these hot summers… They pegged me 100% with one of my answers–the pop up reply said “only in Maine!” =)

  13. #13 Valerie
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I got “71% Dixie. Your neck must be a just little rosy!”
    “Born and reared in South Carolina” should have earned me a higher Dixie score, but “born and reared at BJU” probably affected that somewhat, because it’s such a melting pot of cultures. Plus my mom is from MI, so many of my answers came up as common in the Midwest.
    I would think knowing the words to the song “Dixie” would have made me more Southern, but the quiz didn’t ask!

  14. #14 Janet
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    97% Dixie. Not surprising. My ancestors crossed the ocean, settled into the Carolinas, and just across the border into Georgia, invited a couple of Cherokee Indians into the family and here we are! My grandfather was a moonshiner in the mountains above Walhalla, SC. My other grandfather, and most of my “aints” and my mama worked in textiles here in the upstate. Three of my uncles were on a mill ball team in Newry, SC. I know how to make buttermilk biscuits from scratch, and I can whip out a bowl of buttery, creamy hot grits that can make you want to slap your mama. :0D

  15. #15 Donna Lawrence
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Got a 52%–barely in Dixie, which wasn’t too surprising even though I am one of the GRITS and consider myself a Southerner, growing up in a University setting with parents from the Midwest tended to smooth out most Southernisms.

  16. #16 Robin
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    34% Dixie – You are definitely a Yankee. Interesting….. I spent my first 22 years in the south; the next 22 in Pennsylvania and New England; and the last 12 in the south. You’d think there would be more Dixie there. But even as a southerner I never said “poke” for “bag”, “y’all” for “you all”, or “cut out” for “turn off” (they didn’t ask that one!)

  17. #17 Katie
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    61% Dixie. Well under the Mason-Dixon Line.

  18. #18 Kim G
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    “39% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee.” I was born in Georgia, grew up in Florida, and now live in South Carolina. However, I consider these results accurate. People who meet me never guess I’m from the south. I’m guessing that’s because my mom is from Colorado and she homeschooled me from 1st-12th grade.

  19. #19 Brian
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    “44% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom” – actually, I don’t claim either. I consider myself a westerner, being raised in central Kansas. My pastor keeps calling me a yankee because he knows that gets my goat. I ain’t no sounth’ner, though I have now lived almost two thirds of my life down here in Greenville! I was glad to see that many of my responses showed a midwestern bent!

  20. #20 Vikki
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    25% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle.

    It seems that growing up in Wisconsin and living in the Chicago area has had a permanent affect on me. We’ve been in SC for over 5 years now, but it doesn’t seem to have changed anything. But then again, living in Greenville, SC might be the reason because it’s such a melting pot anyway.

  21. #21 Tony
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    50% Dixie, Barely in Yankeedom. For an over 50, life-long Michigander, this was a little surprising.

  22. #22 Elizabeth J.
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    34% Dixie… ‘course I grew up near good ole Beantown and only transplanted to SC about 5 years ago.
    You should check out the link at the bottom of the page for the ‘Advanced Yankee-Dixie Quiz.’ It’s even better! (My score that time around was ‘24% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle.’)

  23. #23 Cheryl
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    44% Dixie, barely in Yankeedom. And I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life. Go figure. Maybe I just like using Southern colloquialisms.

  24. #24 Michael
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    58% Dixie, Barely in Dixie. My mother is from North Carolina and my dad is from Maine and I was taught growing up by a bunch of people who weren’t from the South. So, I’ve picked up a few things along the way but most of my responses were common to the U.S.

  25. #25 Beth Shepherd
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    “86% Dixie. Do you still use Confederate money?”
    B)

  26. #26 Steve Coon
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    41% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom.

  27. #27 Anna Faye
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Yee haw!! 79% Dixie! That comes from a dad from Alabama, and a mom from North Carolina. I guess the remaining 21% comes from growing up in Florida (which in parts is the southern most northern state), and from marrying someone from Pennsylvania. πŸ™‚ We’ll just call that balanced but with the right emphasis…please pass the grits!

  28. #28 Eileen
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    28% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle. Considering the fact that I grew up in Canada…. I think a lot of the words used in eastern Canada are the same as the NE USA.

  29. #29 Sarah G.
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    65% Dixie. Well under the Mason-Dixon Line. Almost half and half…I guess that comes from having a Yankee dad and Dixie mom. πŸ™‚

  30. #30 Diane Heeney
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I was 25% Dixie…which is probably about right. Grew up in eastern PA, but spent 15 yrs in SC and TN. πŸ™‚

  31. #31 Vikki
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I just tried the advanced quiz and got “15% Dixie. Wow! You are a Duke of Yankeedom!” Guess that supports the first test I took which resulted in “25% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle.”

