I finally broke down and took the linguistics test found on Alisha's blog. Here's what it had to say about the way I speak the language:
You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."
Truth is, I was born in Wisconsin and raised not to far from Chicago (Rockford, to be precise.) Quite an accurate test, I'd say. And, having stepped away from the Great Lakes and arriving in New York nearly twenty years ago, people still make comments about the way I speak, "You're not from around here, are you?" They say it to Randy also. Abbey? She's a New Yorker, through-and-through. And, just so you know, I used to call carbonated drinks "pop." Now I call them "soda," even though I never, ever drink the stuff.