Wednesday, April 27, 2005

What Kind of American English do You Speak?

I don't usually do these things, but I though this one was interesting: What Kind of American English do you speak?

I think most Americans who grew up in the West probably would have this kind of mixture. It's such a conglomeration of different types of speech, and really has the hallmarks of none of them. I thought it was funny that I have 0% Midwestern, because that is where I live now, but I don't feel like I really stand out. One of the speech patterns around here that I notice though is that when people say "wash" it sounds like "warsh", which is really odd.

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

15% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Dixie

0% Midwestern


Kristie (J) said...

I'm from Canada and our English is still British English. For example "colour" rather than "color" and "neighbour" rather than "neighbor". The problem with me lies in the fact that when I'm typing something in Word beforehand to post (I've learned from bitter experience to do this - I've lost more wonderful thoughts than you can imagine), Word is set up to "American" English and I constantly get the red marks under words it thinks are spelling errors. And I have no idea how to go in and change it to Canadian English.

Beverly said...

I think when you use spell checker in Word it gives you an option to Add new words. Could you do that with those words?

I don't spell color and honor, etc. with the u but I kind of like it when I see it. I prefer grey over gray as well, but I don't know if it's an American/British issue?