I took a test today to see if my "dialect" was more Yankee or Southern. And according to the test, I'm "barely Yankee."
Me? Barely Yankee?
The weird thing about the test was this: I took it the first time, seeing the options for each question, and trying to answer it the way I've always known. And yet, this born and raised Yank came out only BARELY Northern!
Then, I went and took the test again, this time answering in ways that I would NOW that I've lived in Alabama for 6 years. (For example, in the past, I would've addressed a crowd as "You guys" or "You all." Now, I say "y'all" quite frequently.)
And it said I was 97% Dixie. It asked if General Lee was my father!
So, the synopsis is this: You can be born anywhere in the country, but if you live in the South for any length of time, you WILL talk like a redneck.
I'm walkin', talkin' proof, y'all.