What Kind Of Dialect Do You Speak With? www.alphadictionary.com
How do you pronounce Aunt?   <ul><li>Like the word want  </li></ul><ul><li>Like the word ant  </li></ul><ul><li>Like the w...
How do you pronounce caramel?   <ul><li>Two syllables (&quot;car-ml&quot;)  </li></ul><ul><li>Three syllables (&quot;car-a...
How do you pronounce creek?   <ul><li>Rhymes with meek  </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with kick  </li></ul><ul><li>I say &quot;...
How do you pronounce the second syllable in pajamas?   <ul><li>Rhymes with jam  </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with job  </li></...
How do you pronounce &quot;route&quot;?   <ul><li>Rhymes with root  </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with rout  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Do you pronounce &quot;cot&quot; and &quot;caught&quot; the same way? <ul><li>Yes  </li></ul><ul><li>No  </li></ul><ul><li...
How do you address a group of people?   <ul><li>You(se) guys  </li></ul><ul><li>You all  </li></ul><ul><li>Youse  </li></u...
What kind of sale is it on the front lawn? <ul><li>Rummage sale  </li></ul><ul><li>Tag sale  </li></ul><ul><li>Yard sale  ...
What's that long sandwich with lots of cold cuts and toppings? <ul><li>Sub  </li></ul><ul><li>Hoagie  </li></ul><ul><li>Gr...
What's the tiny lobster that crawls around in creek bottoms? <ul><li>Crawfish  </li></ul><ul><li>Crayfish  </li></ul><ul><...
What do you call gym shoes? <ul><li>Sneakers  </li></ul><ul><li>Tennis shoes  </li></ul><ul><li>Gym shoes  </li></ul><ul><...
What is spread onto the tops of cakes? <ul><li>Frosting  </li></ul><ul><li>Icing  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't know  </li></ul>...
What's that road along an Interstate highway? <ul><li>Frontage road  </li></ul><ul><li>Service road  </li></ul><ul><li>Acc...
What do you put groceries in? <ul><li>Bag  </li></ul><ul><li>Sack  </li></ul><ul><li>Poke  </li></ul><ul><li>Used nationwi...
Where might you get water in a public building? <ul><li>Water fountain  </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking fountain  </li></ul><ul...
What is that bubbly carbonated drink called? <ul><li>Soda  </li></ul><ul><li>Coke  </li></ul><ul><li>Pop  </li></ul><ul><l...
What's it called when you throw toilet paper over a house? <ul><li>TP'ing  </li></ul><ul><li>Toilet papering  </li></ul><u...
What's a drive through liquor store called? <ul><li>don't go to such (none of the below) </li></ul><ul><li>Brew thru  </li...
What's that bug that rolls into a ball when you touch it? <ul><li>Potato bug  </li></ul><ul><li>Pillbug  </li></ul><ul><li...
What is the resort area along the ocean called?   <ul><li>The shore.  </li></ul><ul><li>The beach.  </li></ul><ul><li>The ...
What is your regular word for the thing you push around the supermarket? <ul><li>A  buggy.  </li></ul><ul><li>A cart.  </l...
Which phrase sounds more natural to you? <ul><li>Very big.  </li></ul><ul><li>Mighty big.  </li></ul><ul><li>Wicked big.  ...
How would you indicate something far in the distance? <ul><li>Way over there.  </li></ul><ul><li>Over yonder.  </li></ul><...
How would you indicate that you are about to leave? <ul><li>I'm getting ready to go.  </li></ul><ul><li>I'm fixing to go. ...
How do you pronounce &quot;syrup&quot;? <ul><li>si -rup  </li></ul><ul><li>Surp or surrup  </li></ul><ul><li>si -rip  </li...
What do you pack for travel? <ul><li>A suitcase.  </li></ul><ul><li>A bag.  </li></ul><ul><li>A valise.  </li></ul><ul><li...
How do you or the folks where you live pronounce &quot;water&quot;? <ul><li>ward-er </li></ul><ul><li>watter  </li></ul><u...
Do you generally . . . <ul><li>mow the lawn?  </li></ul><ul><li>cut the grass?  </li></ul><ul><li>mow the grass?  </li></u...
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What American Dialect Do You Speak With?

