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    Quote Originally Posted by Honor View Post
    ...Find out where in the United States your dialect is from by taking this short 25 question quiz: http://spark.rstudio.com/jkatz/dialectquiz/
    Wow - I'm a bit surprised by this!

    Again, the cities cited as most similar to my manner of speaking are predominantly from the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic United States.
    I feel this is primarily a function of the test being driven by selection of words/expressions upon visual cue, as opposed to analysis of an audio (WAV/mp3) file of my voice.
    A while ago there was a thread that asked people to make a short recording of their voices and post it; I did so and will try to dig it up; I don't think I sound like I'm from the Mid-Atlantic, however I apparently use a lot of similar vocabulary as people from that region.

    Finally, of greatest interest to me was the map presented with the results of my test:



    The "hot spots" - or regions where language used by the locals is of greatest similarity to that of my question responses - are all locales of the U.S. that I lived in for 1 to 2 years as a child.
    Places I've lived since birth to now are listed in order below; the hot spots of the map are bolded:

    1974 - 1979 = Heidelberg, Germany
    1979 - 1981 = Fort Hood, Texas
    1981 - 1983 = Frankfurt a.M., Germany
    1983 - 1984 = Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    1984 - 1986 = Indianapolis, Indiana
    1986 - 1988 = St. Louis, Missouri

    1988 - 1994 = Reston, Virginia
    1994 - 1996 = Orlando, Florida
    1997 - 1998 = Fairfax, Virginia
    1998 - 2012 = Tallahassee, Florida
    2012 - Present = Virginia Beach, Virginia

    So my hypothesis is that between the ages of 9 and 14 the dialect(s) of the regions I lived imprinted on me and have wound up influencing the word choice/terminology I use conversantly.
    Apparently I use a lot of the same words/expressions as people from those regions - but I maintain that I do not sound that way IRL.
    I'll find that audio file in the other post to see if I can substantiate my claim, or be told I'm full of shit, whatever the good people reading this thread and who to reply as such decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thalassa View Post
    Oh our 3rd person reference to ourselves denotes nothing more than we realize we are epic characters on the forum.

    Narcissism, plain and simple.

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    I'm impressed.

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    2 Trenton NJ 44.4
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    I grew up about 70 miles (?) of Reading, but it's all still part of the lower band of PA and has the same regional dialect, and my parents were actually imports to that area from Bethlehem PA, which is part of the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton (ABE) metro area in eastern PA.


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    Daaaaaang.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    Thanks for the link. We do have "woodlice" after all, but not the kind that roll up into a ball to protect themselves.
    Tricky. So what do you call them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Honor View Post
    lol! i love this story!!! you said you were from new zealand? now, that must be a wicked cool place to live.


    What makes you say that? Been watching Lord of the Rings lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Such Irony View Post
    Funny how Fargo ranks number 1, I've only been there a couple of times and NO, I DO NOT TALK LIKE THE PEOPLE IN THE FARGO MOVIE.


    Awwww. Don't ruin it with the truth.



    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    So my hypothesis is that between the ages of 9 and 14 the dialect(s) of the regions I lived imprinted on me and have wound up influencing the word choice/terminology I use conversantly.
    Apparently I use a lot of the same words/expressions as people from those regions - but I maintain that I do not sound that way IRL.
    I'll find that audio file in the other post to see if I can substantiate my claim, or be told I'm full of shit, whatever the good people reading this thread and who to reply as such decide.
    Where are you parents from Halla? They can have a lot of influence on the words you use.

    And are you an army kid or are you actually German?

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    Daaaaaang.

    That is one confusing map.

    You must have some sort of Frankenstein accent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    You must have some sort of Frankenstein accent.
    Yeah, I dunno. I've lived in Texas all of my life (minus one year overseas), so I get my similarity with most of the southern states, but those random Northern ones are a bit odd.

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    It seems thoroughly convinced that I am from Washington.

    It almost had the right idea, though. You can see that western PA is pretty red.

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    EDIT: A lot of these expressions that I've never heard before astonish me.
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    Interesting... the first time I tried posting this, my entire browser locked up on me, so I had to take the test again. It gives you different questions (pulls 25 from some greater number of questions - some were the same, some weren't). My results weren't identical, but they were close. Here's my 2nd run:

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    2 Sacramento CA 55.9
    3 Elk Grove CA 55.9
    4 Roseville CA 55.8
    5 San Mateo CA 55.8

    Least Similar Cities
    1 Philadelphia PA 39.3
    2 Camden NJ 39.6
    3 Tuscaloosa AL 40.1
    4 Macon GA 40.2
    5 New Orleans LA 40.5

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    Both times I got strong correlations with the west coast, specifically Northern California. I grew up in Idaho (and Texas when I was younger), so this seems pretty realistic... I don't think that most westerners have as many variances in accents as folks in other regions may, so this fits. The funny thing is... the only place on the entire map east of Colorado is a very small patch in St. Louis... which is where I live now. I'm fairly impressed with that.
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    Hey Southern Kross!

    Thanks for your reply; my follow up comments are below...

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    Where are you parents from Halla?
    Halla's Dad = Atlanta, Georgia
    Halla's Mama = Rheinzabern, Germany

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    They can have a lot of influence on the words you use.
    Absolutely. The bulk of my profane vocabulary is my Father's; and my Mama taught me all the rest I needed to know.
    In all seriousness, this makes perfect sense - and I can think of phrases/expressions that I use regularly in conversation yet I know I picked them up from one of my parents.
    However, as far as the locales my dialect seems to have a lot in common with - my quiz results seem even more skewed now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    And are you an army kid or are you actually German?
    Both, actually.
    My Mother is German, I was born there, and lived there until age 5, and then again from 7 through 9 years of age.
    I spoke German almost exclusively until about the age of three, at which point in time my Dad realized got word that he would likely receive orders for a new command within the next year or two.
    So, at that point we began speaking more English at home to get me caught up and ready to live in the U.S.A.

    I've noticed the accents/dialects of each region I've lived.
    If anything I've made a consistent effort NOT to pick one up, yet I can easily mimic any of them at the drop of a hat.
    It's funny to me because my wife's relatives (from the Atlantic City, NJ area) tell both of us that we sound Southern to them; however friends of ours from many parts of the Southeast U.S. have told us that we don't sound Southern at all.
    I guess part of that is relativity at play.

    These results are indeed intriguing to me, because they don't make sense to me, and now I get to ponder on it and try to figure it out.

    Have a great evening!



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    Makes sense to me. I've heard that I have a pretty standard Hollywood accent (even though I've only been to California once, for a week). As for the other red splotches... Texas makes sense, since my grandmother was from San Antonio, and the Maryland/VA/DC area being red makes sense since I went to school there for three years. As for the rest... no idea!

    From this map (esp. the CA thing), it looks like somehow I avoided all three primary dialect influences, growing up, or they somehow merged into something less distinctive: my dad is from the Carolinas via Kentucky, my mother is from northern Louisiana, and I grew up in the Rocky Mountain west. So unlike my parents, I don't pronounce "pen" and "pin" the same and I don't pronounce the days of the week like "Mond-ee tues-dee wednes-dee"... but unlike my regional peers, I don't use paper baygs and I don't fish at the crick. On the other hand... if you heard me talk, I'm pretty nasal, in a way that you wouldn't associate with California or the South at all. People usually assume my accent is either nasal Californian or subdued Midwestern... because people forget the Rocky Mountain region even exists, let alone that it has an accent and slang of its own.

    (p.s. I appreciate the fact that my hometown is actually within the bright red area! I was worried that it wouldn't be.)
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