Monday, April 25, 2005

even if you don't take the boy out of the midwest, you can still take the midwestern out of the boy

(From "What kind of American English do you speak?" quiz available here)

Jeremy Freese, 1985

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

15% Upper Midwestern

10% Yankee

5% Midwestern

0% Dixie

Jeremy Freese, 2005

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

20% Yankee

10% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern


Anonymous said...

what were the key words that changed you from a midwestern boy to a yankee son with a dixie twist?

jeremy said...

The key changes:

1. Adding "cruller" to my vocabulary.

2. Saying "soda" instead of "pop".

3. Sometimes saying "caramel" with three syllables.

4. Adding "y'all" to my vocabulary.

Anonymous said...

I was going to write a scathing critique of how you haven't left the midwest, so why would have changed, but then I carefully read the title of the post. Tricky, tricky man.

brady said...

I can only hope that exposure to my dulcet drawl helped you redress the shocking lack of a second person plural in standard English, as far as your personal speaking habits go.

Now you need to learn:

"D'jeet yet?"
"Y'awnt to?"

Anonymous said...

i didn't realize that site was around in 1985. ;)