Happy Friday y’all.
Yesterday I took a New York Times quiz about regional dialects and it correctly (close enough) pinpointed me to Tampa, Florida. During a workshop break a few of the client’s team took the quiz and they were pinpointed correctly to cities like Boston, St Paul/Minneapolis and Michigan. The questions are pretty funny.
- What do you call the rubber-soled shoes worn in gym class or for athletic activities? (Sneakers? Tennis Shoes? Trainers?)
- What do you call the thing from which you might drink water in a school? (Water fountain? Drinking Fountain? Bubbler?)
- What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? (Sunshower? Monkey’s Wedding? <—What?)
What do you call a traffic jam caused by drivers slowing down to look at an accident or other diversion on the side of the road? (Rubbernecking? LookieLou? Gaper’s Delay?)
Some answers I thought were really obviously universal – some of the MN people had never heard of… like rubbernecking! We had fun comparing vocabularies for a bunch of stuff. If you take the quiz – do you get the right region?