Can We Guess Where You Live Based on How You Speak?

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can We Guess Where You Live Based on How You Speak?
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About This Quiz

Whether you live in Alaska, Montana or down south in Texas, we all have a certain way of speaking. This is known as a regional dialect, and it has to do with what words we use, as well as how to pronounce them. Most of our language is heavily influenced by where we grew up and the people around us. So before we guess what your current hometown is, let's go over a few of the most notable regional words and phrases.

When you're out shopping at a grocery store, you may refer to that basket on wheels as a shopping cart. But if you live in the south, this is known as a "buggy" to you. In fact, many phrases have entirely different meanings in the south. For instance, "greens" refers to the collard greens side dish, while other parts of the US know that this means a salad. But if you're from New England, don't start laughing at the south just yet, because you guys also have your own vocabulary rules. We know that your "dropped eggs" actually means "poached eggs," and that your "grinders" are code for submarine sandwiches. We're not here to judge, but we are here to determine where you currently live based on how you speak!

Bundy and Coke Whether you're a fan of Coke or Pepsi, can you tell us how you would refer to these kinds of soft drinks?
Coke
Soda
Pop
Tonic

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Lunch Box Fill in the blank: I'm __________ lunch for tomorrow's game.
Fixing
Creating
Making
Preparing

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lighting bug You know those glowy insects that fly around at night? What are they called again?
Lightning bugs
Fireflies
I use both of these names.
Huh?

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Woman happy buys lamp If you want to sell some stuff in your front yard, this is known as a ...
Yard sale
Garage sale
Rummage sale
Tag sale

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Club Sandwich If you wanted to order a sandwich from the deli, you would ask for a __________.
Po'boy
Sub
Dagwood
Grinder

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Sprinkles Is it better to say "sprinkles" or "jimmies" when referring to these colorful ice cream candies?
If they're chocolate, then it's "jimmies."
Neither
Sprinkles
Jimmies

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Water Fountain Do you want to have some water from the bubbler?
No, it's "water fountain."
It's "drinking fountain!"
Yes please!
I'll stick to bottled water.

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Sneakers You always wear these on your feet, but what's the proper word for them?
Tennis shoes
Shoes
Gym shoes
Sneakers

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Caramel Apples How is the following word actually pronounced: caramel?
Care-uh-mell
It's just caramel, right?
Kahr-mull
It depends on how drunk I am.

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Semi Truck Depending on where you live, a big truck is also known as a ...
Eighteen-wheeler
Semi
Semi truck
Tractor-trailer

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Lollipop Those candies on a stick are called suckers, right?
Correct!
I don't eat those candies, so who knows?
I say both "suckers" and "lollipops."
No, it's "lollipop!"

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Cat What's the correct definition of the following word: cattywampus?
Crazy
No idea
Umm ... a cat?
A school?

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Roundabout A circular road that goes round and round is better known as a ...
Traffic circle
What are those?
Roundabout
Rotary

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Green bean casserole A baked entree is also referred to as a ...
Casserole
Comfort food
Hotdish
Baked entree?

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Pancakes IHOP, Denny's and most breakfast restaurants are known for serving ...
Waffles
Flapjacks
Pancakes
Hotcakes

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trash can Which of these phrases is correct: garbage can or trash can?
Trash can
Garbage can
I just say "trash."
I say both.

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Young woman relaxing at sofa using remote control When you want to change the channel on a TV, you would reach for a __________.
Remote control
Remote
Controller
Clicker

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Frost on faucet, water tap How would you use "water tap" in a sentence?
"That rusted spigot is broken."
"Where's the faucet?"
"You need to fix that valve."
"That tap looks dirty."

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Milkshake What do you expect a "milkshake" to contain?
Sugar. Lots of sugar.
I don't know ... what's in a milkshake?
Ice cream
Milk with syrup

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Couch What do people normally sit on in the living room?
Couch
Futon
Davenport
Sofa

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peach pips What would you call the seed of a peach?
Kernel
I use "pit" and "seed."
Seed
Pit

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Crawfish Should those small crustaceans be pronounced as "crawfish" or "crawdads?"
Crawfish
I prefer crustaceans.
We don't have those up here.
Crawdads

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Granulated Sugar What comes to mind when you hear the word "sugar?"
Kiss
Someone who is sweet.
Actual sugar for baking
Cavities

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Cornbread Dressing Did you know that some people say "dressing" instead of "stuffing?"
Duh!
Wait ... what?
That can't be right, dressing is for salads.
I knew that, but it's still weird.

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Sweet Tea What is the correct definition of the word "pitcher?"
What you put sweet tea in
I don't have a clue.
Baseball player
Photograph

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Wicked - But Redeemable! Which of these random regional slang phrases have you said before?
Pretty as a peach
Gnarly
Ope!
Wicked

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Group photo Let's settle this debate: is it "you guys" or "y'all?"
Y'all
You guys
How about "yinz?"
No, it's "youse."

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BBQ What comes to mind when you hear the word "BBQ?"
Cooking process
Meat
Burgers
Sauce

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How Long Will It Take for You to Meet Your Soulmate Is the phrase "bless your heart" actually a compliment?
Oh, bless your heart for actually thinking that.
Nobody says that around here.
I'm not really sure.
Heck, yeah!

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Bell Peppers If you're looking for "green bell peppers" at a store, what are you actually hoping to find?
A spicy pepper
Hopefully peppers that are organic
Mangoes, but I know they won't be there.
Green bell peppers

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