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fixer upper halloween costume

Are you dressing up for Halloween? Cup of Jo readers are sharing their costumes on Instagram with the hashtag #cupofjoHalloween, and they’re cracking us up. (Share yours, if you’d like!) Also, here’s how to use up your leftover Halloween candy.

virginia sin candlestick

How graceful is this candlestick, of all things? It would be so nice to light candles at dinner now and again and enjoy that flickering glow.

caroline de maigret

Violette, the beloved, needs-only-a-first-name makeup artist, recently shared a two-second beauty tip with Vogue: after you put on foundation, wipe off most of it from your nose, because nose foundation is the giveaway. This “creates an optical illusion, making skin appear more natural,” she says. I tried it this morning, and it’s one of those easy secrets that TOTALLY works.

new york times dialect quiz

This dialect quiz is from 2014, but it’s making the rounds again for some reason. I’ve lived in New York City for 16 years, and it *still* pinpoints me as being from Detroit. Fascinating! Is it accurate for you?

P.S. More fun things, and 14 genius tips for living in a small space.

(Photo of model Caroline de Maigret from Violette/Instagram.)

  1. Livvy says...

    It gave me NYC! I’ve lived in the UK for my whole life but I guess the high level of European immigration has moulded the NYC dialect!

    Some hilarious phrases I’d literally never heard in that quiz :-)

  2. the cape on the corner says...

    omg the fixer upper costume is hilarious!
    b

  3. Kelsey says...

    I love this test. I moved away from Arizona in 2005 to the East Coast but spent most of my youth there, and it knew that’s the area I was from!

  4. Brittany says...

    I have been out of Southern California for almost five years, but that test knew I was from Orange County! Lol.

  5. Faith says...

    What a great quiz! I have lived in Georgia for 15 years, but apparently my Philly still shines through. Awesome!

  6. Kim says...

    Referring to the night before Halloween as Devils Night is a dead giveaway that you are from Detroit or it’s suburbs.

  7. Alyssa says...

    The quiz was 100% accurate for me. But I also studied dialects in college so I tend to be pretty good with what I call things. :)

  8. Loribeth says...

    The quiz thought I was from Alabama! I’m from Georgia and we grew up making fun of Alabama. Uh oh.

  9. Desiree says...

    Been out of NY for 15 years but you can take me out of the city but you cant take the city out of me!

  10. Katie C says...

    That dialect quiz was fun! I’m not even from the US but it gave me three cities, one of which was Seattle, and it just so happens that I live right over the border from there (in Vancouver BC).

    • Sandy says...

      Same here! (from Calgary)

      Interesting!

    • It was! I’ve been in Minnesota now for half my life, but it still narrowed me down to Kansas! It listed Wichita and Overland Park, which are close enough – I grew up in Topeka.

  11. jssatx says...

    At first I was totally AMAZED at the surveys amazing ability to pin point my geographic dialect! But apparently… feeder is a dead giveaway for a Houston native. Go ASTROS!

    • jssatx says...

      *survey’s **pinpoint!

  12. Allie says...

    Calling the night before Halloween “mischief night” gives away my NJ roots every time I take that quiz :)

  13. Oh my. I need that lion getup for our dog! She would hate me, but I would love it! I love the Chip + Jo outfits, too. So creative and adorable!

  14. Emily says...

    My dialogue test is so accurate! it pins me on the north bay area, where I used to go to summer camp (the word ‘crawdad’ gives me away every time). I grew up in the south bay and went to school in the east bay so it’s all very accurate. New york, the city i’ve lived in most recently, is one of my least similar cities, despite the fact that I fit in well in new york, and have picked up a lot of my life time new yorker boyfriend’s language. so fascinating!

  15. Denise Sommer says...

    The quiz proves you can take the girl out of Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the girl. Time to start the gravy!

  16. Leigh says...

    I love that last quiz at the end of the post. When I took it the geographical region was pretty spot on. The two cities that were highlighted (which are in different states) are actually the cities my parents grew up in. Too funny!

  17. Jennifer says...

    So accurate, it’s crazy! It just told me I’m from Birmingham, AL even though I haven’t lived there in 12 years. I’ve since lived in CA and now PA.

  18. Kathy says...

    The dialect quiz nailed me- cities were Jackson, B”ham & Baton Rouge. I am from B’ham, now live in Jan, and have a condo in BR!

  19. Colleen says...

    How fun. I (accurately-from Novi) got Detroit, too, and haven’t lived there in 18 years!

