Y'all better take this test, hear?

As I try to make clear, I am a staunch opponent of culture wars as well as all forms of identity politics.

So naturally, as soon I learned about the so-called Rebel-Yankee Test via a friend's email, I considered it my patriotic duty to take it.

The results did not please me:

36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee.
(I didn't want to be anything, so I would have liked to have been 50-50, but I answered the questions honestly.) Of course, I spent more than half my life in California, and although I have lived in rural California, for a year in Hawaii, and shorter periods in the Midwest, I've never lived in the South at all. So I'm a bit puzzled that I'd score 36% Dixie.

How?

Must be my love for the Second Amendment. And dogs. And all things rebellious.

It's a fun test, and I think the whole matter calls for some kitsch.


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(After much agonizing, I decided not to supply any links to the above organizations, lest I be accused of harboring copperhead sentiments . . .)

MORE: Recovered memory! I don't know how it managed to slip my mind, but I forgot my dad's military service at Camp Pickett, Virginia (which probably accounts for part of my 36%). We rented a place in rural North Carolina. (Considering that my dad "retard" from the service in 1964, and these trips were of a couple of weeks duration, this took place over 40 years ago. Am I supposed to remember everything?)

posted by Eric on 03.28.06 at 01:11 PM










Comments

41% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom. hrm...

Harkonnendog   ·  March 28, 2006 4:38 PM

28% Dixie. You are a Yankee Doodle Dandy.

They didn't test whether I say reckon, which I reckon I do more than most norhterners.

Dennis   ·  March 28, 2006 10:45 PM

The tiny lobster is a mudbug. I gave up on the test on the frosting/icing question; the two toppings are prepared differently.

triticale   ·  March 29, 2006 12:19 AM

I'm kinda surprised to learn that some of the words/phrases I assumed were nationwide in usage are actually Texas specific. Like wrapping a house and feeder roads (which is apparently specific to Houston).

65% Dixie.

Beck   ·  March 29, 2006 12:00 PM

73% Dixie -not too surprising since I've lived here all my life (24 years in NC, 33 years in Atlanta metro). People in NC, though, said I sounded midwestern; and a language "expert" when I was 18 placed me northeast of Baltimore! Perhaps I've mellowed into more Southern an accent over the years.

Aristomedes   ·  March 29, 2006 1:05 PM

91% Dixie - is General Lee your grandfather?!

I'm rather proud of that score. I think it was the feeder question - nice to know why I'm the only one who uses that at school!

Ptath   ·  March 29, 2006 2:12 PM

There is definitely something wrong with this test.

I am an Orthodox New York Jew. The furthest west I ever got (before moving to Israel) was Houston for a 3-day visit.

I scored 45 percent Dixie - barely Yank!

Call me Rabbi Bubba....

Ben-David   ·  March 30, 2006 8:49 AM

But what about the Jewish confederacy connection?

http://www.knowsouthernhistory.net/Articles/Minorities/blacks_jews.html

Eric Scheie   ·  March 30, 2006 10:51 AM
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