So, apparently I’m from Missouri – where I have never actually lived

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NY Times vocabulary quiz determines where you are from
[Via Boing Boing]

he New York Timeshas a 25-question, multiple choice survey about word usage and pronunciation (e.g., “How to you pronounce “aunt?”).

I took the test and the pattern my dialect most closely matches is from Stockton, CA, Denver, or Aurora, CO. I was born in Denver and grew up nearby in Golden and Boulder. How well does the survey do in pinpointing where you grew up?

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It seems that living near Houston, Boulder, Los Angeles and Seattle produces a mid-Western lilt to my dialect. What an amazing test! Who knew?