Pop or Soda?

I normally avoid these quizzes, but this one was actually interesting because it tells you the regions that use certain phrases/pronunciation, and I've long found linguistics interesting:


(I grew up mostly in the Chicago suburbs: 41% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.)

Comments (13)

  1. Anonymous says:

    What the heck is he thinking » the quiz madness continues

  2. Anonymous says:

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Found this over on KC on Exchange and Outlook. I grew up in Wisconsin without realizing that we have an…

  4. Tommy Williams says:

    Be sure you don’t change any of your answers until *after* you compute your score. If you mess up, you need to clear and start over. It does make a difference in the score.

    I ended up:

    86% (Dixie). Did you have any Confederate ancestors?

    Most people say I don’t have much, if any, Southern accent, but my word choices give me away.

  5. Dan Blake says:

    Funny thing I grew up just south of Chicago and also got 41%. I guess Chicago is not really North and not really South.

  6. Louis Parks says:

    49% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category.

    Hmm, I grew up (age 7 – 19) in New Jersey. Maybe the Mason-Dixon line is a bit further north than I had previously supposed.

  7. jmayans says:

    54% Dixie. Grew up in Kansas.

  8. 30% (Yankee). A definitive Yankee.

    I’m originally from Wisconsin. I never knew that anyone outside of home used the term bubbler.

  9. KC Lemson says:

    Oops, I hadn’t noticed the instructions about not changing… but I redid it with the same answers, and got 40%.

    I gotta say, pretty dumb code that can’t handle changing answers pre-scoring =)

    It was a fun walk through my past, to remember poking at "potato bugs" as a kid, going "garage saling", frosting cakes, etc =)

  10. adam says:

    66% Yankee and ive only been to the US 6 times 😉

  11. Nic Wise says:

    73% (Dixie). I’m from New Zealand. Go figure 🙂

  12. Marc Orchant says:

    Fun stuff KC! I took a degree in Linguistics (many moons ago) so I had someidea of the patterns they’re testing for. Even so, when I answered honestly this was my score: "61% (Dixie). A definitive Southern score!"

    What’s interesting is that I spent my formative years in Delaware (straddling the Mason-Dixon line) and have lived in New Mexico for the last 24 years. Yet, according to the test I am a definitive Southerner.

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