  20. Colleen says...

    How fun. I (accurately-from Novi) got Detroit, too!

  21. Sadie says...

    That dialect quiz always amazes me. My husband and I grew up 300 miles apart, in the same state, but still have radically different accents, and it put us both in exactly the right parts of our state.

    I majored in English and studied linguistics, so I always enjoy those little tells that give away where someone is from. Now I live in the UK and find myself speaking differently just to be understood– not so much the accent (trying to fake that would be weird), but different word choices and cadences.

  22. I love quizzes like this because they’re always like, yup, you are most definitely from North Jersey, no two ways about it, haha.

  23. Thank you so much for featuring our wacky Chip and Jo Halloween costume! Haha! I’ve been a life long reader and you are my blogger idol so this is pretty much my claim to fame from here on out! ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha LOVED the shiplap tee and his hair!!! :)

  24. Laura says...

    Who knew the work ‘Sneakers’ was such a dead give away? I’ve spent most of my adult life combating my Long Island accent, but I guess you can’t fight dialect!

  25. Hanna says...

    At our house, candle light at dinner isn’t just nice now and again, it’s a must! Our kids set the table and light the candles every evening. And candlelit *breakfast* is the only thing that gets us through the dread period of October and November when we’re adjusting to waking up and driving to school in the dark. Try it and see if it doesn’t make a cold, hurried morning better.

    • Sadie says...

      I was just talking with a friend about how winter candles are a mental health measure. I love the idea of a candlelit breakfast! Definitely going to try that.

  26. laura says...

    i still use the dialect from where i was raised (ex: y’all) but the quiz didn’t even pinpoint the state (new mexico)! strangely, it chose glendale, ca and i’ve lived about 20 minutes from there for a couple months (?????). also, long beach and honolulu so maybe I’m just mean to live by the beach haha.

  27. Charity says...

    I did the dialect quiz even though I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, just to see what my hypothetical US city would be. It picked Anchorage, Fresno, and Boston as my cities… like how much more spread out could they have been? Hilariously, if you draw a line between Anchorage and Boston, and then have a line coming from Fresno that runs perpendicular, the intersection is basically right on my city! Probably just a weird coincidence, but I was super impressed :)

    • Charity says...

      Even more crazy is that the midpoint between Boston and Anchorage is my hometown: Saskatoon! So maybe it’s not such a coincidence?!

  28. Sophie says...

    Thanks for featuring my puppy pic!!

  29. Katie says...

    Hello! I have a suggestion/request for you. When you link to a site that has a paywall/a limit on articles per month (like the NYT) would you mind giving a heads up? I know I should buy a subscription (hi Alex), but it’s not in my budget right now, so I really value and guard those 10 free articles a month!

    Thanks for all the great content you provide! I always feel thag coming to CoJ is like getting to have a big exhale in the middle of my day.

    • beks says...

      Yes, this! It drives me nuts when I click through, from any blog, to a site that either wants me to sign up for something to continue reading or when a blogs click though exceeds the monthly free read limit.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, that’s a great point, totally makes sense! thank you!

  30. Kirsten says...

    Wow that dialect quiz is creepy! I grew up in Colorado but haven’t lived there for over a decade and it not only pinpointed the state but the actual CITY I’m from. What??!

  31. This dialect quiz is GOOD! It pinpointed me to cities in central Florida, west Texas and north Texas, which are exactly the three places I have lived. Weird!

  32. Clare says...

    I’ve taken the dialect quiz a few times since it came out, and it always nails me as from Arlington, VA. I’m from there, I live there now, and I have no idea what is so distinctive about this little place! The two other cities listed vary so much – it used to be Atlanta and Richmond (where I went to school), now it’s Fresno and Bakersfield (I’ve never been to either).

    • Mary says...

      I got Arlington, too. I grew up in Alexandria/Fairfax County, so Arlington makes sense . . . but why?

    • Caitlin says...

      Haha I wondered the same thing about Arlington! I’m from there so I loved that it pinpointed it, but the other 2 cities it gave me were Virginia Beach and Norfolk/Chesapeake which is where my boyfriend is from! How does it know?!

  33. Bree Rangel says...

    That quiz was very accurate! Although, to be fair, I gave it away when I chose “y’all” lol

  34. Angela says...

    I’ve taken that quiz multiple times. It tells me I’m from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is where I live now, but I am from southern Indiana and answered my questions accordingly. It’s not like I put “fixin’ to” as an answer or anything…haha.

