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Richard

65% General American English
20% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

I don't believe the results. Both of my parents are British and have deep British accents, which of course, became the bedrock for how I speak today. I would be surprised if my Dixie is even .0001% let alone 5%. I think the test confuses mere spellings for dialect. Just because I use a particular word instead of another particular word does not mean I have adopted the accent for that word as well. But, hey, it was a fun test.

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Richard

I've been asked via a private email if that means I have a British accent. No. I was born and raised in the U.S. so you wouldn't know that my parents are Brits just by talking to me (maybe on a handful of words you might). But my Yankee and Dixie just have to be lower than 20% and 5%, respectively. But like I said, fun test anyway.

mythago

The test was interesting but the results were bizarre. "Yankee"? "Upper Midwest"?

We always referred to easy classes as "Underwater Basketweaving".

The Happy Feminist

Right. I talked about accent but I don't think there is much of a way the test can measure accent -- just word choice and pronunciation.

TheGodfather

No, i'm not :-)
Dixie is the way they speak in lousiana, isn't it?

Ann

I took this some time ago and was QUITE entertained to see my 20% upper midwest... look what's happened in just eight years in MN! Then again, when I first moved here I do remember consciously changing some things, so what do I expect...

mythago

True, HF, but it's still wonky. I assume 'Yankee' means 'New England' but it's just bizarre.

The Grouch

Mythago, that's funny. I've always heard courses that were very highfalutin but impractical (e.g. 17th-century aesthetics or something) "Underwater Basketweaving." E.g., people would say things like "The good thing about law school is that it's a refuge for smart people with stupid majors like Underwater Basketweaving."

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dieuepargne

45% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Well, that's interesting! I'm not American at all, I was born in Maryland, but I left before I could walk. And the longest I stayed in the country after that is in Boston, for less than 2 months! But everyone's always saying I have this American feel to my sayings; I never thought of it much. Then I took this test. Well, it certainly proved I do have a certain accent.

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