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Old 12-22-2013, 08:00 PM   #21
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Very accurate for both me and my wife, even though I haven't lived where I grew up for over 20 years.
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I have to add - the 'water fountain - drinking fountain' question made me laugh. We used to say that only people from Cudahy ( a suburb of Milwaukee) called it a 'bubbler'. I wonder how focused that question is? And IIRC, people from that area say the houses are 'side by each', instead of next to each other.

I never heard of a 'garage sale' being called anything other than that or a 'rummage sale' until DW watched Martha Stewart calling them 'tag sales'. That sounds odd to my ears.

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Old 12-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #23
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It pegged me as being a primarily a west coast person, (I lived in southern Indiana for a few years) but I am not an Arizona, or Utah guy.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:31 PM   #24
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I am not a native English speaker though I have lived in LA, California for 25 years after my adulthood. I took this quiz just to see if it can identify where I picked up my English, and it does.

It put me right around Santa Ana and Oceanside, California. I think the most unique word from the list that I use is 'freeway'. According to the graph, this word is only used in southern California, and part of Arizona. Quite amazing!
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Wow. Surprisingly accurate. Nailed me down to the Chicago area where I've lived my entire life.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #26
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... I think the most unique word from the list that I use is 'freeway'. According to the graph, this word is only used in southern California, and part of Arizona. Quite amazing!
Yes, in IL we have 'highways', 'expressways' and 'toll ways'. It seems to me only Californians called them 'freeways'.

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Old 12-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #27
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Yes, in IL we have 'highways', 'expressways' and 'toll ways'. It seems to me only Californians called them 'freeways'.

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Here, they only call it "The Interstate". I get resoundingly corrected if/when I call it the freeway. I lived for six years in Northern California, and six years in Southern California, so I guess I picked up "freeway" there.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #28
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Here, they only call it "The Interstate". I get resoundingly corrected if/when I call it the freeway. I lived for six years in Northern California, and six years in Southern California, so I guess I picked up "freeway" there.
Ah, we have 'Interstates' here also, just nothing that we call 'freeways'.

And that age-old question - Why do they have "Interstate Highways" in Hawaii?

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Yes, in IL we have 'highways', 'expressways' and 'toll ways'. It seems to me only Californians called them 'freeways'. -ERD50
Yep - and in Illinois, we call interstate 55 as "55" or "I 55". But in Phoenix it's "the 17" or "the 101". Arizonans say "the" before route number.
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It seems to me only Californians called them 'freeways'.
Texans, too, but I wasn't asked that question. Did the map show some red over our way?

The most geographically specific answer I saw was for the road parallel to a highway. If you call it a feeder road, you're from Houston.
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They nailed the city I grew up in, and I haven't lived in that area for 45 years. Pretty sure the word "rotary" was the clincher.
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Texans, too, but I wasn't asked that question. Did the map show some red over our way?

The most geographically specific answer I saw was for the road parallel to a highway. If you call it a feeder road, you're from Houston.
That one was interesting - all the terms seemed familiar to me, but 'frontage road' just seems the most common term here.

And to Ronstar - yes, 55, 57 , 80, or I -57, I-55, I 80.

Quirky fun stuff.

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I filled it out 3 times, in Chrome and IE. Never got a map. Argh.
I filled it out twice and never got the final map (IE9). Strange, but when I took it the second time, I saw some questions I did not see the first time, so I am not sure I saw all 25 questions either time. Still can't view the final map.
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I'm running the Chromium version of Chrome browser on Xubuntu/Linux, which puts me in a small minority, and it worked fine for me.

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The map took quite a while to load for me in Firefox, maybe more than a minute. Be patient.
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Amazing, they nailed North Dakota.
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The map took quite a while to load for me in Firefox, maybe more than a minute. Be patient.
Patient? It has been more than 20 minutes and it still hangs. This map thing doesn't work.
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Mine didn't do well. I suppose I spend too much time networking with individuals from distant areas, so my speech is inconsistent with any single area. My map said I'm not from New England, the deep South or the middle north of the country. Any place else was fair game. It said I was more likely from northern California or North Western Nevada than where I actually originated and have lived my entire life (Southwest Ohio).
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I've taken the test 5 times, and gotten the map twice. The first time it nailed the city I lived in for the past 30 years and DW is native of (Arlington VA), as well as Durham and Winston-Salem NC, which is pretty close to the NC and southern VA areas I grew up in. The second time I got a map I had answered with some second choices (tennis shoes vs. sneakers, potato bug vs roly poly, crawdad vs crayfish, etc). That time it put me in Lubbock and Amarillo and Shreveport. I've never been anywhere near any of those places. Interesting.
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Used FireFox and had no trouble. It was very good. I'm Canadian and grew up in Southern Ontario. It had my language usage closest to that in northern Michigan, Detroit and Buffalo, NY. I was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - across from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, spent summers within TV reception range of Detroit and had a paternal grandmother from Port Huron, Michigan and spent my formative years in the Niagara region across the river from Buffalo, NY. Quite good.
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