Where Yinz From?

I’m working late, so all I have for you tonight is this little quiz. Give it a go.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    I’ve taken this quiz before; last time, I got Arlington, VA as one possibility. This time around, I got DC as a possibility. In both cases, the quiz had me pegged within about 20 miles, since I’m from Alexandria.

    Posted February 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    It nailed me down pretty tightly, too.

    Posted February 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Got me at NYC (10 years) and Yonkers (I lived in Westchester County for 14 years). But the third one was weird: Jackson, Mississippi. I’ve never even been in Mississippi. Go figure.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink
  4. Amused says

    Well, well, well, I also got Washington DC, Jackson (Missouri?)and somewhere else that I have instantly forgotten. Such is my incredible memory.

    Henry, I don’t think you’ll bump in to me, so don’t worry. I was brought up in the UK and now live in Sydney, Australia.

    I don’t think that this quiz was intended for non-Americans. Too many answers required the response “other”.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 1:17 am | Permalink
  5. “Henry, I don’t think you’ll bump in to me, so don’t worry.”


    Posted February 20, 2014 at 1:26 am | Permalink
  6. Dom says

    They got me correctly in Philadelphia. The give away, though, was the word “hoagie”. I think only Philadelphians say that.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  7. JK says

    Pinpointed my birthplace. Pinpointed a city my 1820s maternal grandparents appeared in a census record. Pretty close – within a two-hour drive – of the city my 1840s paternal grandparents appeared on a census.

    First question admittedly I clicked a word form I never used myself – but my kin did – my parents moved me while an infant to a USMC base in CA.

    Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  8. JK says


    I took a look at some letters/writings my families’ left for posterity. Used what I took to be the “most probable” of the word-forms for the test. “Hypothesized” ports of entry.

    Virginia, Georgia, and unexpectedly (only city I’ll name) Jackson Mississippi.

    There’s [maybe] a reason I’ve reckoned you a “axtracted hillbilly tended ter de desert flatmost” sort of feller.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  9. the one eyed man says

    The quiz unerringly identified my ancestral homeland of central New Jersey. Ditto for my brother Dave.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  10. JK says

    So what One-E#yed the test “unerringly” identifieds dumbfucks?

    That’s relatively easy.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  11. Bill says

    It put me in Wisconsin or Minnesota, primarily based on one word choice, Kitty-corner. A lot of my choices were all blue, so they didn’t have a lot to work with. The red options were all over the country.

    Posted February 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink
  12. Eric says

    It had me as either Utah (correctly, based on ‘potato bug’) or upstate New York (incorrectly, based on ‘sneakers’).

    Posted February 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  13. I got Washington DC, Arlington, VA, and Durham, NC – moved around a lot, but never lived in any of these places and have no relatives from these locations either. Of course, I did drop my native PA “yous guys” and adopted y’all after years of living in the South.

    Posted February 21, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
  14. LB,

    You can’t actually be mistaken for a Southern Belle, unless you know the plural for “y’all”.

    My wife and I live in Durham, NC for several years (while Trish was doing graduate work at Duke). We quickly learned that the plural of “y’all” was “all y’all”!

    Posted February 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  15. “axtracted hillbilly tended ter de desert flatmost”


    I’m going out on a limb here, but I’ll take that as a compliment …

    Posted February 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
  16. Dear Henry,
    A decade or so ago, I uttered a phrase that convinced my family that I am a Southern redneck and fit in perfectly in The Deep South. I told my husband, “I already done did it!” I do say, “all y’all” too. I’ve lived in The South many years, lol

    Posted February 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  17. Apparently I am either from San Francisco, San Jose, or Honolulu, though we cannot rule out southern Florida.

    The problem is they failed to ask about “toque” or the CORRECT pronunciation of “about.”

    Posted February 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

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