How to Discover Your Own Personal Dialect Map
For our first blog post of 2014 we decided to do something a little different. This is not going to be about Real Estate Predictions, lists on how to be better, smarter, thinner, financially successful, etc. We wanted to start out with something that we all do no matter if we are in the market, out of the market, rich or poor, and that is … talk.
How Does the Way You Speak Say About Where You’re From?
How about you? If you went to a party where you didn’t know anyone, would people be able to guess where you’re from by the way you talk? (Tip: if you are from St. Louis and want to keep people guessing don’t say “farty” instead of “forty” as you’ll be exposed immediately)
Over 350,000 people responded to Harvard’s Dialect Survey and the quiz and results was put together by Josh Katz, who is a graphic editor for the New York Times.
The quiz will ask you a series of questions like. “Do you call it a soda or pop?”
“What would you call a sale of unwanted items on your porch, in your yard, a tag sale, yard sale, garage sale?” Based on your answer, the program will then identify which parts of the country responded in like manner. At the end of the quick test, it will show you (via maps) which parts of the country match your particular pronunciation or dialect. It’s really fun, interesting, and a great conversation starter.
Understanding the Language of Real Estate and Separating Words from Reality
As the St. Louis Real Estate Market begins to take shape for 2014 we thought we might poke a little fun at the language you will be seeing in the near future as homes start to come on the market.
|What It Says||Potential Reality|
|Cozy||Very, Very Small|
|Low Maintenance||No Lawn|
|Walk to Stores||Nowhere to Park Your Car|
|Bright and Sunny||Venetian Blinds Not Included|
|Modern||30-40 Years Old|
|Contemporary||At Least 15 Years Old|
|Sprawling Ranch||Inefficient Floor Plan|
|Natural Setting||Forget Planting, The Deer Eat Everything|
|Secluded Setting||Far Away|
|Executive Neighborhood||High Taxes|
|Park Like Setting||A Tree on the Block|
|Unaffected Charm||Needs Painting|
|Starter Home||Run Down|
|Hurry Won't Last||About to Collapse|
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