    We’re in Greenville, SC now, but I don’t think the above results will ever change that. I know people who have lived here over half a century and still have what ever dialect they came here with. It’s such a melting pot here that the only accents I ever notice are anymore are foreign accents or maybe a very heavy southern one. The funny thing is that this part of SC, when you get away from the Greenville area, does have a heavy southern accent, but it’s rarely heard in the Greenville area.

  32. #32 Barbara H.
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    “70% Dixie.Well under the Mason-Dixon Line.” Yep — I’ve lived all my life in the Southeast, the first 22 years in SE Texas. Some people consider TX more western than Southern, but where I lived they considered themselves full-fledged Southerners.

  33. #33 Laura LaRocco
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    57% Dixie. Barely in Dixie… I was born and raised in Southern Maryland (west side of the Chesapeake Bay) and came to Greenville for college 6 years ago. I attribute most of the northern pull to the fact that my dad is originally from the Philadelphia suburbs. πŸ™‚

  34. #34 deb :)
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    49% barely in yankeedom. Interesting and fun test! I was surprised at my results, though.

    Rob adds: I’m surprised too, Deb! Grampa B’s family was from Missouri, but I don’t think that explains your score. πŸ˜‰

  35. #35 Peter
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    25% Dixie.

    I wonder how many Canadians would score this way? Other than Nova Scotia, I’ve spent the most time in Connecticut, South Carolina and Florida . . . Oh yeah, and there’s also those first formative years in New Joisy πŸ™‚

  36. #36 Elizabeth Faulkner
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    100% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?!?

    Haha. I guess this is only fittin’ ’cause I’ve never lived anywhere ‘cept Georgia and South Carolina for all 22 years of my life. πŸ˜€ All those yankees at school haven’t succeeded in breaking me of my southern ways. πŸ˜‰

  37. #37 Michael A
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    “61% Dixie. Well under the Mason-Dixon Line.”

    Northern by blood, Southern by birth, a bit more Northern by marriage, but apparently still not broken.

  38. #38 Megan
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    21% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle. Born and raised in southeast Michigan. Moved to Greenville permanently in 2007.

  39. #39 Kathleen
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I got 44% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom. Kind of interesting for me, my dad is from the northwest, my mom was in a navy family, so moved around a lot, but would say she’s from Idaho. I was born in SC, and my family was there for 4 years, so there’s been some definite southern influence there. The language here is most similar to New England. And there are some things on that quiz that just aren’t in my vocabulary at all. Tiny lobsters crawling around on creek bottoms? They don’t have them here. Road running along an interstate highway? Well, to start with, that’s a motorway, thank you very much. And there’s no roads running alongside like that.

    I tried the advanced test, and was cracking up on the second question. “What is your regular word for the thing you push around the supermarket?” Well, that’s a shopping trolley. “Mostly England and UK so why are you taking this test?” Yep, they got me! I got 31% on the advanced test.

  40. #40 Kathy P
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I took 2 tests. The first was 55% Dixie. The second was 20% Dixie. What does that say about the validity of the test?

    This wasn’t really weighted for the West–Colorado where I grew up. Lived almost half my life in SC and Virginia (the latter half of my life:-)

  41. #41 Elizabeth
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I got 29% Dixie. Kind of funny since I have lived in the South most of my life. But I was born in NJ, lived a few years in Florida, and then lived in Georgia and South Carolina all my teen and adult years. But my mom was from NJ and my dad was from Norway.

  42. #42 Manda Kalagayan
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Only 88% Dixie?? This Southern girl hardly knows what to think about that!

  43. #43 Cindy
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    91% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?! Pretty accurate considering I was born right here in Greenville. I am a true GRIT. πŸ™‚

  44. #44 Hannah H.
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    53% Dixie. Barely in Dixie
    My dad’s a northerner, my mom a Richmonder (VA)- I grew up in a navy town, then moved to Richmond where I learned to say ma’am πŸ™‚

  45. #45 Abby
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    44% Dixie. Barely in yankeedom? Hmm… I don’t think they really include West Coast in this at all. I lived in WA until college, and have spent the last 3 years in Canada, Central America, and Montana. How would I have picked up dixiedom?

  46. #46 Tammy
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee.

    These are always fun to take and reminds you of you never want to change words or they are interchangeable like yard/garage sale.

