Friday, December 27, 2013
This questionnaire from the NYT is fun. I have what I'm told is a strong southern Ontario accent, and I've picked up some things from living in the U.S. midwest. The questionnaire tells me that I have nothing in common, in terms of dialect, with most of those east of the Mississipi and south of Ohio, most of the eastern seaboard, and Texas. I have most in common with people in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Buffalo NY. Everyone knows that Minnesotans sound a lot like Canadians (and behave the same too), and I grew up 90 miles from Buffalo, as the crow flies. That's pretty accurate. If they had questions about out and about, they would have done even better.