  35. Logan G says...

    OMG! Took the dialect quiz, and it exactly pinpointed my city- Richmond, VA. So crazy!

  36. Tina says...

    I just tried the dialect quiz. I’m from Germany an I spent a year as a high school exchange student in Michigan almost 30 years ago. I have regularly read, heard and spoken English ever since – but it seems nothing overlays this long period of language bath. So what did the quiz say? Michigan or northern Indiana or Ohio :-)

  37. Helga Thomsen says...

    I’ve taken that dialect quiz before and it never pinpoints my hometown of Los Angeles but it always picks cities in California so it’s close. My mom is from Croatia and my dad was born in the South but grew up in the midwest so I think that must have messed me up. If only one of the questions was “do you still call everyone ‘dude’ even though you’re in your mid 50s?”

    • t says...

      haha! Yes to this. I am from San Diego and still live here and it pinpointed cities in northern CA. I would have nailed your suggested question though!

    • Sadie says...

      Hahaha, “dude!” My dad is an Angeleno, but has lived in the Midwest for almost 40 years. He still calls everyone “dude” and responds to every amazing event with, “Far OUT!”

  38. Jess says...

    My RP British accent and dialect is apparently closest to New York – guess that makes sense as its a multicultural city on the east coast, just across the pond from the UK. Also, I wish we called wood lice ‘doodle bugs’ in the UK – cute. My mum is from the North of England and calls them ‘slatey-backs’, because the little plates on their backs look like the shards of slate that are mined in Cumbria.

  39. Mary says...

    That dialect quiz nailed it. DC, Arlington, and Newport News. (Newport News because I call drive-thru liquor stores brew-thrus from vacationing down there. We don’t have them in Northern VA.)

  40. Keri says...

    I’m from Canada but I took the dialect quiz anyway… because, you know, bored…
    But I was most similar to Seattle and Spokane which are both within a day’s drive from where I’m from!
    In Australia where I am living, drive through liquor stores are called drive thru bottle-o’s

  41. Hello! Just wanted to say that the picture above Violette’s tip is of Caroline de Maigret, not Violette, in case you wanted o fix it (or maybe you just showcased another iconic French Girl :) ). Violette is indeed younger than Caroline, even if they share the same bangs and haircut :)
    Thanks for the tip though! :)

    • Oops sorry, you said it in your credits! silly me -_-

  42. Christie says...

    That dialect quiz is so fun! And eerily accurate… my result was both the area I grew up (New England) and the area I’ve lived for the past 8 years (Northern California)!

  43. Adore the candle holder! Have a nice weekend!

  44. Such cute dog costumes. And, I love the dialect quiz. The results for me are always the same, it’s so accurate.

  45. LOVE that candle holder. I just wrote a post about candle holders that I love ❤️ Need to add this one to my wishlist! Thank you!

  46. Heather says...

    The dialect quiz…ha! I had to try it since I’ve been gone from the Detroit area for nearly 2 decades too, and it seems you can take the Michigander out of Michigan but…

    (And, though I have no word for a drive-thru liquor store, I sure know where to find the party stores!)

  47. Melissa D. says...

    Wow. Took the quiz and got Salt Lake City and Reno. I am totally from Utah and now live in Nevada. Crazy!!!

  48. Sarah W says...

    WOW that dialect quiz! I’ve never taken it before, but it just put me in Santa Rosa, CA. WHERE I AM FROM. I thought it might be accurate by say, the state, but it eerily placed me in my hometown of 150,000 people.

    • Amy says...

      Isn’t it crazy? I got Santa Rosa too & grew up near Napa.

  49. leeniev says...

    I think that is a photo of Caroline de Maigret

  50. Lily says...

    Is that a shiplap tee on the joanna Gaines costume? Too good!

  51. Abesha1 says...

    I cover my nose really well with foundation for sun protection (Jane Iredale PurePressed SPF 20, after SPF 30 ThinkBaby sunscreen) but add a little blush to the bridge for a more natural look.

  52. brianna says...

    Every single Chip and Jo costume I’ve seen on Insta today has nailed it, but the best is when people dress their kiddos up as Chip and Jo.

  53. Em says...

    We lit two taper candles one night at dinner and my 21 month old is now obsessed! “Can-dulls, can-dulls,” every night! I not-so-secretly love it :)

  54. Michelle Owens says...

    The quiz pegs me from Springfield Mass and I grew up 10 minutes south of there! Have you gotten his book? It’s called “Speaking American.” Really fun!

