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Old June 6 2013, 05:28 AM   #1
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Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

The maps here are of how words are spoken in different regions of the USA, some maps are about different terms for certain thing in some regions.

I know we have had threads like this in the past but some of these maps cover words we haven't talked about before (i.e. mayonnaise, crayon and what do you call a long sandwich, is there a differece between a freeway and a highway?).

There are 22 US maps, there are meant to be another 100 maps on Joshua Katz's (the creator of these a linguistic maps) own site but it seems his site is having problems at the moment
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Old June 6 2013, 05:45 AM   #2
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Yes, this is very accurate. Hell, California English is pretty much becoming its own thing now. I love the highway/freeway one. Here in southern California, a highway is just a large main street with intersections and traffic lights and whatnot. A freeway is vastly different.
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Old June 6 2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Interesting maps. Some of those just had me doing a double take, but it was accurate for where I am, which is Texas.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:05 AM   #4
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

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Yes, this is very accurate. Hell, California English is pretty much becoming its own thing now. I love the highway/freeway one. Here in southern California, a highway is just a large main street with intersections and traffic lights and whatnot. A freeway is vastly different.
Heh, a native Californian sent me this today because of some of the things I say differently. It's difficult for me to say how accurate it is even for me personally because of the gradient around Chicago.

Also there is not a map to explain the phenomenon known as "hella" that is slowly making its way into my brain.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Looks pretty accurate! I found the one about what "the City" means to be very interesting. In my area that is the name we often use to reference San Francisco.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:07 AM   #6
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Yes, this is very accurate. Hell, California English is pretty much becoming its own thing now. I love the highway/freeway one. Here in southern California, a highway is just a large main street with intersections and traffic lights and whatnot. A freeway is vastly different.
Heh, a native Californian sent me this today because of some of the things I say differently. It's difficult for me to say how accurate it is even for me personally because of the gradient around Chicago.

Also there is not a map to explain the phenomenon known as "hella" that is slowly making its way into my brain.
Oh, I have cousins in Northern California. Hella is very much a norcal thing.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:10 AM   #7
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Also there is not a map to explain the phenomenon known as "hella" that is slowly making its way into my brain.
Hella is one of those words that sounds stupid to outsiders, but once you integrate it into your vocabulary you wonder how you possibly formed coherent sentences without it. It just makes sense!
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Looks pretty accurate! I found the one about what "the City" means to be very interesting. In my area that is the name we often use to reference San Francisco.

The City is Los Angeles.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:12 AM   #9
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Also there is not a map to explain the phenomenon known as "hella" that is slowly making its way into my brain.
Hella is one of those words that sounds stupid to outsiders, but once you integrate it into your vocabulary you wonder how you possibly formed coherent sentences without it. It just makes sense!
Yes! I need to get out of here before I start using it and then end up sounding stupid to everyone in Illinois!

Edit: I think anyone near or inside a major city would probably use "The City" to refer to what's closest. We use that for Chicago and I've noticed that people use it for SF out here.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:18 AM   #10
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Here 'the city' means the central business district only rather than the whole city of Hobart.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:38 AM   #11
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Born and raised in Virginia, right on the border of a lot of these linguistic divides.

I pronounce pecan puh-KAHN, with the exception of PEE-can pie. I say "soda," to me "pop" means a fruity soda like Fanta. I've used both care-a-mel and car-mel, same with pa-JAM-as and pa-JAH-mas. And while I always say "traffic circle," in my head I think of it as coming to a spoon in the road.
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Old June 6 2013, 06:50 AM   #12
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Hmmm. As a Californian I would say they are mostly right. Although as a Northern Californian I always used highway and never heard freeway much until I moved to SoCal. Plus the Bowie/Boowie difference just makes me think of the Parliament song P-Funk Wants To Get Funked Up.
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Old June 6 2013, 08:19 AM   #13
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

On the "You guys" thing, regionally I've often heard "Youse Guys", though that tends to be a North Eastern Canadian dialect.
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Old June 6 2013, 10:16 AM   #14
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Born and raised in Virginia, right on the border of a lot of these linguistic divides.
Is there any geographical or historical reasons for these divide?
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Old June 6 2013, 11:04 AM   #15
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Re: Americans - how accurate is this (about language)

Yes, that map is correct. Living in SW Ohio, I'm right on the border regarding how things are said. I usually speak the proper pronunciations, but that's due to the vocabulary, and also to my years in choir, where we took great pains to properly pronounce words. That said, having a southern background, I'm more apt to slip into certain habits when I'm being inform.

For example, when I refer to a group of people, I usually say "you guys, you folks, or you all." Words like "mayonnaise," and "crayon," are always enunciated properly. When it comes to referencing a sweetened carbonated beverage, I will usually say "soda," but I have used "pop," "soda pop," and "soft drink" as well, depending on the setting.
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