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(The Atlantic)   The most popular thing ran by The New York Times was A) an article about addictive junk food; B) the election of Pope Francis; C) a dialect quiz   (theatlantic.com) divider line 52
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2014-01-18 04:20:44 PM
Ran? Subby failed the quiz.
 
2014-01-18 04:21:19 PM
That dialect quiz has been all over Facebook for the last 2 weeks.
 
2014-01-18 04:22:18 PM
The Grey Lady has apparently gone bonkers. Ah well....It was bound to happen.
 
2014-01-18 04:22:19 PM

wiredroach: Ran? Subby failed the quiz.


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2014-01-18 04:24:07 PM
I found that quiz to be amazing. Pinpointed my birthplace perfectly. Worked pretty well for most of the people I know as well. Those linguists need a Nobel prize, or something.
 
2014-01-18 04:36:06 PM
Answered all the questions, it said I was from either Springfield, Worcester, or Boston Mass. I was born and raised in Springfield. It think it was the grinder and rotary that sealed it.
 
2014-01-18 04:36:41 PM
 
2014-01-18 04:39:07 PM

Hankie Fest: [thatsthejoke.jpg]


No it's not. Subby had a typo.
 
2014-01-18 04:41:38 PM

ku4a: I found that quiz to be amazing. Pinpointed my birthplace perfectly. Worked pretty well for most of the people I know as well. Those linguists need a Nobel prize, or something.

I got Detroit (yep), Toledo (close enough) and Irving, Texas (nnnnnope)


/I use 'ya'll' and 'pop'.

//look, subby, it's easier than real news

 
2014-01-18 04:43:34 PM
Why is it a fail?
People wanting to learn about both the differences and the similarities between themselves in others is not a worthwhile effort?

What happens if you add up EVERY article about the election of the new Pope, and EVERY article about junk food (Or, in the case of the number two on the list, every article about the Boston Marathon bombing)?

Those are also stories that were well covered by other news organizations, while only the dialect quiz was unique to the NYT.
 
2014-01-18 04:48:45 PM
Holy crap that quiz nailed me down to the actual city.

And it's not a big city.

And I haven't lived in that state for 30 years.
 
2014-01-18 04:54:34 PM
Had some odd results from it... put me at either Newark NJ, or two southern CA towns I wasn't too familiar with.  The NJ was pretty close (Northern DE with heavy influence from North-East PA), but the two CA cities were odd (only been to CA for two week-long trips in the past few years, and have no family there).  Did spend a few years in TX for work though, and perhaps I picked a few thinks up in my time there that skewed it,
 
2014-01-18 04:56:30 PM

wiredroach: Ran? Subby failed the quiz.


This.
 
2014-01-18 05:07:48 PM
Born and raised in NYC, but got Yonkers and Newark. I guess I didn't say "youse". I said "sunshower" and that put me in Miami for some reason.
 
2014-01-18 05:24:19 PM

drumhellar: Why is it a fail?
People wanting to learn about both the differences and the similarities between themselves in others is not a worthwhile effort?

What happens if you add up EVERY article about the election of the new Pope, and EVERY article about junk food (Or, in the case of the number two on the list, every article about the Boston Marathon bombing)?

Those are also stories that were well covered by other news organizations, while only the dialect quiz was unique to the NYT.


Also, the article came out as the holidays approached. Lots of people goofing off at work approaching and during the winter holidays, sending it to family, friends, and colleagues.
 
2014-01-18 05:26:38 PM
People like to know about themselves.
 
2014-01-18 05:36:58 PM
Yeah, my whole family did this on Christmas. I learned that neither of my parents knows what a roly poly is and that we all use different terms for 18-wheeler.
 
2014-01-18 05:44:10 PM
Seattle, Rochester, & Buffalo.  I live in Tacoma. So they had one pretty close.
 
2014-01-18 05:51:02 PM
Subby is one of those people who hates movies that are universally loved and only listens to music by bands that the bands themselves haven't even heard of.
 