  55. Meagan says...

    I took the dialect quiz, and it was eerily accurate. My top 3 places were Lubbock, Texas, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas. I’ve never lived in Arkansas, but I DO live in Lubbock currently, and have lived many places between there and Shreveport over the years! So weird.

  56. Martha says...

    Loved that dialect quiz and it was bang-on! My top-match city was Seattle and I grew up in Vancouver, Canada which is 90 minutes south of my hometown. I live in Los Angeles now but people can usually guess I’m Canadian based on my accent and word usage. Interestingly, my runner-up city was Minneapolis, which is a very Canadian-feeling city (to me, based on a couple of visits) and where the accent and some of the words/phrases we use are similar. I wish they had a Canadian version of this quiz and/or expanded it to include English-speaking Canada, that would be fascinating. The prairie provinces have a lot of distinctive words and so do the Martimes, especially Newfoundland and Cape Breton!

  57. Leah says...

    Dialect quiz nailed where I’ve lived for my adult life + where I went to college. So interesting!

  58. Sarah says...

    @pegged

  59. Sarah says...

    My quiz was right! I live in St. Paul and it pegs me. Cool!

    • K says...

      Same here! Was “kitty corner” the defining word for you too?

  60. Kayla says...

    The dialect quiz! So accurate! Pinpointed me in Tampa and St. Peterburg, Fla. I’ve lived in both. So weird.

  61. shannon says...

    I must not speak very distinctively…my map had a huge swath of red all through the middle of the country and said I am closest to Springfield Missouri (smack dab in the middle). I grew up in Ohio, lived in Denver for 4.5 years, and now live in Philadelphia. So maybe I’ve lost words along the way that are regional in order to be clearly understood in all places?

    • Emma says...

      That’s what I was thinking about myself too. I have lived in Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri among other states. The quiz said Colorado! Totally off, but I think it’s a meld of all the places I’ve lived

    • Alex says...

      Same for me! Raised and still in Ohio!

    • L says...

      Was totally wrong for me too, I live in Ohio.

    • Yulia says...

      I grew up in Ohio too, and my results were in California. Totally off!

    • Sara says...

      I was wondering that too! I’ve lived all over the US growing up and it said I was from the San Jose, CA area (I’ve never lived in San Jose, but I do know the way there.) :)

  62. Em says...

    Why would you put on foundation just to wipe it off? (that shit aint cheap!) Instead, just put a tiny bit on your nose, or none at all?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good point, em! maybe to cover a *little* of your noise but wipe most of it off so it doesn’t sit on your pores? just a guess…. still definitely learning about all this stuff!

    • Laura C. says...

      I was wondering the same thing.

    • Em says...

      She doesn’t mean literally wipe off everything, just blot off the excess. When you do your makeup, foundation tends to settle heavily on the nose area — in your pores, in the creases around your nostrils, etc. —
      more than it does other areas of your face.

      It can appear cake-y and make it obvious you’re wearing makeup, so she’s suggesting you blot off the extra the same way you’d blot off extra red lipstick or excess powder. Just take a tissue and blot or “wipe.” It’ll make everything look more natural.

  63. C says...

    Do you call the night before Halloween Devil’s Night? I think that specifically pegs you to SE Michigan every time.

  64. The dialect quiz wasn’t so accurate for me. It thinks I’m from Colorado Springs, but I’ve lived in Atlanta my whole life. I saw a book a few months ago about different pronunciations of words. The quiz is making me wish I bought it.

  65. Anna says...

    My dialect test was totally wrong! Or at least, weird. I was born abroad, learned English as a preschooler in New England and spent most of my childhood in the mid-Atlantic. But it pinpointed me as Midwestern! Funny thing is, I’ve lived in the Midwest for 12 years, so maybe it’s gotten to me! Yikes.

  66. Kate says...

    So accurate! Knew I was from Cleveland, OH. Apparently my “tree lawn” is a dead give away. (Where does everyone else put out their trash?!)

    • Krista says...

      Me too! Did you also answer the bug question as “potato bug”?

  67. Amy P says...

    I did the dialect quiz and it nailed it – Seattle/Tacoma/Alaska (I live in southwest BC, surrounded by those locations)!

    And yes to more candles. I don’t know why I forget them so often when I enjoy them so much. Probably having three kids <7 …

  68. katie says...

    That test is nuts! it totally pinpointed me, right down to north central Cali. rad. like, hella, cool.

