Some time ago the New York Times released the American dialect quiz, which would attempt to identify your region of America based on your particular dialect. It was discussed in this thread about American accents several years back. There is now a version of the test for British-Irish speakers. I enjoyed the American version. Give it a try if you're interested.
Thanks Josh, I did the full quiz and found it fascinating and uncannily accurate!
My family tree comes from three distinct places in the UK within the last few generations and I was delighted to find that all of those places still show up strongly in my vocabulary, so strongly it surprised me - for example 'a bottled, carbonated drink '= 'pop' = South Wales.
"Definitely not from around here are you?" No I am not. But if it had to guess, likely from the central London or northern Cambridge. My family tend to be fairly pan-European, so we've a bit of British everything. A melting pot of verbiage, as it were. I don't use it, but I do think fab should come back as as a way of describing something rather neat; it's just fun to say.
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
Spot on. I got almost entirely the south east from East Anglia to the Isle of Wight. It highlighted Reading where I’ve lived 20 years and Cambridge where I went to university. I grew up in Brighton, which didn’t highlight
Surprisingly accurate. Highlighted the Cambridge area (where I've lived for most of my life) and London and the south east (where my mum is from and judging by my test result a bigger influence on my pronunciation of words as I grew up than my dad was).
Mind you, not quite sure where the Scottish and Irish influences on my dialect that the map displayed come into it as I don't have a family connection to or ever lived in either region.
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