We say a lot of dumb things…

This is interesting – I took a grammar/usage test that I saw over on Maya’s blog, and I noticed as I went through it that there were several things that I say differently after 20 years out West, vs. when I was a kid growin’ up in Iowa, towit:

Kid in Iowa:

Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
10% Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Yankee

Now:

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern

I should also mention that there were some questions in this test that didn’t have an accurate answer for me, like I tend to say “Gym shoes” now vs. the “Tennis Shoes” that I grew up with or the “Sneakers” that they provided as the only other option.

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