I am 74% Dixie, and proud of it!

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How do YOU score? Yankee or Dixie quiz

I'm convinced the only reason my score isn't higher is that I married a YANKEE, and over 25 years, he's rubbed off on me!

Zteen took the test, and he is 87% Dixie. Hmmmmm. Those Yankee genes must be recessive.


Well, I guess I've been in Texas a good while, now.

I'm 64% Dixie.

I took this yesterday, scored a 65% Dixie

I guess being in southern Indiana prepared me well for my stint on the ridges of Kentucky, 'cause I scored 92% Dixie. I think it must be from picking up two key words. I now call groups of people either yall or all yall, depending on the barometric pressure. And in the hills, we call a sack a poke. And since I had a grocery store in the hills, guess what word for poke I like? (Course, nobody up here understands me when I use it.) So maybe picking that one was a cheat, but it is the word I like. It has more resonance to it than them other two sissy words.
Also I know that when I lived in Arizona, (and this was before Kentucky) people used to ask me if I was from Texas, so southern Indiana is more southern and less midwestern (at least in speech) than lots might suspect.

44% Yankee...
100% Midwesterner...
I am drinking a pop with my gymshoes on!

Well, I thought I would get a higher Dixie percentage. Mine was 77%. I think it has to be the same reason as Terry though and I've only been married to a Yankee going on 6 years.

We did have a very heated debate about what our children would refer to their athletic shoes as. So far the yankees winning with "sneakers". The kids do refer to everything carbonated as coke though so that's acceptable.

There's no way he got 64% on that test though. If you ask him, he'll still tell you that all shoes come from Maine.

I got 88%!!!

Then I changed "poke" to "sack" out of curiousity, and scored 100%. Someone needs to tell them Appalachia extends into the South.

98% (Dixie). Is General Lee your father?

no one, even here in the D/FW Metroplex of Texas, knows what the heck i'm talking about when i tell them to "take the feeder." it's interesting to find out that the word is specific to Houston, where i grew up, which finally explains it.

also, a roly poly is really a doodlebug, but it wasn't an option, so i settled.


Nope! A roly poly is NOT a doodle bug. Doodlebugs make conical holes in sandy dirt (like in the floor of my grandfather's garage) and wait for ants to fall in. If you take a broomstraw and gently, gently tip little bits of dirt into the hole, they think an ant has fallen in and will come out. Doodlebugs are ant lions, not roly polies! Roly polies are really sow bugs, but that's a stupid name for them. :0)

Neato keano test

I am 40% Yankee...pegged me as a midwesterner almost every time.

Jteen on the other had...52% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category. He wants to retake the test.

We called 'em doodlebugs too smock.


"65% (Dixie). A definitive Southern score!"

Furthermore, I call it a "roly poly" for my sons' sake, but the correct term is "wood louse," even though it has many legs and does not strike horror into schoolmoms.

MamaT: i beg to differ. yes, antlions are pseudo-"doodlebugs", but more importantly, antlions are hiddeous myrmeleontidae... -di? whatever, that give me the heebe-jeebes bigtime.

honest-to-goodness doodlebugs are roly-polys or pillbugs and the very reason the quiz maker feels compelled to note the difference proves my point.

I refuse to even acknowledge this test. It lumps all southerners together. Although Yankees can't tell our dialects apart (and this test was compiled by Yankees,) anyone in the south can tell the difference between a Georgia dialect and a Texas dialect. True Southerners can tell the difference between an east and west Texas accent. If you ever travel to the North, mention that you are fixin to have a chicken fried steak and watch the look of puzzlement develop on their faces.
Some of the questions make no sense at all. A good example would be question 3...how to pronouce creek. I am from west Texas and we don't have those, so the word is rarely used. Ask me how to pronouce mesquite bush or dust devil.

Yeah, well if you think "fixin to have a chicken fried steak" gets em, try, "fixin to leave on out" or "I don't care to" (for really I don't mind at all) These are Kentucky-isms, btw.
One of my faves is, "Come on and go with!", when if you took them up on it they would be plum amazed.
Here in Indiana, we call em "sowbugs", but I don't remember the KY. Durn.

Another example of how the test crafter lumped all together is the creek/crick etc... Not only does that leave out the desert states, but also those places, like Ky, where they are like as not called "runs".

Who curs what dey call bugs? They's only good fur bait.

Still disagreeing with BOTH other mamas on the doodlebug issue, I agree 100% with Christian.

I think a better pronunciation question would be: "How do you pronounce the word fried? Do you actually have a long i sound in it, or are you a true Texan and have an "ah" sound in it?"

AND "Do you have any idea what a "bar ditch" is?"

AND "Do you have any idea what a "gullywasher" is?"

I could go on and on......

(Yes, I'm the girl who thought her fiance was lying, yes LYING, when he said things like "We used to go skiing on the river." Heck, everbody KNOWS there aint no water in rivers! Least ways none that I'd ever seen until he took me home to meet his parents! True, true, true!)

OK, my fellow Catholics, here is PROOF of why we need to encourage Latin. Doodlebug, sow bug, potato bug (what sow bugs are called in some parts), Jerusalem crickets (known as potato bugs in some parts), ACK. Latin nomenclature solves this problem admirably. If we are having these problems in identifying our arthropoda (not just insecta, as neither ant lions nor sow bugs are insects - sow bugs are crustaceans, by the way, but a zoologist friend says that cooked they taste nothing like shrimp or crab, way too pissy), how do we deal with "subsistet?"

Latina, Latina, super omnes...

it's a braht waht laht, MamaT, n'you know it! =0)


I have drawn the crustacean eating line FAR ABOVE the lovely roly poly! (First of all, it would take WAY to many of them to even make a bite, and second: EEEEUUUUWWWW!) I have even drawn the line above crawdads, which I used to fish out of the muddy spot in the so-called creek not far from our house growing up. I'm not eating anything I dragged in with a piece of kite string and rancid bacon.

I prefer to think that all my protein needs come in lovely packages hermetically sealed with shrink wrap, thank you very much.

"Jerusalem crickets!" Haw!

I can see the crustacean in 'em--they look like little gray lobster tails!

But I imagine they'd be tough to pick the meat out of.

And what exactly is an "ant lion?"

When I was a demented ten year old (as opposed to now, when I am a demented thirty two year old), I used to have gladiator contests between different ant species, thrown into an ant lion dimple. It was great fun. The red ant and the black ant would be locked in battle and all of a sudden: SNAP! One or both would become dinner for a hungry ant lion.

The fun one can have with wingless hymenoptera when one is a demented ten year old is almost unimaginable.



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