01 November 2006

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll...

Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

This was a fun quiz I saw on my friend, Aimee's blog. I have lived in South Florida, Indiana and now Philly, and have a mom from the Philippines, and a dad from South Jersey. I am starting to pick up random words from different areas...words like orange (AH-runge), route (rowt) and phone (very nasal Jersey way). At work in Conshohocken, I spit out a highly accented Philly word, water (wud-er) and shocked myself. My boss said she had noticed me saying some words Philly style but didn't want to tell me! Oy vey. No offense to anyone. I love accents and think linguistics are pretty cool. My own boyfriend says "crawdaddy" and "ceee-ment"...

I only hope I don't turn out like Madonna and start speaking with an affected British accent.

Some of favorite accented words are:

  • panqueque (pahn-kay-kay) Spanish for pancake!
  • baklat (bahk-lat) Filipino: nice word for gay people, of whom the Filipinos are very accepting
  • crawdaddy (craw-dadda) Southern Indiana for a crayfish
  • bubbler (bubblah) Boston speak for a water fountain
  • principessa (prin-see-pe-sah) Italian for princess. Say it, right now! It's super fun.
  • Louisville (Luhvell or Lullvill said with marbles in mouth) The way Mike's best friend Sheila's family pronounces their hometown. It's awesome, and her mom makes fantastic chili
  • Stop (eh-stop) The way my friend from Colombia used to say things with an "S" in front of it. He's so cute! I promise this is not racist, and hope nobody is offended!

What are your favorite words?


Lisa said...

Oh Maris, sorry, but a wee correction to the Italian... principessa (prin-chee-pe-sah).

Hugs & kisses from the original Principessa herself

Lisa said...

Maris, I just took the test...now I know why we are friends...we speak the same language! My score was identical.

Oh, and my favorite word is bicicletta (bicycle in italiano) bici for short. Cute, no?

nicole said...

I took the quiz and posted my results on myspace. We are the same except where you have 10% Dixie and 5% upper midwestern, I have a full 15% Dixie. Seems pretty accurate to me, considering how my mom is from Brooklyn, NY, I grew up for 17 years in south FL, and have been in Boston for 9 years now!

language is so fun, isn't it?!!

Tracy said...

Hey there Vanilla Bean,

Here are my results:

Your Linguistic Profile:
70% General American English
15% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Upper Midwestern

I thought I'd be more Midwestern :)