Rollie Pollie or Potato Bug?

In December, the New York Times published this test to evaluate where you are from based on word use and pronunciations.

In taking the test, I hoped that I had not lost my Southern roots--as I have lived in the Northeast now for more than a decade.

The results were painless.

Good to know that I am still a "country bumpkin."

My three match cities are: Little Rock, AR, Montgomery, AL, and Richmond, VA.

Unfortunately, my Mississippi & Arkansas good-humored relatives will still call me "Yankee" even if I do show them these results.

You can take the test, by clicking here.

Can people tell where you are from by the way you speak?

If you took the test, was it accurate?
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Enjoy your weekend.

21 comments:

ladyfi said...

Hurray for still sounding like your roots.

Anonymous said...

Being from Texas, my use of y'all is a dead give-away. It identified me easily.

Momma Fargo said...

No one knows where I am from by my speak. I have neutral speak. Add in the cop slang and then I sound like I come from a foreign country. LOL

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This test was way off for me. It had my 3 cities as Montgomery Alabama, Oklahoma City, and Lexington KY. I have never lived in (or even close) to any of those cities. I consider myself from Northern Virginia, since I spent my high school years there. And then there was the 6 year stint in Texas.

Pat Hatt said...

Well since it is american only it gave me NY areas, that is close though.

messymimi said...

Sometimes i can tell with people, but often i can't unless the accent is strong. It's not my forte.

The quiz pinned me down to being from right where i am -- south Louisiana.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

hah, glad you are still true to your roots!! I should have my British Brother In Law take it and see what they make of him.

I took it and it had the NW/West properly highlighted! It said my 3 areas were Oakland, San Jose and Fremont... who knew! Fun. Thank you.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

and PS it's potato bug :)

Bijoux said...

I took the test when it came out and my top three cities were correct on two out of the three. I was impressed!

Mary Kirkland said...

I took the test and it said I was most like Longbeach and Freemont California. Since I grew up in Redondo Beach, California, I would say this is a win!

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh yeah--I've lived in Nashville most of my life and anytime I go anywhere, people know right away I'm southern!

Kay G. said...

Yes! I took that test before, and I forgot where it said I was from, I think I remember it was somewhere from the South though!
Born in Toccoa, Georgia, there are things that we said there that are just NOT said in the Atlanta area!! We said "boot" for the trunk of a car which works out well for me since that is what my English husband says!
YAY. I love it when life works out like that.

Brian Miller said...

ah i am fairly certain it would not take much to tell where i am from...ha...though my southern accent masks well among my northern friends...

BobKat said...

Well that was interesting! I took the test and it correctly placed me in the NY/NE area. As human-beings we are easily identified. Unless one's a fugitive, there is no hiding behind privacy any-longer. If you're a fugitive, you might just as well turn yourself in...

Anyone who wishes to challenge this idea please say so. There are no longer any secrets.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Blessed Memorial Day weekend sweet friend!!! xoxox:)

Secret Agent Woman said...

Not so much for me. Reno, NV, Chandler/Glibert, AZ and Lexington, KY. I've never even been to the first two. I was born in New England, lived as a young child in the San Francisco are and then Mississippi and spent about half my childhood in Georgia. And, living in Switzerland as a teen also shaped my accent. I think most people would have a hard time guessing where I was from based on my speech.

I definitely call them rollie pollies. Except, I'd spell it roly poly.

Hilary said...

Well that test wasn't too fooled by my Canadianisms. It gave me Rochester and Buffalo, New York - a typical day drive from my previous home.

Anonymous said...

It listed Madison and the Twin Cities. Since my parents are from southern Minnesota, the quiz was spot on.


Cheers,
RD

Nykia said...

This hit the nail on the head for me! Guess I am a true Detroiter!

lisa said...

LOL! I've taken this quiz before and definitely have Dixie leanings…although many of my answers plant me in Missouri…which is good, because that's where I live!

terri said...

It was accurate for me. The first city it named was Minneapolis/St. Paul. That's where I'm from!