Amy Speak

Staying true to form …

I’m returning from an extended absence from postage with a pathetic, lame quiz post.

Weak …

I know.

But trust me,

I do think the posts to follow are somewhat interesting,

I really am trying to make it worth the wait. πŸ™‚

Anyways …

I found this particular quiz very interesting,

I know …

Who wudda thunk it ?

What can I say,

Geek chick digs linguistics !!

Oh well,

Now in real life,

I get my fair share of grief/mockery/adoration for my style of speak:

My interesting pronunciation and inflections of words,

My use of various slang which sort of belongs to parts of the country where I’m not at the time,

And my extreme, overdone reliance on double entendres.

So when this quiz found it’s way on my screen …

I paid attention when I took it and actually answered the questions honestly.

And the results,

Are imho

Very accurate. πŸ™‚

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
10% Dixie
10% Yankee
0% Midwestern

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  1. Thanks Audrey … but word of my demise is premature … I’m working on my comeback post right now … much to share, I have ! πŸ™‚

    P.S. Thanks Stephen for coming out of lurker mode and that much appreciated comment and thanks Tara for concurring with him, I think you concurred, right … and Yodette, what can I say … except once again, that’s why she’s the Maaahster.

    And Si … Shaft’s still LHAO about your comment !! πŸ™‚

  2. Amy, I miss your frequent posts. A lot! I’m thinking the absence thereof is a sign that your days as an online correspondent are nearing or at their end. So before I see the page not found message when I stop by to check, I want to thank you for the laughs and the inspiration. You can’t begin to know how much both have meant to me. Thank you so very much.

    I wish you happiness, inner peace, and the very best in every aspect of your new and improved life.

  3. Methinks the fullness of said ladyΣ³ plate, not a coyness of nature, exculpates the frugality of her missives. The coyness of a sideshow barker bests AmyΣ³ native reticence. πŸ™‚

    I’ve a notion of the pile upon her trencher. Once she’s eaten her peas and cleaned her plate I forcast she’ll have more to say and time to say it.

  4. “HAD we but world enough, and time,
    This coyness, Lady, were no crime …”
    The opening lines of DonneΣ³ Τ”o his Coy Mistress,Τ seemed an appropriate beginning for a this my first communication. After years [OMG, have I been reading this blog for so long!? LOL) of enjoying your posts to Amy; and discovering a human being of amazing openness it comes as something of a shock to suddenly find that your have suddenly gone Τ‘ll reticentΤ on us. Come back, Amy, you many fans [and numerous Τ¬urkersΤ© miss you.

  5. Yodette … you are totally going to be able to retire off the royalties I’m going to owe you for oh so overusing the “It’s all about the ‘A’” line … I love it !! I swear I’m tossing it out at least twice a day lately !!

    Ahem … I don’t want to hear any comments now from the peanut gallery questioning said estimate of “twice a day” !! LOL πŸ™‚

  6. “Amy, what’s the name of your new band?”



    “It’s all about the ‘A’!”

  7. Editor’s Note:

    This post has been removed. I’m doubting the legitimacy of the representations in the post. If the individual who posted it so desires, please feel free to e-mail me and I’ll be glad to provide you with some links to organizations that may be able to assist you.

  8. If Aims did have SRS, at least we know it wasn’t in Neenah, WI!

    Aims, I’ll drink a tall, cool, Coors Light to a speedy recovery-IF that’s where you’ve been πŸ˜‰


  9. …Ladies and Gentlemen…may I introduce the new swing vote on the Supreme Court….the Honorable Justice Am y M. P reston…!!!!


  10. where she’s been???


    “keeping it in” … “penetrating” … “nailed”…

    ***trying to push the puzzle pieces togather to form a coherent picture***


    SWAG (scientific wild-assed guess): SRS, Amy?

  11. Editor’s Note:

    The comment that was here is temporarily not being published until I have a chance to think about the post … at the time, I’m thinking that it’s a comment posted in response to a private e-mail exchange and that some of it should remain a private e-mail exchange between the parties and some of it should be posted because it’s funny, but I’ll contact the parties involved and get their feedback before deciding anythang.

    However, in an effort to lighten things up a bit … thanks ghf for watching my back and thanks Si and Karen for making me laugh with your puns … and just to clarify things for simplicity’s sake … ahem … your penetrating comments having pretty much nailed what I have been up to lately !!

    So, what the heck, do you kids wanna hear all about it ?? πŸ™‚

  12. Maybe Amy-Wan is trying to teach some young Padawans patience, or is it some new Jedi mind trick she has just learned????

  13. Oh, ‘kenna, I’d mind! πŸ™

    I miss seeing the latest missives from our blonde from the frozen north!

