Last week, some folks at work were talking about the “right way” to pronounce “Colorado”. Is the “a” pronounced like “hat” or like “ah”?
That led someone to share this nifty web app that asks you a bunch of questions about what words you use for things and how you pronounce them, and then attempts to guess where you’re from based on that. The questions were more detailed than I expected. Here’s what the app said for me:
I’m not at all surprised that it guessed Denver, but it did surprise me that it guessed Wichita and Lexington. I’ve never lived anywhere near those places.
Here’s the funny thing. I drew a blue circle on the map to show the area where I’ve lived the past 30 years. But the green circle shows where I was born and learned to talk. Apparently even though I’m not a true Colorado native, I talk like one. And I definitely don’t talk like someone from southeast Texas. At least not anymore.