UK Dialect Quiz
Posted: 09 January 2014 06:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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UK Dialect Quiz

Puts me as “Spectacularly South-East”

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Posted: 09 January 2014 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Me too. Though like most joke quizzes it’s not remotely accurate; ‘Spectacularly Middle Class’ is probably closer to the mark, certainly with questions like ‘what do you call your evening meal?’

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Posted: 09 January 2014 11:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes, I get Spectacularly South-East too. I agree with Syntinen, some of those questions are Spectacularly Ill-Chosen.

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Posted: 09 January 2014 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I also got Spectacularly South-East, despite being a North-East Leftpondian.

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Posted: 09 January 2014 06:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Also spectacularly south-east.

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Posted: 10 January 2014 04:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The US quiz accurately said I was from Chicago.  This one says I’m ... anyone surprised? ... Spectacularly South-East

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Posted: 10 January 2014 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I redid the quiz using some terms I knew from my Scottish friends and it put me in the north, so it’s not putting *everyone* in the southeast, but it is pretty silly compared to the US version. Eh, it’s about what I’d expect from Buzzfeed.

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Posted: 10 January 2014 07:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Taking it with the seriousness it deserved—i.e., choosing the silliest-sounding answer for each, preferably one I’d never heard of (how could I resist “Gurt lush”?)—I got Wonderfully West Country.

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Posted: 10 January 2014 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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"You got: Spectacularly South-East.”

I’m an Australian, so this doesn’t surprise me.

Come to think of it, Australia is “spectacularly south-east” of England, more or less.

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Posted: 11 January 2014 05:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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but it is pretty silly compared to the US version.

I’d say they’re both about equally frothweight......  Both quizzes are designed for particular populations, US and UK respectively. If you feed in irrelevant data, of course you’ll get meaningless results.

Let’s see how the quizzes respond to a mongrel --- born and brought up largely in non-English speaking countries, by parents each with a different native language (one of them, Merseyside English) --- who has spent the last several decades of his life in a country whose native language is a far cry from English:

1) I did the US quiz twice, at an interval of about 10 days. The first time it placed me in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the second time in Montgomery, ALA, and Raleigh, NC. 

2) The US quiz did, at least, let me answer “I have no word for….”. The UK quiz allowed me this reply only once, and for the rest, insisted I answer with one of the options it offered. It placed me (hold your breaths!) “Spectacularly South-East”.

GI --- GO.

Note: from now on, I’ll be thinking of languagehat as “the valiant Cornishman”, or alternatively (allowing a degree or two of latitude), as A Shropshire Lad.

;-)

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