    We still haven’t been told all she’s been up to that is so great, and she promised to tell us!


  14. I keep reading about it, but I’m lost – is “NHL” an acronym or something. I don’t get it…

  15. Yea,Yea
    But let’s remember that without advertising, the Super Bowl (exception..Super Bowls.#5,6,12,13,27,28,30) would be exciting as last years NHL season πŸ™‚

  16. …or Amy in the Def Leppard photo, bending over, waving her a** around, telling us “Its all about the A.”

    but that IS GOOD, Yodette. Are you in advertising?

  17. ROLFMAO Holy Krap !!!! That’s going on the front page …. it’s hilarious !!!!

    It’s All About The “A” !!! LOL LOL

  18. You could look up the old meaning by searching for “snarky” using wikipedia or an on-line dictionary to find the definition of sharply critical. You might also remember Al Capone liked to be called Snarky because snarky meant a sharp dresser and he prided himself on his satorial flare. You didn’t want to call him Scarface unless you wanted your noggin (head) used for batting practice.

    Personally, I used Amy’s usage because it’s AmyNews, isn’t it?

    I can see the commercial now (risking a lawsuit from a white room with white furniture as Amy, dressed in white intones, “It’s all about the A.”

  19. …even though “smart a**” is, too, ab incunabulis, incorrect, if you Venn diagram the meanings, “smart a**” is a LOT closer to the definition of the word that the Philadelphians ever came.

    Besides, its an Amy-ism, and Amy Rocks, so its cool too.

  20. PS – there is, however, another possibility – and that is that “my mother and her ilk” simply defined the word incorrectly, or that it is a strictly regional – lets call it Philadelhpiaesque – usage. Of course, that only makes 3rd, 5th, and 10th generation Philadelphians (they exist, believe me, just as there are 15th generational Bostonians on Beacon Hill) even more silly.

  21. When I’m using the word, I’ve always meant it to mean an incredibly witty comment by a fun, playful, mostly natural blonde. πŸ™‚ Oh yeah, it’s also flavored with a healthy dose of sarcasm … the comment that is, not the blonde. Scratch that … both of them are !! πŸ™‚

    You know, now that I think about it … I guess I do use it to mean something very close to smart-a##. πŸ™‚

  22. My mother is from the Philly area, and has used it (the word “snarky”) since the time of the dinosaurs – she and her ilk have always used it to mean “sharp, good looking, crisp, fashonable.”

    However, all us Northeasterners would snigger behind our hands when she expressed a “fashionable” sensibility – “What,” we would wonder, “just WHAT that is fashionable, just how much Haut Couture [if you will] – political, economic, or vogue – has come out of Philadelphia since the 1790’s?”

    Now, I went to college just to the Northwest of Philly, and I (still) have relatives down to the south and east of that area, and I must admit to knowing just how “cool” Philly and environs are NOT. It’s not just old and inbred, it’s plain and outright pug ugly. (This does NOT apply to the Old City) And, for some ungodly, dim, unknowable, brainless, dense reason, Philadelphians don’t know it, don’t get it, and don’t want to.

    Q.E.D., anything from Philly that is “snarky” just AIN’T cool.

    BTW, although I agree with this analysis, it isn’t mine. My daughters, my wife, one of my aunts (a RC nun), and a very best friend of my wife’s (who was also a graduate of the same school I mentioned above) came up with this a few years ago while trying to unravel and understand a remark my mother had made about someone we had had at the Easter dinner table with us.

  23. Originally it ment sharply critical, but of late I’ve noticed Amy uses it to mean something closer to smart a**. πŸ™‚

  24. I’m an NHL fan, too – remebering back to the time there was an NHL – but I don’t allow that to stand in the way of a good snarky quip. πŸ™‚

  25. ‘dette – you couldn’t resist that one, could you? I served it up thinking someone would take a swing at it! Isn’t it an old saying that you shouldn’t talk politics and NASCAR with friends?

  26. Welcome back….So what was the weather like in Santa Maria, I did see you holding some sort of free Michael sinage didn’t I πŸ™‚

    Anywhose….and the results for my speaking American English…

    45% General American English
    25% Dixie
    15% Yankee
    10% Upper Midwestern
    5% Midwestern

    So this tells me I’m a little mixed up huh!!!! well duh, I kudda told ya that without taking any test, I’ve spent waaaaay too much time in the US!!!!

  27. Yea, Nikki – about “Dixie” – (this is from an Early American historian with lots and lots of trivia under his belt) – derives from the term “Mason DIXon line, which has both a precise and a coloquial meaning. The first is the surveyed line between the Pennsylvania/Maryland/Delaware border that runs north-south-east. It was surveyed over the course of a number of years by two guys (Mason and Dixon) (Duh) in the mid- to early late 1700’s to settle a border dispute between the three colonies/then states.

