Say WHAT? Maps Show Regional Dialect Variations In U.S.

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From Brooklyn-ese to the Texas twang, it can often seem like we’re not all speaking the same version of English in America. To that point, Bert Vaux of the University of Cambridge conducted an online survey to document the range of how English has come to be spoken on our side of the pond (the continental US).

Using Vaux’s results, Joshua Katz, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics at NC State University, created a series of colorful maps to illustrate how Americans pronounce and use certain words in different parts of the country.

Here are a few of our favorites, but you can see all of Joshua’s 100+ dialect maps here:

aunt


caramel


almond


pecan


cauliflower


mayo


soda


sneakers

  • Margaret

    I had no idea that the Northeast and a bit of Florida were the only ones that called rubber-soled athletic shoes “sneakers”. I assumed that they were called “sneakers” all over our great country. “Tennis shoes” – I don’t think so!!!

    • Michelle

      Pronounced “Ten-EE shoes” where I grew up.

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