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I Beg to Differ

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I Beg to Differ

Postby Red Angel » Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:37 pm

I think this test focuses too much on a few specific vocabulary words - and very little on gramatical differences between the way people talk in the North and the South. As a result, someone who acquired zir basic speech from the North, but has learned many specific vocabulary words from the South would register as "dixie".

Of course -- it may be unrealistic to expect more from a multiple-choice Internet test -- but that only means that a multiple-choice Internet test can't really tell whether someone is from the North or the South.
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Re: I Beg to Differ

Postby sluggo » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:32 pm

Red Angel wrote:I think this test focuses too much on a few specific vocabulary words - and very little on gramatical differences between the way people talk in the North and the South. As a result, someone who acquired zir basic speech from the North, but has learned many specific vocabulary words from the South would register as "dixie".

Of course -- it may be unrealistic to expect more from a multiple-choice Internet test -- but that only means that a multiple-choice Internet test can't really tell whether someone is from the North or the South.


Point well taken, Red. I am one such half-breed and registered 50% Dixie, but still found inadequacies already noted elsewhere. Then again, such a test being shipped around the e-ther* does serve as an entry door to this wonderful list for many of us if my experience is typical.

And a belated welcome a-board!

*NB in retrospect maybe that term should be e-ether? Wadi y'all think? I'm just making it up.
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Postby skinem » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:58 pm

Exactly, Sluggo! It's how I found this site.
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