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2014-01-18 05:51:08 PM
I got Overland Park and Washington, DC.  I've lived somewhere between Wichita and Kansas City for most of my life, except for a small sojourn in DC in the 90s.
 
2014-01-18 05:52:01 PM

bratface: Seattle, Rochester, & Buffalo.  I live in Tacoma. So they had one pretty close.


I had Portland, Seattle, and some place else I forgot. I pretty much grew up in Spokane (now live in Seattle) so I got a kick.
 
2014-01-18 05:53:16 PM

zerkalo: bratface: Seattle, Rochester, & Buffalo.  I live in Tacoma. So they had one pretty close.

I had Portland, Seattle Spokane, and some place else I forgot. I pretty much grew up in Spokane (now live in Seattle) so I got a kick.


FTFM.
 
2014-01-18 05:53:24 PM
They had me as Newark and Worchester MA, and I am from Atlanta.
 
2014-01-18 05:55:08 PM
It actually nailed both the area of SoCal I grew up in and the fact I've spent time in the Midwest/from a Midwest family
 
2014-01-18 05:56:12 PM

WinoRhino: Hankie Fest: [thatsthejoke.jpg]

No it's not. Subby had a typo.


that was a typo like "intense and purposes" or other examples of literacy fail are typos, i'd wager
 
2014-01-18 06:02:51 PM
Had me at Irving, Arlington,tx or Ft Worth (lives in Austin, born in El Paso)
 
2014-01-18 06:05:59 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: ku4a: I found that quiz to be amazing. Pinpointed my birthplace perfectly. Worked pretty well for most of the people I know as well. Those linguists need a Nobel prize, or something.
I got Detroit (yep), Toledo (close enough) and Irving, Texas (nnnnnope)
/I use 'ya'll' and 'pop'.//look, subby, it's easier than real news


Two things that I think Toledo and Texas have in common is the Polish immigrants if I'm not mistaken.
 
2014-01-18 06:10:20 PM
I grew up with the guy who did this.  Or he was involved in the initial research anyway, the Today Show interviewed him related to the quiz.  Strangely enough the quiz itself said I'm from Florida when in fact I'm from the Boston suburbs by way of Ireland...guess I screwed it up.
 
2014-01-18 06:16:31 PM
It had me pinpointed to an area the size of the Congo.

Uncanny accuracy .
 
2014-01-18 06:22:25 PM
I got Buffalo, Rochester, and Detroit.  I haven't lived in Buffalo for over a decade, but I guess it makes sense.

The least like me were New Orleans and Baton Rouge and somewhere in North Texas which seemed about right.
 
2014-01-18 06:42:20 PM
Modesto, Fresno, and Reno? Close enough.

/Bakersfield
 
2014-01-18 06:50:13 PM

netgamer7k: Modesto, Fresno, and Reno? Close enough.

/Bakersfield


I got Modesto, Fresno and Salt Lake City.

/Portland, OR
 
2014-01-18 06:52:15 PM
It nailed me down to the hospital I was born in.
 
2014-01-18 06:56:03 PM
I got Boston, Worcester, Yonkers.

And that makes a lot of sense: I was born in Manhattan to parents who grew up in Boston and Worcester, grew up in Manhattan, Connecticut and Boston. I guess the "blend" of accents = Yonkers somehow lol.
 
2014-01-18 07:08:36 PM
To all the Debbie Downers in here complaining about the survey..its not a freaking quiz it a survey there is no right answer!!!!

Also people with the different dialects move... more news as 11!!!
 
2014-01-18 07:15:48 PM
eas81:

Also people with the different dialects move...

What was interesting to me was the fact that I moved when I was six years old to a location 2000 miles away. Yet the map picked out the place where I was born within 100 miles.

/I still call it a lightening bug!
 
2014-01-18 07:28:29 PM
It got a close but no cigar for me. It is in the general right part of the country but my city was not one of the ones it guessed nor would it be in a triangle of the 3 it guessed, but all of them was withing a couple hundred miles.
 
