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How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk - Interactive Graphic -

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Super cool!

You're right, this quiz rewards the person patient enough to answer 25 questions.

Most of the questions used in this quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux's current website.

The data for the quiz and maps shown here come from over 350,000 survey responses collected from August to October 2013 by Josh Katz, a graphics editor for the New York Times who developed this quiz. The colors on the large heat map correspond to the probability that a randomly selected person in that location would respond to a randomly selected survey question the same way that you did. The three smaller maps show which answer most contributed to those cities being named the most (or least) similar to you.

Note that this page was created by an intern:

It was the most visited New York Times post of 2013.

Sweet Baby Jesus! Nailed me to within 10 miles of where I went to high school... and showed a heat map of where I spent summers growing up.  Awesome!

It did the same thing for me. I was shocked at the accuracy.

when you've lived in as many places as I have it's pretty easy to game the survey... it's not hard to pick out the clear idioms from the pronunciation questions.... i made my result map look like chess board lol

Amazing!  Straight to Jacksonville, based (it seems) on "service road."

Do they have a lot of service roads in Jacksonville?

Map wouldn't load at the end, it told me to try later, same for my husband, maybe it can't figure out where we are from?

Either that or their website can't handle the traffic!

Worked 2nd time, put me correctly in the Pacific Northwest Region, based on Potato Bug & Kitty Corner.

"Potato Bug & Kitty Corner" sounds like a great name for a buddy movie.

Or a rock band!

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