  1. 1. What Kind Of Dialect Do You Speak With? www.alphadictionary.com
  2. 2. How do you pronounce Aunt? <ul><li>Like the word want </li></ul><ul><li>Like the word ant </li></ul><ul><li>Like the word caught </li></ul><ul><li>Like ain't </li></ul><ul><li>New England: Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island </li></ul><ul><li>Spoken throughout the US. </li></ul><ul><li>Rare; tends to center around eastern New England. </li></ul><ul><li>Deep, deep South; you should come up for air. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do you pronounce caramel? <ul><li>Two syllables (&quot;car-ml&quot;) </li></ul><ul><li>Three syllables (&quot;car-a-mel&quot;) </li></ul><ul><li>Either </li></ul><ul><li>Common along the Atlantic seaboard and southern US </li></ul><ul><li>Most common around the Great Lakes and into the northeast US </li></ul><ul><li>Make up your mind. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do you pronounce creek? <ul><li>Rhymes with meek </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with kick </li></ul><ul><li>I say &quot;brook&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Common throughout the entire US. </li></ul><ul><li>Runs through a band from Pennsylvania to Michigan. </li></ul><ul><li>You come from New England or live there. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do you pronounce the second syllable in pajamas? <ul><li>Rhymes with jam </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with job </li></ul><ul><li>Either </li></ul><ul><li>Northeast US and Great Lakes, and west Coast </li></ul><ul><li>Southeastern US </li></ul><ul><li>No bias. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do you pronounce &quot;route&quot;? <ul><li>Rhymes with root </li></ul><ul><li>Rhymes with rout </li></ul><ul><li>Either </li></ul><ul><li>Almost rhymes with rut </li></ul><ul><li>Most common to the Northeast US. </li></ul><ul><li>Southeastern US. </li></ul><ul><li>Western US. </li></ul><ul><li>Midwestern US: Michigan, Indiana, and areas of surrounding states. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Do you pronounce &quot;cot&quot; and &quot;caught&quot; the same way? <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Caught = kawt </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly in New England. </li></ul><ul><li>Favored from Pennsylvania to Ohio and Indiana. </li></ul><ul><li>Way down South in the land of cotton. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do you address a group of people? <ul><li>You(se) guys </li></ul><ul><li>You all </li></ul><ul><li>Youse </li></ul><ul><li>You'uns, yins </li></ul><ul><li>Y'all </li></ul><ul><li>New Yawk and New Joisey. </li></ul><ul><li>Common nearly everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>New York and New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania! </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout southeast US, southern Midwest, and Texas. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What kind of sale is it on the front lawn? <ul><li>Rummage sale </li></ul><ul><li>Tag sale </li></ul><ul><li>Yard sale </li></ul><ul><li>Garage sale </li></ul><ul><li>Western Great Lakes </li></ul><ul><li>New York City area. </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the US but slightly more in the southeast. </li></ul><ul><li>All of US except the southeast. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What's that long sandwich with lots of cold cuts and toppings? <ul><li>Sub </li></ul><ul><li>Hoagie </li></ul><ul><li>Grinder </li></ul><ul><li>Italian </li></ul><ul><li>Hero </li></ul><ul><li>Po Boy </li></ul><ul><li>Common throughout entire US </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut to Vermont. </li></ul><ul><li>Only in Maine! </li></ul><ul><li>New Yawk and New Joisey. </li></ul><ul><li>From the deep south or you listen to far too much country radio. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What's the tiny lobster that crawls around in creek bottoms? <ul><li>Crawfish </li></ul><ul><li>Crayfish </li></ul><ul><li>Crawdad </li></ul><ul><li>Mud bug </li></ul><ul><li>Lousiana, Texas, and vicinity. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a universal generic term used nationwide. </li></ul><ul><li>The Southeast US, Midwest, and Plains. </li></ul><ul><li>As far south as it goes: Lousiana and south Texas. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What do you call gym shoes? <ul><li>Sneakers </li></ul><ul><li>Tennis shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Gym shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Running shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Very strongly biased toward the Northeast US. </li></ul><ul><li>All of the US except the Northeast US </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest US and Chicago. </li></ul><ul><li>No bias, sorry! </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is spread onto the tops of cakes? <ul><li>Frosting </li></ul><ul><li>Icing </li></ul><ul><li>Don't know </li></ul><ul><li>Don't care </li></ul><ul><li>New England and western Great Lakes. </li></ul><ul><li>All of southern US, and Midwest except Great Lakes area. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you eat your cake bare? </li></ul><ul><li>Dieting, huh? </li></ul>
