Can We Guess What Region of the US You Live in Based on How You Speak?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can We Guess What Region of the US You Live in Based on How You Speak?
Image: Stephanie Rausser/DigitalVision/Getty Images

About This Quiz

From geographical features to ways of life, no two things are the same across the different regions of the United States. Words are included, too! No matter where you live, there's certain to be a regional way of saying things that you've adopted into your vocabulary. After we hear the way you talk, we'll be able to figure out where you live by using each of your answers like a geolocator. 

We do realize that it's entirely possible for you to have picked up words from other places. Whether you've traveled or binge-watched things filmed in different places, it's only human nature to adapt to the things you hear. Your words are as deeply rooted as your sense of belonging, but where do your words say that you've come to belong? Answer each question with the word or pronunciation you usually use, and we'll eliminate the places you are not until there's only the place that you are. 

Put on your big person britches, trousers, pants or jeans, and answer as honestly as you can. You don't have to choose something because you think it's right; you should choose the option that you actually say. Then, we'll know the region where you live! Will we get it right, or will we need to get a new map?


Q1 Restroom How are you more likely to excuse yourself to go to the restroom?
"I'll be right back. I have to see a man about a horse."
"Time to hit the head!"
"I have to meet Elvis on the throne."
"Excuse me, please."

Advertisement

Q2 leisure What's the right way to pronounce "leisure?"
Lez-zure
Lee-sure
Lee-zure
Ley-zure

Advertisement

Q3 pastie Would you buy a pastie from a bakery or a lingerie shop?
Either way, it doesn't sound like something I would want!
You get those at a bakery.
I'm discreet, so I buy them online.
They're found at the lingerie store.

Advertisement

Q4 Sugar If your babe wanted some sugar, what would you give them?
A kiss
A lollipop
A dirty look
A cookie

Advertisement

Q5 Plans When you agree to be part of someone's plan, what do you say?
"I'm in!"
"I'm down."
"It's a date!"
"Let's do this!"

Advertisement

Q6 jammies Do you sleep in your jammies or your jim-jams?
They're PJs!
I call them jammies.
We call them jim-jams here.
I like saying pajamas because it makes them sound more official.

Advertisement

Q7 coffee What do you drink your coffee out of every morning?
A mug
A cup
A thermos
I stick a straw in the pot.

Advertisement

Q8 phone call Before ending a phone call, what do you usually say?
"I'll talk to you later."
"Bye."
"Bye-bye."
"Don't ever call me again."

Advertisement

Q9 realtor How is the word "realtor" pronounced where you live?
Real-tor
Real-a-tur
Real-tur
Real-a-tour

Advertisement

Q10 Phrases Which of these phrases are you more likely to use now that you've heard it?
"Don't pee on my back and call it rain!"
"It's like putting lipstick on a pig."
"Let's not jump the shark."
"I'm too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash."

Advertisement

Q11 Call Saul What kind of person are you calling when you call Saul?
Loi-yer
Law-yur
Law-your
Loi-your

Advertisement

Q12 kind of shoes If you were going to go for a run, what kind of shoes would you lace up?
Sneakers
Runners
Trainers
Tennis shoes

Advertisement

Q13 fixing What's the right way to use the word "fixing" in a sentence?
I'm fixin' to make supper.
Here are all the salad fixings.
I have to spend time fixing my truck this weekend.
This fixing is the wrong size!

Advertisement

Q14 long sandwich It's a long sandwich with a lot of fillings; what do you call it?
It's a sub.
I call it a grinder.
It's a hoagie.
We call them po' boys.

Advertisement

Q15 flapjacks_pancakes Are they flapcakes, pancakes or something else?
Flapjacks go best with maple syrup.
Pancakes are fun to flip.
Flapcakes are tasty with butter.
In my house, they're silver dollars.

Advertisement

Q16 wallet Does your money go in your wallet or in your billfold?
I keep it in my wallet.
I have pockets for that!
It's a billfold.
Women carry wallets; men carry billfolds.

Advertisement

Q17 Best Friend You're bestie looks amazing! How would you tell them?
"That dress is on point!"
"Bae, your eyeliner is on fleek!"
"You look hot!"
"I wish I was that gorgeous!"

Advertisement

Q18 peaches What's the thing in the middle of stone fruits like peaches?
A seed
A pit
A kernel
A tooth breaker

Advertisement

Q19 drawers Do you put your "drawers" on before you reach for your trousers?
They're underwear.
I call them my skivvies.
They are underclothes.
They're drawers.

Advertisement

Q20 sidewalk/Lawn It's not part of the sidewalk, but it's not part of a lawn. What's it called?
Verge
Terrace
Berm
Strip

Advertisement

Q21 roundabout Do you fear for your life the rotary or the roundabout?
You mean a traffic circle, right?
It's called the wheel of misfortune where I live.
It's a roundabout here.
It's a rotary.

Advertisement

Q22 Spiders Spiders with really long legs are called ...
Daddy Long Legs
Grandaddy Long Legs
Daddy Graybeard
Grandpa Long Legs

Advertisement

Q23 milkshake What are you drinking when you're drinking a cabinet?
A frappe
A milkshake
A malt
A cabinet ... duh.

Advertisement

Q24 drive thru In some parts of the country, you can buy beverages without leaving your car. What are those places called?
Drive-thrus
Beer barns
Packies
Brew-thrus

Advertisement

Q25 Eggs Should eggs be poached or dropped in boiling water?
They should be poached.
They should be hard-boiled.
They're called dropped eggs.
Eggs should always be fried.

Advertisement

Q26 Pork rinds Are you more likely to buy a bag of pork rinds or cracklins?
I'm more likely to skip that aisle.
I'll take the cracklins.
Pork rinds are awesome!
We call them pig skins.

Advertisement

Q27 Couch What's the piece of living room furniture that doubles as a bed called?
Settee
Sofa
Davenport
Couch

Advertisement

Q28 Yard sale If you're selling your stuff on your lawn, what kind of sale are you having?
Yard sale
Tag sale
Stoop sale
Fire sale

Advertisement

Q29 Syrup What's the gooey stuff you pour on top of pancakes?
Sir-up
Seer-up
Suh-rup
Si-rup

Advertisement

Q30 mayonnaise When you ask for extra mayo, how do you say it?
May-un-naise
May-o-naise
Man-aise
Extra mayo

Advertisement

You Got:

Featured