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I was bemoaning the state of the English language, along with dglenn, who pointed out that it's a living language, and just because current usage isn't the same as it was 200 years ago, it can still reasonably be called English.

However, I wondered if it still passed the test of mutual intelligibility, so I've decided to do a very scientific survey to assess widespread comprehension of the most modern usage.

Instructions:
Simply read the sample exchange below and answer some simple questions.

Sample conversation

Speaker 1: What up, dawg, yo.
Speaker 2: Yo.
Speaker 1: Dude.
Speaker 2: Yo.
Speaker 1: Kawaii!
Speaker 2: I'd hit it.
Speaker 1: Ripper.
Speaker 2: Sir Mix-A-Lot was right.
Speaker 1: Numbah one in the 'hood.
Speaker 2: Hey, don't dis my sistah!
Speaker 1: Methinks you drink from the cistern, sirrah!
Speaker 2: Yo mama.
Speaker 1: Word.

Knowledge Metric questions

The first speaker is:

Male
0(0.0%)
Female
0(0.0%)
Cool
0(0.0%)
Nerdy
0(0.0%)
American
1(4.0%)
Asian
0(0.0%)
Australian
0(0.0%)
British
1(4.0%)
Under 15
0(0.0%)
Over 50
0(0.0%)
A dawg
0(0.0%)
Yo
2(8.0%)

The second speaker is:

Male
1(4.0%)
Female
0(0.0%)
Cool
0(0.0%)
Nerdy
1(4.0%)
A poseur
0(0.0%)
American
2(8.0%)
Canadian
0(0.0%)
Asian
0(0.0%)
Hispanic
0(0.0%)
1(4.0%)
Dude
2(8.0%)

They are discussing

A car
2(8.7%)
A computer
3(13.0%)
6(26.1%)
A building
0(0.0%)
An objet d'art
1(4.3%)
A dawg
0(0.0%)
Yo
2(8.7%)
Dude
0(0.0%)

"I'd hit it" refers to:

Striking something with the fist
0(0.0%)
Striking a chord
2(8.0%)
Hitting a drum
0(0.0%)
Affection
2(8.0%)
Lust
14(56.0%)
Violence
0(0.0%)
Avarice
0(0.0%)
Greed
0(0.0%)
Gluttony
0(0.0%)
Sloth
0(0.0%)
Yo
0(0.0%)

"Sir Mix-A-Lot" refers to:

Hammertime
1(4.0%)
A very fast hard drive
0(0.0%)
The Scarecrow was right
0(0.0%)
A prominent posterior
11(44.0%)
A Cleveland 454ci V-8
1(4.0%)
Plankton
2(8.0%)
A blog
1(4.0%)
1(4.0%)
Yo
1(4.0%)

What is a cistern?

A spittoon
0(0.0%)
A Jack Nasty
1(4.3%)
A thundermug
1(4.3%)
A coffee cup
0(0.0%)
A rainbarrell
12(52.2%)
A rainbow
0(0.0%)
A recurved bow
0(0.0%)
A blog
0(0.0%)
2(8.7%)
Yo
3(13.0%)

What is a Knowledge Metric?

A test
3(12.0%)
A quiz
4(16.0%)
The opposite of a knowledge inch
2(8.0%)
You have insulted my sister!
0(0.0%)
Your tail looks like a muffin!
1(4.0%)
A grunge band
0(0.0%)
Geo's 2006 replacement for the Metro
0(0.0%)
The equation for a cycloid
2(8.0%)
The Trail of Tears
0(0.0%)
1066
0(0.0%)
0(0.0%)
Clicky thing!
4(16.0%)
Yo
0(0.0%)
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