  47. #47 Brittany Christian
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Well, according to the test, I’m 36% Dixie and definitely a Yankee. I’m surprised that it was that high…but be the bad influence of the past four years here in SC πŸ˜‰

  48. #48 Brittany Christian
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    However, after taking the advanced test, I was told I was 14% Dixie and a Duke of Yankeedom…made me feel somewhat better πŸ˜‰

  49. #49 Marilyn
    on Feb 25th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I’m 44% Dixie – barely a Yankee. I must confess I dithered a lot. And a couple of times changed my answer so I’d be more Yankee. But I’m all Yankee heart and blood.

  50. #50 KB
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    “44% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom.”

    Lived my whole life in the South, but my Yankee parents have significantly impacted vocabulary. I had a friend in college whose parents were thorough Bronx, and they loved me because they could understand me when they visited their daughter at ‘that Southern school.’

  51. #51 JoAnne in Keller, TX
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I’m 70% Dixie. Having lived in NC, AL, FL and Texas all my life, I guess that sounds about right.

  52. #52 Sue
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    “41% Dixie, barely in Yankeedom.” This comes from marrying a Yankee. My initial groan of “noooooooo” was greatly mollified after taking the advanced quiz:
    “100% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?!”
    Woohoo!!
    Wait, where’s the share on Facebook button? No “share” button? Drat. =)

  53. #53 Andrea
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I got 48% Dixie, but then I took the Advanced Test and got somewhere between 18-21% depending on how I answered one question that didn’t really have my answer available. I’m going to go with the 21% and say that I’m “a dandy Yankee Doodle,” mostly because I like the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” πŸ˜€
    My family moved from MI to GA when I was 6, but I have a thing for good grammar, so Southernizing has been less effective! πŸ™‚

  54. #54 Rob
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! All these comments are great! It seems as if the test is not always accurate. I hadn’t even noticed the link at the end of the test to take the advanced test. My results on that were 16% Dixie. Wow! You are a Duke of Yankeedom! It would seem from that that I’m less influenced by living in the South than I had thought from the first test. But then, there were several questions where I could have gone either way because what must be the Southern choice sounds good to me too.

  55. #55 Jessica
    on Feb 26th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    33% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee. [And proud of it!]
    The result made me smile, literally. πŸ™‚
    Took the advanced test too:
    25% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle.
    Love the validation! πŸ˜€

  56. #56 A.H.
    on Feb 27th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I was born here in SC. I scored 57% Barely in Dixie on the first test and 41% Barely in Yankeedom on the second. What does that mean???

    Rob adds: Your parents didn’t raise you right? πŸ˜‰

  57. #57 Caroline
    on Feb 27th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    interesting… i got the same score on both quizzes: 25% Dixie. You are a dandy Yankee Doodle. but i’ve only really “lived” in the US for about 5-6 years and that was in SC….

  58. #58 Jessica
    on Feb 28th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    “16% Dixie. Wow! You are a Duke of Yankeedom!” Whew, glad this southern living hasn’t contaminated me too much!

    Alicia (#12) has to be my cousin… I can’t believe she’s more Yankee than I am after living in the south longer than I have! I got the “only in Maine” one too–sub sandwiches always have been and always will be Italians. πŸ™‚

  59. #59 Garrison Parrish
    on Mar 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    100% Dixie Is General Lee your grandfather?

    Surprising enough because my mother is from Maine. I did recognize some northern terms that she uses, but for me i chose the ones i’m most used to hearing/using. I like these results though!

  60. #60 Richard P
    on Mar 3rd, 2011 at 7:44 am

    24% on the first one and 10% on the second one. “Need help digging out of the snow?”

    I personally like the answer to how you pronounce Monday – lunes? “You speak Spanish; why are you taking this test?” πŸ™‚

  61. #61 Vikki
    on Mar 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What’s up with the β€œonly in Maine” for sub sandwiches? I’ve never heard them called anything else in either Wisconsin or the Chicago area.

  62. #62 Olivia
    on Mar 3rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I am 60% Dixie, although I grew up in the middle of GA and have been told I have an accent:) Have a great day, ya’ll!!!

  63. #63 Amanda
    on Mar 5th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I can’t remember what I got now, but it was something along the lines of “barely Southern”. So living your entire life in the state of South Carolina and having parents and grandparents and great-grandparents that lived their entire lives in South Carolina isn’t Southern enough? I laughed.

    Quizzes like that are fun, but there are so few questions.

  64. #64 Sharon B.
    on Mar 6th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I got 35% Dixie, definitely in Yankeedom. . . kinda weird ’cause I’ve lived in SC all of my life, except for 4 months in PA. I was disappointed that the quiz didn’t ask what you do to a button, because I know the answer to that one. . . Mash it! πŸ™‚