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    22 Maps That Show the Deepest Linguistic Conflicts in America

    http://www.businessinsider.com/22-ma...merica-2013-6#

    Looks like there might be some other cool maps at the end of this series -- off to check them out!
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    Very interesting. Thanks for the link.
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    Mr. Fridge Break and I were going through these yesterday (Southern Illinois vs. Michigan) and there were several conflicts... crayfish/crawfish, slaw/coleslaw... he smashed his head into the pillows when I called it a "drinking fountain"

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    Fascinating

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    this is a topic of conversation in my family all the time.My Mom recently had been working with a lot of Northerners apparently,she called a soda a "pop". I stopped her and said "What did you just say??Mother!Did you just call a soda a pop?!"...an hour North of here it's called "soda",here every soft drink is called a "coke"whether it's actually a coke or not. There are a lot of other linguistic differences,sometimes geographically not that far apart.

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    This is fascinating. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrushka View Post
    this is a topic of conversation in my family all the time.My Mom recently had been working with a lot of Northerners apparently,she called a soda a "pop". I stopped her and said "What did you just say??Mother!Did you just call a soda a pop?!"...an hour North of here it's called "soda",here every soft drink is called a "coke"whether it's actually a coke or not. There are a lot of other linguistic differences,sometimes geographically not that far apart.

    It was always "pop" my whole life until we moved to Connecticut when I was in 11th grade. Then it was "soda". To me, a soda was a drink with ice cream and "pop" in it. What's funny is I only lived there 2 years and we moved back to the same city I lived in my whole life after I graduated high school, yet to this day I still call it soda instead of pop.

    Another new one on me when moving to Connecticut was that thing that women carry is called a purse. In CT they called a purse a pocketbook. To me, a pocketbook was your wallet, not your purse.
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    I live in SW Ontario. My family is in Michigan, Iowa, and California. Whenever we have a family reunion, (not often enough,), this is a topic of conversation that always comes up. My California family speaks closer to me; it's those Iowa and Michigan folks that say everything different!

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    I wonder if he did soda/pop/soft drink or submarine/hero/gyro/grinder/hoagie.

    The only one that comes out different from the map for me is Caramel. I say Carmel even though I am an East Coaster. I got it from my mother, who is Scottish.
    I am from Maryland so we definitely say Boo-wie knife because of Bowie, Md. In fact, most of my friends called David Bowie "David Boo-wie" in the early 70s until we learned that is was Bow-ie.
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    I so disappointed I don't have access to a brew-thru.

    that is all.
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    No brew thrus here either. I am just happy that the county I live in on the weekend has Sunday liquor sales. The county I live in during the week does not.
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    I'm more than a little surprised at this map -- I didn't realize that it was only in such a small region of the U.S. that Mary, merry, and marry were pronounced differently. Completely flummoxed that some pronounce merry the same as Mary and/or marry!
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    For me, merry is different. Mary and Marry sound the same. But I know a lot of people from Long Island and New Jersey who say marry differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    I wonder if he did soda/pop/soft drink or submarine/hero/gyro/grinder/hoagie.


    Those are both among the 22 maps, though the sandwich one was phrased slightly differently.

    I question the validity of some of his findings. He puts me in "crawfish" country, for example, but I have never heard anyone around here call it anything other than a "crayfish."

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    I just moved down to Miami full time.

    Went to Subway for lunch today and no one seemed to understand me when I said "hoagie". Now I understand why.

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    I didn't see it, but when I clicked sometimes I jumped a few maps ahead so I must have missed them.

    Just saw the sandwich one. I did think that Submarine was most common, but I thought Hoagie was not just SE Pennsylvania, but also central/south NJ. And I thought Hero was common in NYC and Western PA. And Grinder was common in Massachusetts, RI, and other parts of New England. And Poor Boy in Louisiana or at least New Orleans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    For me, merry is different. Mary and Marry sound the same. But I know a lot of people from Long Island and New Jersey who say marry differently.
    I pronounce "marry" with a much flatter "a" than "Mary", which I pronounce pretty close to "Mare-ee".
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    I am totally appalled that "youse" did not make the list for how to address multiple people

    But I've been wondering for years why no one eats hoagies anymore (haven't lived in SE Pennsylvania for a very long time)
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    Ever since seeing this, I've been trying to figure out the difference between ahn and awn (both sound like on) Did them mean uhn? (Crayon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by maatTheViking View Post
    I so disappointed I don't have access to a brew-thru.

    that is all.
    We just called them drive through liquor stores. When passengers could no longer drink in the car, they had to make special sealed cups and straws for their smoothies.

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