If You Come To My House, I Will Give You A Glass Of Wooder And A Hoagie

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If you come to my house, I will give you a glass of wooder and a hoagie. 

A North Carolina State University doctoral student’s fascination with differences in U.S. dialects led him to create over 100 maps that show the colorful ways in which American English diverges. 

The regional differences in America are apparent to anyone who has traveled even a state or two from their home, but some differences in dialect aren’t as obvious—or as well known—as others.

But a North Carolina State University doctoral student in statistics took the data compiled from 120-question survey by Cambridge professor Dr. Bert Vaux that asked American’s questions like how they pronounce ‘lawyer’ or ‘crayon’ or what exactly they call that cold cut sandwich and turned it all into fascinating maps that show just how dialectically divided the country really is. – Daily Mail


Cole-d shoulder: Can you just call coleslaw slaw? Again, the north and south are divided. And in the south, you put ‘slaw’ on your sandwiches (and even, in some places, on your hot dogs)


Sticky issue: Caramel has two A’s, but do you pronounce them both? Only if you live in the south and east coast.


Axe to grinder: While most of America says ‘Sub’ for a long cold cut sandwich, some say hoagie, hero, or even–though it’s managed to stay off this map–grinder.


How do I pronounce thee? Cambridge researcher Dr. Bert Vaux, on whose data Katz based his maps, found that Americans pronounce ‘pecan’ in one of four ways, depending on where they come from.


Is your name Ben? If so, Wisconsin may be a confusing place because in the Badger State, your name rhymes with ‘been.’ Other ways to pronounce it include ‘bin’ in most other country and ‘bean’ in British tourist destinations.


Just say PJs:  Southerners and a few folks in the northeast call their jammies ‘puh-jaaahmas’ while the rest of the country prefers their nightwear to be ‘puh-jam-uhs’


Is your lawyer loyal? Regardless, if the first syllables of the words sound the same to you, you’re probably not from the south, where lawyer rhymes with callyer



Mary me Merry and we’ll be Marry: If you hear this sentence and it makes sense, you’re like most of America. But in some regions, people pronounce each word differently.


A less obvious example is the word ‘caramel.’ Though sweet, preference for how to pronounce the sugary treat seems to create a bitter divide according to Katz’s map. Travelers to Montana be warned: the state reported the most who pronounce it ‘carm-uhl,’ without the second ‘a.’


Crayon jewels: ‘Cray-un,’ ‘cray-awn,’ ‘cran,’ or ‘crown,’ they all mean crayon


Fifty fifty: About half the country calls the eggy dressing man-aise, while the others prefer the extra zip in the middle, calling it may-uh-naise.soda

 What gives soda its pop? Long an indicator of one’s Midwestern roots, a ‘sweetened carbonated beverage’ is probably a ‘pop’ if you’re from the Plains states but a soda if you’re from the coasts.


 Suuuurup: Most of the country opts for the pronunciation ‘sirup’ but others put ‘searup’ on their pancakes (or are they flapjacks?).


 What if I’m playing racquetball?: The term tennis shoes describes rubber-soled athletic shoes to most Americans. But In the northeast, where they’re more often called ‘sneakers’.

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