i keep this monster bookmarked so i can refer to it conveniently. you know, like you do. and last winter there was some hoo-hah when the results for the harvard dialect survey came out, but i was all, like, REALLY excited when i was reading the results and those questions looked WAY TOO FAMILIAR and i realized that i had been one of the original respondents to the survey, so i was all hopping up and down on one foot excited about it.
and then last week or something like that a guy came out with some pretty dialect maps BASED on that survey and that was nice, but more recently he brought out an accompanying quiz you can take and find out where in the US they talk most like you!!
OMG!OMG! *waves hand in front of face, flaps arms and spins around in circles* this is SO cool!
here is where in the US they are most likely to comprehend me:
but i was BORN in a red area.
and there is still time for you to participate in one of these big dialect surveys. there's is the cambridge survey of world englishes, and you should go there now and take the survey if you are an english speaker anywhere in the world because it's funFUNFUNFUNFUN!!!