So said Henry Higgins in the first act of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. The New York Times Sunday Review has a short, 25-item quiz on vocabulary and pronunciation of specific words, that compares users’ speech to that of other people around the United States.
According to the survey, my own vocabulary and pronunciation is closest to other folks that live in the area shown in dark red:
The major cities my speech most closely matched were Houston (“feeder road” is apparently a term unique to the Houston metro area), Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Users should remember that this survey doesn’t claim to predict where you’re from, but how similar your pronunciation and usage are to people in different parts of the country. Still, for me, that looks about right. How about you?
____________Image: Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady.