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Are You More Yankee or Dixie? (Fun Little Quiz)

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http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/yankee_dixie_quiz.html

Just another silly, fun little quiz to test your dialect, and see if you have a little more of the Yankee or the Dixie in how you speak.



I came in at:

70% (Dixie). A definitive Southern score!



I agree with the results. Even though I've lived in Colorado most of my life, which is a diverse state culturally, I grew up much of my early life and summers in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and Tennessee. My parents and much of their families grew up in the south and in my childhood I had that southern diction in sounding syllables.

I remember ever so often as a little boy I'd always shout in victory looking for bugs saying, "Look, mommy, it's a roly-poly, roly-poly!" (giggles) And I do like to refer to the lobster-creatures in streams as crawdads, because my grandpa calls them that and it sounds catchy!

I never knew they had a name for the night before Halloween! (giggles) Cabbage Night is an interesting name though!

I do call carbonated beverages "pop" though and roads close to the highway "frontage roads", so I come from both backgrounds.



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Heh. 61% Dixie.  Born on an Air Base in Virginia, lived in Texas from age 2 to 29, and was raised by a central Massachusetts father and a central Texan mother.

But I digress.  Dixie, Yankee? TEXAN!  Anyhow, everything north of the Red River is Yankee Ter'tory.

T'ain't 'pop' or 'soda' or even sasparilla.  If it's dark and carbonated, it's a Coke.  Clear and carbonated, it's a Sprite.  No such thing as Seltzer, just Sprite.  'Want a Coke?' 'Sure, gimme a DP.'
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Yeah, yours sounds about right! I've come to known you more too as a friend and heard about your mother and father's diverse backgrounds and how they served as a melting pot for you!



I'll be amused if we see any 100% Pure Yankee or Dixie bloods in here! Right now I'm predicting that won't happen. But it can't be ruled out!



And while we're on the subject of carbonated drinks, I actually always say Pepsi generally, or by brand name. I imagine most say Coke but Pepsi is common too, which of course is a hybrid name. But when I speak of beverages in general that are carbonated, I do always say "pop".

I have no clue what the history behind the usage of "pop" has to do with these drinks either. I guess it's just simple and fizzes.

Sincerely,
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Wow! Hey Alicat, this may be right up your alley!
http://www.popvssoda.com/

Interesting that from where my parents and their families grew up (Missouri, southern Illinois) Soda seems to have a hold there geographically, yet they say Pop.

Looks like Pop and Coke are in a statistical dead heat, while Soda, though an underdog, has plenty of attention.

Hey, what do you think they call these drinks in the Carolinas (Other has a wide scope there). Anyone know?

Magnus is a fellow Carolina resident poet here, maybe he can help us out here.

I also saw a lot of pink in some of the Northeast states. Maybe Nan and other fellow Cape Cod resident poets can help there!



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That site is pretty interesting, and coke does have the majority in Texas, with soda having the majority in Arizona.  In fact, I've had to start using the word 'soda' since people can be rather literal minded here, and I really don't care for the taste of Coke, or Pepsi for that matter.
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I am 53% Dixie (according to them I am BARELY Dixie) Having been in TN for going on 3 years I can see where some of it rubbed off. I was born a Sideways Yankee (meaning from here you go North and hook a left to Portland)and would prefer to remain that way. Trying to get back home to Oregon. Seems like a long ways off though.Fun little test Noah.

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91% Dixie.  
Yet here I sit, watching the snow fall and fall and fall.  Every year, I ask myself..."What am I STILL doing living here, north of the Mason-Dixon line?"  And every year, I have NO good answer...  
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45% Yankee.

I knot no sutherner.

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If you get a 69% Dixie score and think nothing adult of it... You might be a redneck
lol

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46% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.

LMAO and I am southern


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A definitive Yankee.
heh . . .  

All youse guys couda tole medat . . .
ya know?

yeah, its:

pop
crick
crayfish
sub
huh?
what?
for real?
get outta here!
(classic Elaine style with the shoving)  
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41% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.

Does that mean I'm a might more southernly?
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Pity they forgot one question: What is the outdoor watering tube called?  And I have heard it called a 'hose pipe', 'garden hose', 'water hose', 'yard hose', and 'watering hose'.  Hose pipe was from someone from deep rural Alabama.
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58% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.

Born and raised in Northern In.

4 yrs in Newport RI.

2 yrs in NY

2 yrs in SF Ca.

2 yrs in Ga.

and 12 yrs in Fl.

I think I am a very nice mix..

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53% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.

SCREW EVERYONE that ever said I sounded like a redneck! HAHAHAHAHAHA

(BTW, lived in WV every day of my life. HA!)

ps-it's POP

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43% (Yankee). Barely into the yankee category.

Spent all my life in Washington (state) lol

He was a man of sorrows
...I am a girl of tears.

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98% Dixie.

Then the smart ass wanted to know if General Lee was my father.

Sheesh.

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LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (sorry)
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So, Karen.... uh.... was he???

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52% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.