    Later various colloquial meanings were given to the term such as “the border between the free states and the slave states” in the first half of the eighteenth century, or the “border between the Union and the Confederacy” during our Civil War.


    btw, when I took the quiz I was SO happy – no Dixie at all –

    55% General American English
    40% Yankee
    5% Upper Midwestern
    0% Dixie
    0% Midwestern

    So glad to see you back, Aims. Hope everythis is sweet.

    Amy Rocks!

  28. Reference- Dixie. Thank you for the explanation. I suppose my score of 20% dixie relates to the fact that the UK is almost considered the 51st State!? Oh well, thank ya’ll for the enlightenment! The force is strong in this one!


  29. Amy,

    The quiz was fun- I’m almost all General American English with some Dixie thrown in- Hey, I live in Oklahoma; I’m entitled.

    But the best part was seeing AMY IS BACK!!!!!!!

    Laura a

  30. P.S., Ohio is the nineth state where I’ve had residence in my lifetime… πŸ™‚ …only 41 more to go!

  31. 65% General American English
    20% Dixie
    10% Yankee
    5% Upper Midwestern
    0% Midwestern

    …having moved around so much, I guess I’m a “mut”…as far as the “Dixie” category goes…while living in NE Alabama for a year I was exposed to such dixie-isms as (1) the all too familiar “ya’ll”, (2) a grocery “sack” instead of bag, and (3) “mashing” an elevator button instead of “pressing” it…so, yeah, they have their own language…

    cool test..thanks Amy…and welcome back…now, where were you?

  32. Hi Amy! and welcome back… from where ever you were.
    Here are my results and may be somewhat common for someone in the Northern California area.

    70% General American English
    15% Upper Midwestern
    10% Yankee
    0% Dixie
    0% Midwestern

    I wonder what midwestern sounds like? It doesn’t seem to be very common from what others have already posted.
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to catching up with your upcoming posts.
    I also changed my name from Aleta to Allison. I will be posting by Allison or Allie in all future posts.

    Miss you hun, Allie.

  33. Well I’ve been pouring through your archives this last month or so and thought I would post something since this quiz has absolutely nothing to do with why I like reading your archives, hehe.

    Anyway here is what central california will give you.

    70% General American English
    10% Dixie
    10% Upper Midwestern
    10% Yankee
    0% Midwestern

    Oh, thanks for sharing everything. Reading about someone that has done so well is very incouraging.


  34. Here in England we speak the real thing!

    It was good to meet you last week, Amy, you are soooo very, very cute.


  35. MMMMM, Dixie, Think of NASCAR (plech!),deep south, Dukes of Hazzard, Rednecks, people with two names as their first name (i.e. Billy Bob,Amanda Sue)and the southern drawl, not a accent.

    “ya’ll” comes from that great state in the southern U.S. not considered the deep south, but has it’s own persona and greatness that pretty much overshadows the rest of the lower 48 states πŸ™‚

  36. Hmmmm Nikki … I’m thinking it’s like when I use the phrase “ya’ll”, but honestly, when think Dixie, I think more the accent than that vocabulary.

    I could use a little help here … anyone … anyone ??? πŸ™‚

  37. The great AmyWayKenOB has returned!! About damn time. I’ve missed you!!

    My test results: 65% General American English, 25% Upper Midwestern, 5% Midwestern, 5% Yankee, 0% Dixie. You’d think I’d have more Dixie in me than you (my 5% to your 10%) beings that I’m a NASCAR (‘cuse me while I spit) fan. LOL!! Oh well.

    Glad your back!!

  38. Ahh yes, the Amy early morning quiz, just as the coffee is about to take effect πŸ™‚

    55% G.A.E.
    25% Yankee
    5% Dixie
    15 % Midwestern
    5 % Upper Midwestern

    The southern linguistic police will be deporting me to up north by the end of the day after looking at these results πŸ™‚

  39. Amy-wan, you’re alive!

    We’ve all been so worried about you not showing up here for a while. Glad to see you back! I hope the stories are good. We’re still waiting for the other great stories from the start of the year on.

    As to the quiz, here’s how I did:

    Your Linguistic Profile:
    70% General American English
    10% Upper Midwestern
    10% Yankee
    5% Midwestern
    0% Dixie

  40. Interesting quiz. I’ve lived in the Uk for the greater part of my life but I still seem to speak 30% Yankee, 20% Dixie (whatever that is?), 5% midwestern and a staggering 45% General American English. I wonder how that all sounds with my Yorkshire accent?!

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