Thursday, April 21, 2005

This is how I speak, apparently

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

30% Yankee

10% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern


Ringohime said...

55% General American English
30% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Good thing my English wasn't influenced by Oregonian English too much...

How come this doesn't add up to 100%?

Nebu Pookins said...

60% General American English,
30% Yankee,
5% Dixie,
0% others.

I suspect that since there are 20 questions, and that all our scores are multiples of 5, each question contributes 5% to something.

Further evidence to support this theory is the fact that I didn't answer one question "10. What do you call an easy class?" because none of the answers applied to me, and so I got a total score of 95% instead of 100%.

Since there are 5 categories to assign percentage into, but not all questions have 5 answers, I suspect that it's impossible to get, for example, 100% dixie.

Because of this, I think the test is somewhat poor thought out. Likely it had a linguist's contribution to devise the questions and the answers, but not a mathematician's contribution to come up with a good formula for determining the numerical score.