There’s an on-line, 25-question test you can take on the NY Times web site that will show where you’re from . . . . The link is also circulating on Facebook these days.
Here’s my result — Red is how I speak; Blue is how I most do NOT speak . . . interesting that the two places my speech is LEAST LIKE are Pittsburgh (only 90 miles from Buffalo or Rochester), and Austin, Texas.
To me, one of the most interesting aspects of this speech map is that a generation or two ago I saw studies of values that people have, and how they reflect the values that they grew up with. . . Hmmm. I’m betting political analysts or hand soap marketing specialists use similar maps to design regional marketing campaigns.
Another, unnerving observation is that it has been at least 50 years since I last spent more than a week in Western New York, but this silly little 25-item test can identify my young years within 50 miles.