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Meme Time! Dixie bred, if not born

Thanks to kitiara for turning me on to this meme.

According to the online 'Yankee or Dixie' quiz, I'm between 76% (That's a pretty strong Southern score!) and 94% (Is General Lee your father?) Dixie, depending on how I answered. I got the 94% when I chose an answer that showed no geographical bias for several of the questions, which was the most accurate answer for me. When I forced myself to choose an answer that showed a geographical bias yet didn't feel like a "wrong" answer to me, I was able to push the score down to as low as 76%.

I've always considered myself a Southerner, even though I spent most of my "growing up" years living just outside of Washington, DC -- definately not a Southern culture. My family hails from Eastern North Carolina, though, and I spent a lot of time visiting relatives there while I was growing up, so that probably was influencial. My parents are Southerners, so even though I was raised in the DC area, I was raised in a Southern home. I'd really be interested in seeing how my brother ccohoon scores on this quiz, since he stayed in the DC area for college and never moved to North Carolina like I did.

FWIW, I was born in Alaska, moved to New Orleans when I was three, moved to the DC area when I was five, and moved to North Carolina to go to college when I was eighteen. I've lived in North Carolina ever since.


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Feb. 20th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
... I'm 45% into the Yankee category.

I think it's the midwest/western influence. ^_^
Feb. 20th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
My result:

70% (Dixie). That is a pretty strong Southern score!

One thing I notice -- more and more people in NYC are using "y'all". I think it may be a hip-hop influence, but I don't know.
Feb. 20th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
Neat test
I got: 57% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.

I've lived all my memorable life (for me) right outside DC. My opinion is the south is great to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I think the reason my score was near the middle is because I grew up in the quasi-north, but all my family is in or from the south.
Feb. 20th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)

My score: 48% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.

Must be because of the midwest influence in my life over the last 8 years.
Feb. 20th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Now, here's a wacky
I got: 53% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.

Which is funny, because Bowie, MD is as far south as I've lived. I lived in NYC for 11 years, NJ for 3, MD for 3, Upstate NY for 4, Madison, WI for 2 years, Northern CA for 5 years, and now I've been back in MD for 2 years.

I've only got 5 years of my life south of the Mason-Dixon line, but according to this test, my speech patterns slightly favor the South.

Go figure.
Feb. 20th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Now, here's a wacky
I scored between 48 and 56, which is barely yankee on one side and barely dixie on the other, depending on which answers I changed to reflect that the single choices per question were too limiting.

Given that I grew up entirely in the NE suburbs of Philly in one house, and then moved to DC for college and stayed, I find this amusing.

Of course, many people have mentioned that I don't have an accent.

I have a funny story about this: Jo and I were in Philly at a SF Literature Con (Philcon) that incongrously had Robert Picardo (The Doctor on ST:Voyager) as a speaker. He's originally from Philly too. I don't remember if I knew this at the time. It becomes important in a sec. We noticed that his normal speaking voice had a different quality than the voice he used on set for The Doctor. I got the chance later to ask him privately about this and we started talking about speech and accents and such. After mentioning that he took some speech lessons as an actor to cover his Philly accent, I mentioned that I was from Philly as well. He asked me to say the word "water." Many people from the Philly region say "wood-er". I say "Waw-ter" Bob immediately asked what prep school I attended. I didn't; I just went to really good public school.

As near as I can tell, it's a word choice thing rather than an accent thing for me. They're Hoagies and Cheesesteaks.
Feb. 20th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Now, here's a wacky
Yeah, I usually don't have a New York accent (and I don't think I've ever uttered a serious "youse" in my life). But every so often, it slips out and I'll use an "aw" for an "a" sound in a word. The wife always cracks up when it does.

The funniest one on that list for me was "bubbler" for "water fountain". My Rhode Island-born and bred roommate in college would say that all the time, and I'd laugh at him. Then he called me a silly yid and I called him a goy bastard. Good times.
Feb. 20th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Now, here's a wacky
I had forgotten all about woot-er, and can't bring myself to call them anything other than hoagies and cheesesteaks. I grew up in Morrisville PA, heavily influenced by the Philly region. I remember that there is a particular accent from NE Philly, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It fades by the time you get much north of Street Road.

I also was fascinated by the various NJ and NY accents. Somehow, an "R" sound finds its way to the end of data, and I won't even attempt to spell the way they pronounce drawers. You can even tell which Borough someone comes from by their accent, and what region of Jersey.

I'll bet nobody else here can pronounce Schuylkill.
Feb. 20th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Now, here's a wacky
I'll bet nobody else here can pronounce Schuylkill.

When I drive, it becomes the Sure-Kill Expresseay. :)
Feb. 20th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
I am "100% (Dixie). Is General Lee your father?". My older sister, born in Michigan, is 97% Southern. Other than that difference, up until '97, neither of us had lived any appreciable time outside the Carolinas. I'm wondering where that 3% difference came from.
Feb. 20th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
38% (Yankee). A definitive Yankee.

Yup. I'm definitely a transplant to the south. Born of two midwesterners from the Great Lakes region, I grew up mostly in the PA/NJ area, and lived for several years in Ohio. Moved to Florida (definitely not the South) for a few more years. Then on to North Carolina.
Feb. 22nd, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
Wash D.C. , Md. Is the south we are below the Mason Dixon Line ! We are SOUTHERNER"S....we may not have that deep, hard, TWANG which may be real or fake BUT we do have a southern accent compared to N.Y and Maine and other states up north.
Feb. 22nd, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Maryland may be below the Mason Dixon line, but it's not in the South. As a cultural issue, it's more accurate to look at which side of the War of Northern Aggression a state fought on, e.g. -- Maryland was definitely with the Yankees. Much of Northern Virginia is heavily influenced by Yankee culture to this day. The South stops in about Richmond.
Feb. 23rd, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
I have lived all my life in North Carolina, and all that I can come up with for being a Southerner is a lousy 59%.
Feb. 23rd, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Yank! ;)
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