Alex (yakshaver) wrote,

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Picking at a quiz

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English

15% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Dixie

0% Midwestern

I know the kinds of quizzes people post in the Live Journals aren't supposed to be taken seriously. But this one annoys me. Partly because twenty questions is just not enough to gague this sort of thing, and partly because for several of the questions, the answer I wanted to give wasn't an option.

For instance,

6. You drink from
—A water fountain
—A drinking fountain
How about "either"? Or the third option I'm equally likely to use, "water cooler"?
9. What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle and you have to get off at a certain point?
—Something else like a circle, traffic circle, or roundabout
It depends — if I'm in England, I say "roundabout"; if I'm in New England, I say "rotary", and if I'm anywhere else, I say "traffic circle".
10. What do you call an easy class?
—A crip course
—A gut
—A blow off
Um, I call it "an easy class".
19. "Route" rhymes with...
Depends on context: when I'm driving on route 128, it rhymes with "boot"; when I'm tracing the route packets are taking, it rhymes with "out". I'm pretty sure everybody who uses "route" in the latter context pronounces it that way in that context. "Somebody rooted their router" would sound pretty strange with the other pronounciation.

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