OT: American pronunciation by region - is there a footbaw connection?

Submitted by Sextus Empiricus on June 6th, 2013 at 12:43 PM


These are cool.  After doing some recruiting maps for fun it was interesting how these match up for some pronunciations.  Note just the link here... no actual comparisons to recruiting...

Just OT fun... enjoy.




June 6th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

the "you guys vs y'all" map is the cleanest break of Southern vs non-Southern states.  It even correctly identifies Southern Florida as non-South ;)


June 6th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

They should have thrown "youse" in there as another option.  I think there are some areas where it's preferred.

Also, I've lived in Michigan my whole life, but I've always pronounced syrup like "sear-up."  Is that really uncommon?


June 6th, 2013 at 4:43 PM ^

It seems an oversight that they didn't have "all y'all" on there. These days, "y'all" is often singular, necessitating a second "all" to distinguish the plural.

And the crayon question need a "cren" option. That's how I said it growing up (I think because Mr. Rogers said it that way)

Also, I'd be interested in the divide between the long-a and short-a pronunciations of "apricot".


June 6th, 2013 at 12:54 PM ^

Pa-jam-ahs is crazy. Go watch the bananas in pajamas theme song. Dispite the fantastic opportunity to make a rhyme, they stick with the truth. Pa-jah-mas


June 6th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

I would like to see a map that shows the response to the following question:

How would you tell a player that you respect and appreciate his atheltic talents:

a) You are a good player

b) Your talents would be an asset to our team

c) You're a baller


June 6th, 2013 at 1:35 PM ^

I went to the University of Missouri-Rolla my freshman year and we had ongoing debates and even polls in class whether it was soda, pop or coke. My roommate was from Texas and called it soda water. I'm not sure if that's a regional thing or just his personal quirk.


June 6th, 2013 at 8:35 PM ^

I grew up in St. Louis, went to UMR, then moved to the east coast before moving to west Michigan.  At Rolla, kids from Kansas City and outlying areas called it pop and kids from St. Louis called it soda.

My only thought is that the use of soda in STL and Milwaukee, surrounded by pop territory, is that it has something to do with the beer industries in each city, notably AB and Miller.  It's the only reason I can think of.

74polSKA, send me an email to sbooton13 at gmail dot com.  I'd like to hear about your time at UMR.


June 6th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

I can use Pop or soda (whichever offends in the area I'm in).


Also Midwest they are "Party Stores". West coast are "Liquor Stores". North east are "Variety Stores".


June 6th, 2013 at 3:38 PM ^

The package thing was always weird to me when I lived in Baltimore. Some bars would have signs that said "WE SELL PACKAGED GOODS" to mean we can put some beers in a bag and sell them to you. Why not just say "Beer to go" or something more obvious?


June 6th, 2013 at 1:50 PM ^

I was out in Cali in April and asked a waitress where the nearest party store was. After asking her coworkers, she said there was a Costco nearby where I could get party supplies like cups, balloons, etc.

That was very nice of her, but I just wanted booze.


June 6th, 2013 at 2:51 PM ^

Coming from Michigan, I was very surprised to discover in a lot of places, it's illegal to sell beer/wine at a grocery store.  (The Beer Store is the only legal seller in Ontario, IIRC.) .  To me it seems totally normal for a grocery store to have beer and wine sections.  I'm surprised people elsewhere put up with such a weird, arbitrary regulation like that.

Space Coyote

June 6th, 2013 at 1:08 PM ^

But I always called the "miniature lobsters" crayfish if they were in fresh water, such as Michigan lakes, and crawfish if they were from the gulf. Guess their the same thing. Who woulda thunk it?

Now anyone that calls it a crawdad can get the heck outta here. That's ridiculous.


June 6th, 2013 at 1:23 PM ^

I don't know what's wrong with me, but apparently I only matchup with my region 50% of the time and I was born and raised in Chicago.  

From my prospective, the things they got wrong:

Tiny lobsters are "crayfish"

Mayonnaise is "man-aze"

Crayon is "cran"

Been is "ben"

Pecan is "pih-can"

Traffic circles are "roundabouts"

Highways and freeways are "expressways"

I feel like I've been lied to...