Illustration for article titled ​A Highly Accurate Language Quiz That Can Tell Where You Grew Up

Do you pronounce it "Roof" or "Ruf?" "Water" or "Wuhter?" Are little river shellfish called "crawfish" or "crayfish" or "crawdads?" Depends on where you grew up.

I loved this new dialect quiz at the New York Times, and thought you all might dig it too. It managed to place me pretty accurately—it had me in southern Minnesota/Illinois, while I grew up in Indiana with family from Minnesota. But more than the way it identified me, I really enjoyed the questions and possible answers. So many of them were idioms I hadn't even thought about, and several of them had changed for me as I moved from southern Indiana to south Florida to San Francisco.


The quiz is based on the Harvard Dialect Survey, and it's taken into account more varied idioms and pronunciations than I knew existed. Go take it, and comment below with how accurate you thought it was for you. (And sorry non-Americans, this one's really just for regional dialects. Though I'd be interested in what it finds for you, too!)

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