How English are you?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006
You are 48% English.

Keep it up, in a few years you might become acclimatised.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

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The hell of it is, I can't decide if I'm bothered by my low score -- or by my high one.

Update: But ...
You are 76% Canuck!

Now that's what I'm talking about! You did good, you really, really did. I can call you my friend and not have to feel ashamed, and I thank you for that, really I do. Thank you, that is just really great!

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Knucklehead said...

You are 73% English.
You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

Can I not be both? Why must it be either/or?

Skookumchuk said...

58%. Which is pretty good for a Scots-Irish Hispanic mongrel. At only 8 in the morning. But then, my multicultural antennae are exquisitely refined.

Knucklehead said...


I'm a Scots-Irish, Welsh, English, and German mongrel readily adopted, for some odd reason, by Eyetalians.

Speaking of seperated by a common language, this little "how British are you" exercise called to mind what I found to be a rather amusing incident...

A Brit once asked what he thought was a perfectly simple question:

"What is the size of a softball pitch?"

Which sent me off pondering how best to begin 'splaining that pitches do not really have a size attribute. Should I start with an explanation of the strike zone, how the pitching distance varied according to type of softball being played, notions of arc vs. fastpitch...

The poor pom just wanted to know the distance between bases.

CF said...

I adore that song. Was it in both "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" and "Chariots of Fire"?

loner said...

You are 71% English.

You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

Cricket still makes little sense to me, but if you ever want to waste three hours and forty-four minutes rather enjoyably providing you're not totally baffled or enraged by cinema as it is generally produced in India (it's in English) and think that anybody who can get a movie centered around cricket that is even ten minutes long made is some kind of genius, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India is a good bet.

I'm a foreigner...and stupid...and wet.


Yes. Chariots of Fire comes from the William Blake poem which begins Milton and which provided the lyrics for Jerusalem.

terrye said...


According to my great Uncle Elmo who did the family tree I am descended from Shakespeare.

Oh well, that was a long long time ago.

truepeers said...

71% English, 100% Canadian (though I had to lie about the boxing-day question).

Skookumchuk said...

75 percent Canuckian. Wow. Must be the gravitational pull of Vancouver.

And Vancouver is Canada, isn't it?

Seneca the Younger said...

I did live in Canada for a couple years....

truepeers said...

Vancouver is Canada, but also British Columbia. That is actually an Ontario-centred and junk-food-centred questionnaire; e.g. we have no Pizza Pizza out here. Did you know Tim Horton was a hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs who, upon retirement, started up a donut store business, "Tim Horton's" or "Tim's" for short.
Eventually he was bought out by a big bad corporation. Soon after, Tim Horton died in a nasty car accident and not so long after the bbcorporation came out with a new donut-hole product, "Timbits". True story. And it is a very successful business, today; for millions across the land it's a regular ritual to head to Tim's, a true Canadian eucharistic ritual it seems to some.