Think all American English speakers use the same language? Think again! A Cajun chef and a Maine lobster fisherman use the same words in very different ways. Almost as stark is the gulf between a marketing executive's jargon-y English, full of buzzwords like "micro-targeting," and a Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother's vocabulary, which may be sprinkled with a light dusting of German.
Whether your version of English features Yiddish, CB radio code, AAVE or Twitter abbreviations like "TIL," the words you choose to express yourself can say a lot about your background, indicating the region where you live (or come from), your profession, your hobbies and more. But the biggest thing your language tells other people is what your age is: Gen X, Gen Z, baby boomers and millennials have some epic slang differences!
Of course, not all 22-year-olds or 45-year-olds speak the same. For instance, 45-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale probably talks quite differently than a 45-year-old Minnesota mom who homeschools her kids. Conversely, a 19-year-old majoring in the Classics may talk more like an 80-year-old man than like one of his SoundCloud rapping peers. That's why, in this quiz, we're going to test you on your actual age as well as on how old you sound. Are you ready to find out whether you come across as a whippersnapper, an aging hipster or an old-timer? Let's play!