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On Jul 5, 2014, Theodore Lawton wrote:
I moved too much in my life. I'm a dialect mutt. My test didn't really come close.

I suspect that if you lived in a number of different places and you pick and choose which regions to base your answers on, the test won't be very accurate.
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Just redid the quiz after reconsidering a couple of answers (E.G. I pronounce caramel two different ways). I came out as Seattle-Tacoma-somewhere, which makes a bit more geographical sense for a guy who grew up in Calgary.

It does make me suspect that the test is a bit too sensitive.
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I believe the test was specifically designed for determining location by dialect in the United States.
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Indeed it was, Bob. That adds interest for neighbours. How are we similar and how are we different? Its good fun to be a (nearby) outsider.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
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Indeed it was, Bob. That adds interest for neighbours. How are we similar and how are we different? Its good fun to be a (nearby) outsider.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I guess they could have identified Canadians simply by asking how you pronounce "about." Smile
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Or asked respondents to identify this:

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The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I remember many MANY years ago a school newspaper had a similar test where they showed objects and asked readers to identify them. I can't remember all of them, but one was what I would consider a "frying pan," and that name did top the list, but there was also "skillet" and "spider."
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I was in the States last Christmas, and everyone in my family too the quiz, and it was surprisingly accurate. I think it would be even more so if it would include more pronunciation. It guessed me as coming from the south--undoubtedly due to my Texan parents--but I do not have a southern accent whatsoever.
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