2014-01-18 07:28:33 PM
I took the quiz and I lived in 12 states growing up.I moved all over the country and Europe yet the quiz picked the very town, Greensboro NC where I went to third grade. Not bad really.
 
2014-01-18 07:40:09 PM
Ok, that was spooky.  I grew up in Jacksonville, and have lived in NYC for 14 years.  It nailed me for both cities.
 
2014-01-18 07:54:14 PM

ku4a: I found that quiz to be amazing. Pinpointed my birthplace perfectly. Worked pretty well for most of the people I know as well. Those linguists need a Nobel prize, or something.


Same here and even though I live in the same city I was born in, people often ask me where I'm from.

I think the think is that I answered some questions situationally; a call a coldcut sandwich on a long roll a "hoagie" because that's the term for it here, but I wouldn't attempt to order a "hoagie" anywhere else in the country; they're subs or grinders most places.
 
2014-01-18 08:28:32 PM
Took the quiz, it pinpointed two places I could be from. Mesa/Tempe, AZ and SLC, UT. I'm from Mesa, live in Tempe, and no shiat Sherlock every mormon from here moves to SLC for some period of time in their life.
 
2014-01-18 08:57:34 PM

yakmans_dad: Uncanny accuracy .


Closest city for me was 700 miles off.

Terrible accuracy.
 
2014-01-18 09:10:25 PM

Oldiron_79: It got a close but no cigar for me. It is in the general right part of the country but my city was not one of the ones it guessed nor would it be in a triangle of the 3 it guessed, but all of them was withing a couple hundred miles.


It guessed Chattanooga, Winston-Salem, and Augusta for me. CORRECT ANSWER Knoxville.
 
2014-01-18 09:43:43 PM
My first attempt placed me in Colorado Springs. I've changed the way I talk since the mid-70s, so I did it again, as I would have answered before I moved to Montana. Sure enough: Oklahoma City, where I was born, Amarillo, where my dad was born, and Wichita, where my grandmother lived.

Not bad at all.

/so glad we got out of Oklahoma. What a shiathole.
 
2014-01-18 10:27:19 PM
It said that I'm from Reno, when I'm from Orange County, California. That is a long way off. However, it's going to be much less accurate on the West Coast than the Midwest or East Coast. This is because of the migration patterns of people into the West--we spread into a large area from a small area, in a time of more mobility.
 
2014-01-18 10:32:51 PM

Oldiron_79: Oldiron_79: It got a close but no cigar for me. It is in the general right part of the country but my city was not one of the ones it guessed nor would it be in a triangle of the 3 it guessed, but all of them was withing a couple hundred miles.

It guessed Chattanooga, Winston-Salem, and Augusta for me. CORRECT ANSWER Knoxville.


I tried it again and answered how my grandpa would speak instead of how Id speak and got Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Winston-Salem.

Grandpa calling lunch dinner would be the main difference, but IMHO that is not especially prevalent here at least not on anyone under about 90.
 
2014-01-18 11:13:20 PM

ku4a: I found that quiz to be amazing. Pinpointed my birthplace perfectly. Worked pretty well for most of the people I know as well. Those linguists need a Nobel prize, or something.


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I was born in Jersey City.  The quiz results were Jersey City/Yonkers/New York City.  Scared the fark out of me.
 
2014-01-18 11:25:03 PM
I'm a military brat, so it wasn't even close on me. I've picked up pieces of dialect from all over the country. Not really their fault.
 
2014-01-19 12:22:53 AM
My whole family took the quiz over our Christmas vacation, and we learned that my dad uses the phrase "the devil is beating his wife"... I'm so glad he didn't pass that on to me.
 
2014-01-19 02:05:43 AM

umad: yakmans_dad: Uncanny accuracy .

Closest city for me was 700 miles off.

Terrible accuracy.


That just means everyone you know thinks you talk funny.

It pegged me to Detroit and I grew up in Flint, so kudos to it, I guess.
 
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