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Take this quiz and see how close it gets to coming up with your hometown. It's only for US cities.
It was spot on for me.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/......008&_r=0
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It got mine exactly right. Paterson, Newark, New Jersey area.
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New York City was accurate here.
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It gave Reno, Salt Lake City, and Stockton, Ca as possibles.

I was raised in the first and lived in both of the others in later years.
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I've; seen this before and it is pretty accurate. Smile
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Yes- it is very accurate. Pretty good for some ivory tower academics from Harvard who devised the test. Smile
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On Jul 4, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
It got mine exactly right. Paterson, Newark, New Jersey area.

Same for me.

Except for the word "right".
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What's interesting is that it doesn't ask the same set of questions each time--it branches depending on your previous answers.
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I'd say accurate for me (Providence/Springfield/Boston vicinity).

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It gave me "New England" but not the specific area.

Probably my fault as one of the questions was; "What do you call a long sandwich?"

I personally have always called them "heros" which is how I answered, but I know in Rhode Island, they're called "grinders" for some reason. (What we would consider a "milk shake" is called a "cabinet" here.)
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I think if you live in a major metropolitan area it's going to come up with that city, Chicago, NY or in my case Detroit. Rather then the exact suburb.
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Took the quiz from western Canada--due north of Montana. Interestingly it showed me as most similar to northern New York stat, and most dissimilar to the western half of the USA. I wonder if I'm seeing the effect of strong national Canadian media, which happens to be centralized in southern Ontario.
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I took it too although I live in Canada. I thought perhaps Seattle would come up as I'm only a few hours away. Most Americans ask me if I have a British Background for some reason when they hear me speak. Anyhow, my three cities came up with Omaha, Des Moines and Detroit. Apparently people in that area use the word "pop" for soft drinks as Canadians do.
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Worked for me with Providence/Worcester/Boston vicinity. I lived in Rhode Island more than half my adult life (so far). I think the word "bubbler" was my give away.
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On Jul 5, 2014, Chrystal wrote:
I took it too although I live in Canada. I thought perhaps Seattle would come up as I'm only a few hours away. Most Americans ask me if I have a British Background for some reason when they hear me speak. Anyhow, my three cities came up with Omaha, Des Moines and Detroit. Apparently people in that area use the word "pop" for soft drinks as Canadians do.
Yes, we say pop in the Detroit area.
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New York CIty, and they nailed it.
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I'm taking the quiz for fun. I have to LOL at some of the questions.

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What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

- sunshower
- the wolf is giving birth
- the devil is beating his wife
- monkey's wedding
- fox's wedding
- pineapple rain
- liquid sun

I normally would say sunshower, but I might start using the wolf or devil expressions in conversation if I can only remember them.

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I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it shows my dialect as being closest to those in Lincoln, Rockford, and Grand Rapids.
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I moved too much in my life. I'm a dialect mutt. My test didn't really come close.
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On Jul 5, 2014, slowkneenuh wrote:
Worked for me with Providence/Worcester/Boston vicinity. I lived in Rhode Island more than half my adult life (so far). I think the word "bubbler" was my give away.


Yeah, I answered "water fountain" because that's what I've always called them.

It doesn't help that, as a navy brat, I moved from RI very young and spent time in VA and CA before moving back to RI in '67 and moving back again in '84. I never got into the vernaculars.
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For me, that site came up with a region from Boston to Maine, but the center of the region was in Southern New Hampshire, and the color was darkest there. That is where I live. I'm impressed.
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