Friday, June 07, 2013

Today's Lesson on Linguistics

Fun stuff for word nerds!

This link shows 22 maps, put together by PhD student Joshua Katz. The maps illustrate just how we Americans are separated by a common language.

How do you pronounce "caramel"? Or "crayon"? What word do you use for "a sweetened carbonated beverage"? (Apparently I am out of sync with the rest of the midwest, because I call it "soda," not "pop." Also? I call mayonnaise "man-aze" which makes me geographically incorrect.)


Sue said...

I spent way to too much time looking at those maps the other day when I friend posted them on Facebook! Love that kind of thing. It was pretty spot on for me. I pretty much pronounce things like a southerner, with a couple of variations that are probably due to having been raised by parents from Ohio. For some inexplicable reason, though, I pronounce syrup like a north easterner!

Karen Edmisten said...

Yes, most of it was spot on for me, too. Just an outlier with my soda and my manaze. :) The girls and I sat for too long scrolling through the maps, too. We also love this kind of thing!

Deanna said...

Very cool maps and linguistic information. Though I've taken to saying y'all instead of you guys here in S. FL.

Anonymous said...

This is a little late, but in parts of Boston soda/pop is referred to as "tonic". Its use is fading in favor of "soda", but I refuse to give it up, and am passing it on to the kids. The Boston accent is blurring away somewhat too. As kids we used for plural "you" the word "yous". Funny.