For a Canadian not bad!  Must be because I visit ya'll down South once a year?
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42% Yankee


but the rest is canadian/ontarian(or an english/italian hybrid only Maree would understand). we have different words and we sometimes drop/change the place of vowels:

aggerculture(agriculture)
tronno (Toronto)
munchreal (Montreal)
calgree (Calgary)
homo milk (homogenized)
serviette (napkin)
zed (last letter of the alphabet)
water tap(faucet)

now if you want a reeeeeal canadian? there are words like chesterfield=sofa (i call it a couch) or toque(winter hat) etc.

and then of course there's Newfoundland, we don't know what language they speak

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Wow, so far it seems there's no real hardcore Yankees yet. Seems the pattern is you're moderately Yankee or a die-hard Dixie!



Wonder what "father" figure they'd associate with a die-hard Yankee?



Sincerely,
Noah Eaton

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AHEM

Actually I have to refute a few questions, um, like the last, number 20? "What's that bug that rolls into a ball when you touch it?"

Everybody knows that is a "doodle-bug". sigh

and 19?

"19. What's a drive through liquor store called?"

"Closed until after election time" er, no?

18.What's the night before Halloween called?

"er? the night before Halloween? and hey! I'm a witch!

17. What's it called when you throw toilet paper over a house?

Weird! I've never done that, never seen it done, and I have had many a bored and wasted moment too.
er...like this one

16. Coke is a univerally recognized term for all soda. Just as tampex is recognized for the generic term for women's sanitary products. I hereby rest my, um...case.

15. "Where might you get water in a public building?" Well, DUH. I thought water fountain just might be a good answer. (shaking my head now)

14. I generally thought that the job description of "grocery bagger" was because somebody stood there and put your groceries in a bag. But then, that was a decade ago, before the ecologically sound people decided that it made better sense for us to grapple with canned goods in the hems of our shirts/skirts etc. Or pay 12 extra cents for plastic and, er, YEAH, "bag" it ourselves. But somehow my "bag" answer made me more, um, southern. Go figger.



13. "What's that road along an Interstate highway?"

I thought, it's generally where we'd like to be. But somehow my answer of "service" road has placed me in a Dixie percantile irreversible.

12. "What is spread onto the tops of cakes?"

Gee, I thought this was safe. As in the well known term, "the icing on the cake" but NO--my answer deemed me "All of southern U.S., and Midwest except Great Lakes area" Guess that leaves out them michigan yanks, who likes their stuff so FROSTED they choose to live under six feet of the stuff for half the year. Heh. grin

11. " What do you call gym shoes?"

My answer was "gym shoes". They didn't leave me much space for creativity there. Again.

10. "What's the tiny lobster that crawls around in creek bottoms?"

sigh. Now how loaded a question is THAT?

9. What's that long sandwich with lots of cold cuts and toppings?

Everybody knows that is a "po-boy" and if you want lettuce, pickles and tomatoes, then you'd best order your po-boy, "dressed".

8. "What kind of sale is it on the front lawn?"

I have never heard of a "tag" sale in my life. The rest is known as "desperation".

7. Hey. Ya'll is a perfectly acceptable term now recognized by most of the free world. Thank god for suthernahs.

6. PUH-LEASE!

5. sigh...ask a bunch of poets what rhymes with route? smile...I hope for creative answers.

4. Pyjamas? how about REALLY BIG T SHIRT?

3. Creek and crick...more rhyming noise. Stop it already.

2. I have never asked for a "car-mel" sunday in my life. Give me some freaking CA-Ra-Mel and I might shut up long enough to make "mmmmmmm" noises though.

1. Ant Mary, Aunt Mary, who gives a damn, as long as Aunt Mary ain't actually yer momma in an episode of Jerry Springer, exposed as Uncle Larry, then you ain't actually suthern, son.

98% Dixie MAH ASS!



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this made me laugh so hard, what a smile you brought to my face Karen and Raph,
and Karen OMG . . .

It is so a potato bug and in NY you
just don't have drive through liquor anything, it blew my mind when I went out of NY to see this and to see liquor all lined up in the grocery store!!!!

I had a bottle of Vodka next to veggies, completely screwed my head up . . . and once I actually did drive through a store, I swear to God, just drive the car right in like a garage, like a big lazy pig, and have someone load stuff in the car.  

We have nothing of the sort here.

*scenes from Escape from NY running through my mind*

Raph, that aggerculture is the same here,
. . . Calgree is the same too.

8. "What kind of sale is it on the front lawn?"

I have never heard of a "tag" sale in my life. The rest is known as "desperation".


That made me literally laugh right out loud. Geez, here people have entire neighborhood sales, entire suburbia complexes selling their crap.

And if you want a weal New Yawker,
ya need ta go to NYC . . .

An entirely different world in which I live.

I am so a Yankee, Karen tells me all the time . . . *grin*
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quote:
Guess that leaves out them michigan yanks, who likes their stuff so FROSTED they choose to live under six feet of the stuff for half the year. Heh. grin

You argue with Tony the Tiger at your own peril, Karen. Or do you really think iced flakes would taste as good?

In Michigan, iced is what happens to bridges. And, frequently, to everything else in sight.



Please note, we don't call those frost storms?

Cakes get frosted. So, too, do heavy mugs for root beer and people who spend too much time at their local bar/tavern/pub (usually before heading home on the interstate/freeway/highway/expressway/turn pike).

Sigh. I spent my youth alternating between Monroe, Louisiana and Battle Creek, Michigan, then spent most of my adult life in Southern California. I took this lame test. It said I was 78 percent confused.
 
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