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Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:50 am

We have had such a great response to our Rebel-Yankee test that we thought a shop in the Agora to discuss it and other issues related to the accents and dialects of US English might be appreciated.
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Postby Stargzer » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:03 am

Guess I'll have to dig out my copy of Bawlamer so I can post a few translations . . .
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yankee / rebel test

Postby Rhonda » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:22 pm

I took your yankee / rebel test. that was hilarious. I got 95% Is General Lee your grandfather. I guess I always knew us southerner's had our own language. But aint it cool :wink:
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Postby tcward » Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:38 pm

When I got to the last question -- "What's that bug that rolls into a ball when you touch it?" -- I couldn't help but laugh. My wife and I had a funny "Friends" type of moment a long time ago (maybe even before we were married), when she was talking about those bugs and we got side-tracked into a discussion of what they were actually called...

I grew up calling them armadillo bugs, because I had never heard anyone else say what they were called before. (She called them roly-polies.)

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Postby mamawsandy » Fri Dec 23, 2005 12:25 pm

Well, I got 68%. Now if that aint the cow's tail! I am Dixie- just under the Mason-Dixon Line. And that's where I am - SE Tennessee, very near the GA border.
Rhonda. let's give em the ol southern dialect big time.mamawsandy :D
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Postby mariaviv » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:36 pm

I took your rebel-yankee test. I enjoyed it but found I'm 31% yankee. I've lived in NY all my life, I always thought I was 100% yankee and proud of it. Damn Yankees!!
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Jan 06, 2006 1:38 am

mariaviv wrote:I took your rebel-yankee test. I enjoyed it but found I'm 31% yankee. I've lived in NY all my life, I always thought I was 100% yankee and proud of it. Damn Yankees!!


Welcome, Mariaviv. You must be from Southern New York. ;)
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Now y'al don't quit on this now.

Postby mamawsandy » Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:34 am

Hey GRITS and GUYS, let's not give up on the southern dialect. I just love it. I use it a lot when writing.
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Postby ampersandranch » Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:48 pm

Hmmm... not only am I third-generation NYC-metro area, but reading the actual responses to my questions puts me pretty strongly in Northern or Entire US - yet my score was only a 41%. Curiouser and curiouser!
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Postby meanjoybug5 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:19 am

I scored a 99% Dixie. Which only goes to prove what I've been saying for years---I'm country as dirt. My accent does get thicker when I go home to Arkansas. Here in South East Middle Tennessee my accent fits in very well. I guess I've found new homefolks. Yes, I listen to the Opry every chance I get and own a tractor. Hope ya'll havin a right-nice day!
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Postby Fla_Kim » Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:09 am

I reckon ol' Robert's genes must be rampant in the south!
Ol' boy musta been plum tuckered out by the looks of how many here had him for a granddaddy.

Allow me to introduce myself;
I'm a Fla. cracker living in the UK.
A state-side friend sent me the Rebel/Yankie test and here I am!
Must confess it's good to read familar words. None of the whilst and nowt I've grown used to hearing since I moved.

Now I know that many don't figure Fla. to be southern, particularly southern Fla. But let me tell ya'll, when I was a youngun, it was! Didn't hear any other sort of speaking 'til the 70's! 'xcept of course on the teevee and movies.

I have one question for the administrators tho....why is
colour spelled the British way on this board?? lol, I'm used to it, but don't know as the rest of ya'll are.
Inquirin' minds, don't cha know?
Anyhoo, just wanted to say hey and thanks for a flavor/flavour of home.
A southern accent does not equate to stupidity :P
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yankee-rebel test

Postby msvad » Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:57 am

I scored 84% dixie, do I still use confedate money.

I have been in the south all my life. I am half yankee cajun and other half hillbilly. I was born country, I still am country, and will be country till the day I die. Y'll have a nice day.
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Postby Bailey » Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:59 pm

Fla_Kim, all is forgiven, come home, please we miss you, :)

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Postby Fla_Kim » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:02 am

Bailey wrote:Fla_Kim, all is forgiven, come home, please we miss you, :)

mark


umm... Thank you Mark, tho I'm unsure what needs forgivin' :?:
I am coming home!! Soon! yay!
I've told my mama I've got a powerful hankerin for fried chicken, some greens, rice and tomatas and her biscuits!
Then there's that deep south BBQ. mm mm good!
But nuff of food, thanks for the post Mark, please to know you!

kim- crossing the pond soon

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their own brand of wine.
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of Wal-Mart brand into their shopping carts, but "there is a market for cheap wine,"
said Kathy Micken, director of marketing. She continued, "But the right
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9. White Trashfindel
8. Big Red Gulp
7. World Championship Riesling
6. NASCARbernet
5. Chef Boyardeaux
4. Peanut Noir
3. I Can't Believe It's Not Vinegar!
2. Grape Expectations
And the number 1 name for Wal-Mart Wine...
1. Nasti Spumante

The beauty of Wal-Mart wine is that it can be served with either white meat (Possum), or red meat (Squirrel).
A southern accent does not equate to stupidity :P
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Postby Perry » Sat Apr 01, 2006 3:24 pm

#4 could be problematic. Folks will want to know if it's from boiled peanuts.

#7 is a keeper!
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