Friday, April 15, 2005

self-hating yankee

i love this test. fifteen years of working with people from all around the country makes you accutely aware of accents. i now know the difference between a dallas southern accent and a memphis southern accent. i savor the complex regional hybrids from new orleans and baltimore like an exquisite, hand-crafted delicacy. i love being able to out ohioans! living here my entire life, i can usually detect, with reasonable accuracy, what part of the chicagoland area someone is from by they way they speak. my poor little sister [always firmly ensconced in the northside] is the source of my good natured ribbing for her northwest suburban vowel-swapping.

i've got cousins from southern suburbs [peeeloos eand oorlin' peark] and southern north america ["y'all say watermelon funny: wahh-tur-MOH-LOHN..."]. as little kids, we cracked each other up with how differently we pronounced the same words.

when i was a tween, i aspired to do some print modeling and commercial work. i had this acting coach in wrigleyville i'd visit once a week. i distinctly recall her reminding me to slow down and repronounce words to stifle the north shore mushmouthedness that raised its ugly head while practicing chips ahoy! cookie commercials.

the very first year i competed in the miss drill team usa pageant, it was pounded into me again that accents aren't good. the winners were the girls with the syrupy drawls from sugarlands, texas: to my amazement, they all performed the speech portion of the contest with regionally-neutral, robotic cadence. i'm pleased to report i placed third in the nation my senior year; my forensic exercise crafted by my mom is forever etched into my brain. practicing the word "prevent" over and over really pissed me off.

in my continuing quest to sound unplaceable, this test proves i still have a long way to go. maybe that's good. i need to embrace my inner yankee-ness, though part of me is silently rejoicing over the "0% dixie".



Your Linguistic Profile:



70% General American English

15% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern

0% Dixie


5 comments:

Di said...

Gee, I'm not a Dixie or a Yankee!

Your Linguistic Profile:
80% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Yankee

p said...

what i wish is that they provided a distinction between all the categories. i mean, what's the difference between yankee and midwestern? is yankee more northeastern?

Casey said...

I don't get it:

65% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Jamie said...

when i think of yankee, i generally conjure up images of boston, new york, and all the little states. so maybe those accents comprise "yankee."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quiz. It was fun to take.
65% General American English
25% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
0% Dixis
10% Yankee

Now all I want to know is what questions put Casey over the edge and gave him 10% Dixie? Ya'll?
L.