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I don’t know why this is from the New York Times, but it’s an interesting dialect map of the UK.

Uncle B sent it to me and said it’s accurate, so I assume it nailed him.

I was surprised when I took it that most of them had answers I would consider correct, but my score was, “you’re not from around here, are you?”

No, I’m not. But I spent half my life in Tennessee and half my life in Rhode Island before coming here, so my dialect is…impure.

Day 1 of Weasel Birthmonth I had the first strawberries of the season.





Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 1, 2019, 9:53 pm

I’m not from around there, either, but the final results map said I sorta matched those from Galway or Bath. I don’t quite know what to make of that!

I was raised in multiple locations in the U.S.A. (Navy family) plus three years in Argentina when I was 10-12 years old.

I may be one of the very few U. S. of A. people who uses the term “berk” for somebody stupid. I had a cousin very, very aptly named Berk.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 2, 2019, 12:37 am

They detected I wasn’t from around here.
But Wales or Western Scotland for me.

I blame it all on working with people from the UK and South Africa.

Comment from drew458
Time: May 2, 2019, 2:08 am

“Definitely not from around here are you? ”

Although I got a “moderately similar” for Penzance. I didn’t even know there was an actual place called Penzance. Do they still have pirates there? I thought that part was called Cornwall, although I’m sure that there are smaller areas within that general area. I probably pronounce both places improperly too. Corn Wall. Pen Zance.

I’ve read articles that say the internet will destroy every regional accent the world over in another decade or two.

Comment from Mitch
Time: May 2, 2019, 5:12 am

Drew, yah regional differences are definitely fading, but they’ve been working on it for quite some time. I’m not quite 50 and when I was a kid I was put into speech therapy in elementary school to get rid of my southern accent.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 2, 2019, 11:39 am

Same story for me: “You’re not from around here, are you?”
It was fun though. I wish it had asked about euphemisms. My favorite English euphemism is ” … not the sharpest tool in the shed.”

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 2, 2019, 1:34 pm

I’ve been trapped in Da South most of my life, specifically that swampy city where a hundred people periodically march down the street and five hundred automatically line up to watch them. I have never, repeat, never, felt like I belonged here. My mother was Canadian, from the western prairies, and so I speak like Michael J. Fox or the young William Shatner. Kids in school would tell me I talked funny. (I’d say they looked funny, and mayhem would ensue.)

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Time: May 2, 2019, 2:08 pm

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Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 2, 2019, 2:12 pm



We tried our best in the international headdress competition, but the lads from Kent won first prize.

Comment from Jon
Time: May 2, 2019, 4:55 pm

I’m not from around there, but I know that Penzance is a beach spot that was picked for “Pirates of Penzance” because it was a popular vacation spot (and definitely not known for piracy). So yes, it’s a real place. I haven’t been to that picturesque spot, but I did take a picture by the Savoy Theatre in London as G&S fan souvenir.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 3, 2019, 12:42 am

They pegged me for Oxfordshire…not…4th generation Californian…who lived in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds (Chippy) in the 80’s.

Comment from Carl
Time: May 3, 2019, 12:27 pm

Spot on for me – London

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 6, 2019, 4:03 am

Yeah, I was “not from around here” either. Not surprising, as my English and Irish (mostly Ulsterish, I believe) were from folk that went to America in the 17th and 18th century.

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