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The Way Youse and You Guys Speak

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The data for this quiz and maps displayed here comes from over 350,000 survey responses collected between August and October 2013 by Josh Katz, a graphics editor with The New York Times who developed and then published “Speaking American”, an exploration of American regional dialects.

new york times dialect quiz
new york times dialect quiz

This quiz draws heavily from questions from the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder in 2002.

For more information about that survey and its original questions and results, visit Dr. Vaux’s current website.

The colors on the large heat map correspond to the likelihood that someone randomly selected in each location would answer a survey question similar to how you did, while three smaller maps display which answers are most responsible for cities being named as similar (or not similar) to you.

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