  69. Laura says...

    I’ve lived in Fresno and Bakersfield, California, and the quiz put me in both those places … plus Salt Lake City, where I’ve never lived but have visited a couple of times.

    • Sarah says...

      Mine was the exact opposite! It identified me as from Salt Lake City, which I am, but also Fresno and Bakersfield, where I’ve never been! Was it the drive-thru liquor store? How are those even legal?

  70. Adie says...

    The dialect quiz is spot on! Born and raised in Sonoma County California, and it pinpointed Santa Rosa! So interesting to see all the varied vocabulary depending on which part of the country you live in.

  71. Jane says...

    I took that dialect test and it pinpointed me to Worcester, MA. I’m from Lincoln, MA (closer towards Boston), but my mom worked for 13 years in Worcester – I must have picked up lots of words from her!

  72. Jana L White says...

    The dialect quiz was spot on for me!

  73. So accurate! I grew up on the West Coast of Canada and it was spot on. I hadn’t heard of so many of these phrases!

  74. My makeup secret was always ‘blow your nose before you put your makeup on!’ but I literally, for real, forget to do this every day of my life so I end up wiping it off anyway so I’m pumped I’ve apparently been doing the right thing all along? Hahaha!

    • Same! Every morning, without fail, I have to blow my nose right after concealer & foundation.

  75. Amanda G says...

    I was curious to see if the quiz would label me as being from Connecticut, but I knew that was a long shot – I was born there but only lived there until I was 4, and then from ages 4-8 I lived in three different states. I was just wondering if the dialect and phrases of my East Coast family (and CT-raised mother) had rubbed off on me at all. Apparently not enough! I’ve lived in Colorado for over 20 years, and Denver for about 10 of those, but I was still amazed that it pinpointed me as being from Denver! Such a neat quiz :)

    • Emma Bee says...

      I grew up in CT and was surprised there was no question about what you call a sub/hoagie sandwich – answering ‘grinder’ pegs you to southern New England real quick.

      That said, I got Boston/Springfield and…. Clearwater FL !! Must be a lot of retirees there from New England.

    • Amanda G says...

      Emma Bee – haha yes, so true! Also not sure if it’s just my CT family, but if there was a question asking if you pronounce “drawer” as “draw” that would have worked too!

  76. becs says...

    Totally on board with the candlelight idea!
    We light candles for dinner every December as part of our Advent/Christmas countdown. Two years ago, when the let-down that is December 26 rolled around, the kids asked us to keep the candles going. We did, and it got us through the rest of the dark winter. The glow was so “hygge” that I left up our indoor twinkle lights too…we didn’t take them down until we set the clocks forward in March. And just like that, we made a now-annual family tradition. :)

    • JMarie says...

      Same here! I loved it so much that I just pulled out the candles again this week because I noticed it was pitch black at dinner time. It’s such a small thing, but somehow it makes chaotic dinners with small kids slightly more peaceful and enjoyable.

  77. Erin says...

    The dialect quiz is making the rounds again because Stuff You Should Know did a podcast on Accents in August and reminded folks about it. That podcast is my fave and the accents one was particularly fascinating!

  78. Alisa says...

    That dialect quiz! I live on the west coast of Canada, so I was interested to see where my answers would lead … I hadn’t heard of a LOT of those terms! Drive through liquor stores?! Totally don’t have those here :)
    Anyway, the quiz determined I lived in the pacific northwest, with one distinctive answer being from Tacoma! crazy!

  79. The dialect quiz is SPOT ON. I was raised in upstate New York and Florida, and my results included both! How fun. If they only asked what we northern Floridians call convenient stores (we call them Jiffy’s). And dirty feet are called “jiffy feet”. So weird!

  80. Maggie says...

    The dialect quiz was pretty accurate for me. I’m originally from the west side of Michigan (and I haven’t lived in the state for almost 20 years). But I say that’s close enough to Detroit to call it a solid prediction!

  81. I don’t think I ever put foundation on my nose.. It always looked a little cake-y. The secret is to put mattifying primer on the nose and no color- natural but not as shiny!

    • K says...

      Nice! Trying this! I’ve always put concealer around my nose, and then maybe add the remainder from the brush to the top of my nose, but your way sounds simpler.

  82. katie says...

    I grew up in Hayward, California. It put me in Fremont, California. That is the next town to the east. Scary.

  83. Sonja says...

    The dialect quiz – crazy accurate. So interesting! Also, drive thru liquor store – blew my mind.