  14. 14. What's that road along an Interstate highway? <ul><li>Frontage road </li></ul><ul><li>Service road </li></ul><ul><li>Access road </li></ul><ul><li>Feeder </li></ul><ul><li>Favored in western Great Lakes region. </li></ul><ul><li>Used nationwide, especially in urban areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Slight bias toward southern US. </li></ul><ul><li>Local use in Houston and eastern Great Lakes. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What do you put groceries in? <ul><li>Bag </li></ul><ul><li>Sack </li></ul><ul><li>Poke </li></ul><ul><li>Used nationwide including southern urban areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Favors rural areas of southern US. </li></ul><ul><li>Central Appalachians. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Where might you get water in a public building? <ul><li>Water fountain </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking fountain </li></ul><ul><li>Bubbler </li></ul><ul><li>No answer </li></ul><ul><li>Most common nationwide except for Great Lakes area. </li></ul><ul><li>Common in Great Lakes area and Western US </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy bias in southern Wisconsin and Massachusetts. </li></ul><ul><li>You are not alone. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is that bubbly carbonated drink called? <ul><li>Soda </li></ul><ul><li>Coke </li></ul><ul><li>Pop </li></ul><ul><li>(Soft) Drink </li></ul><ul><li>Tonic </li></ul><ul><li>Used heavily in northeast US and California. </li></ul><ul><li>Common throughout southern US and Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>Used heavily in Great Lakes west through northern states. </li></ul><ul><li>Used mostly in a small belt from Carolinas to Indiana. </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts! </li></ul>
  18. 18. What's it called when you throw toilet paper over a house? <ul><li>TP'ing </li></ul><ul><li>Toilet papering </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling </li></ul><ul><li>Papering </li></ul><ul><li>Wrapping </li></ul><ul><li>Great Lakes and Midwest region. </li></ul><ul><li>Used throughout US. </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly used in deep South. </li></ul><ul><li>Used in New York City region. </li></ul><ul><li>Deep in the heart of Texas. </li></ul>
  19. 19. What's a drive through liquor store called? <ul><li>don't go to such (none of the below) </li></ul><ul><li>Brew thru </li></ul><ul><li>Beverage barn </li></ul><ul><li>Party barn </li></ul><ul><li>Dont worry, this is a common response. </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Ohio, the Virginias, North Carolina. </li></ul><ul><li>Largely a Texas term but also used in the urbanized Northeast. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly a Texas word. </li></ul>
  20. 20. What's that bug that rolls into a ball when you touch it? <ul><li>Potato bug </li></ul><ul><li>Pillbug </li></ul><ul><li>Roly-Poly </li></ul><ul><li>Doodle bug </li></ul><ul><li>Sow bug </li></ul><ul><li>Cellar Bug </li></ul><ul><li>Used all over </li></ul><ul><li>Great Lakes region and northeast US </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the US </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the South </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest US </li></ul><ul><li>Used in parts of Missouri. </li></ul>
  21. 21. What is the resort area along the ocean called? <ul><li>The shore. </li></ul><ul><li>The beach. </li></ul><ul><li>The surf. </li></ul><ul><li>Folks in the Northeast go to the shore. </li></ul><ul><li>Down South folks go to the beach. </li></ul><ul><li>You are out of it, probably from California. </li></ul>
  22. 22. What is your regular word for the thing you push around the supermarket? <ul><li>A buggy. </li></ul><ul><li>A cart. </li></ul><ul><li>A basket. </li></ul><ul><li>More buggies are pushed around down South. </li></ul><ul><li>Used everywhere but a bit less in the South. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the most general term heard pretty much everywhere. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Which phrase sounds more natural to you? <ul><li>Very big. </li></ul><ul><li>Mighty big. </li></ul><ul><li>Wicked big. </li></ul><ul><li>Awfully big. </li></ul><ul><li>Used generally across the US except in the South. </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred by Southerners </li></ul><ul><li>Only in New England! </li></ul><ul><li>More prevalent down South </li></ul>
  24. 24. How would you indicate something far in the distance? <ul><li>Way over there. </li></ul><ul><li>Over yonder. </li></ul><ul><li>This pronoun is used all over but less so down South. </li></ul><ul><li>This pronoun is used exclusively down South. </li></ul>
  25. 25. How would you indicate that you are about to leave? <ul><li>I'm getting ready to go. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm fixing to go. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a general expression used everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to be from the South to say this. </li></ul>
  26. 26. How do you pronounce &quot;syrup&quot;? <ul><li>si -rup </li></ul><ul><li>Surp or surrup </li></ul><ul><li>si -rip </li></ul><ul><li>Up north to the East and West. </li></ul><ul><li>Only in the Land of Cotton. </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest to the Pacific. </li></ul>
  27. 27. What do you pack for travel? <ul><li>A suitcase. </li></ul><ul><li>A bag. </li></ul><ul><li>A valise. </li></ul><ul><li>My spouse packs for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Probably Southern. </li></ul><ul><li>Surely Northern--bags are something else down South </li></ul><ul><li>A rare word anywhere in the US but expecially in the South. </li></ul><ul><li>Mine does, too. </li></ul>
  28. 28. How do you or the folks where you live pronounce &quot;water&quot;? <ul><li>ward-er </li></ul><ul><li>watter </li></ul><ul><li>wattuh </li></ul><ul><li>waw-duh </li></ul><ul><li>Rural and small town South. </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest to the Pacific. </li></ul><ul><li>Up north, especially around New Yawk and New Joisey. </li></ul><ul><li>The upper class in Southern cities tend to pronounce it this way. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Do you generally . . . <ul><li>mow the lawn? </li></ul><ul><li>cut the grass? </li></ul><ul><li>mow the grass? </li></ul><ul><li>North and West </li></ul><ul><li>Good old Southern straight forwardness. </li></ul><ul><li>North and South with a slight bias toward the South. </li></ul>

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