Maps show how US regions speak differently

Maps show how US regions speak differently

Credit: Joshua Katz, Dept. of Statistics, NC State Univ. via Business Insider

Joshua Katz, Dept. of Statistics, NC State Univ. via Business Insider

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by KGW Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

A report and series of 22 maps showing how words are pronounced differently in different regions of the country has people talking about how we talk.

For example, the word caramel tends to lose a syllable as you move east of the Ohio River. People on the East Coast, South and Southest tend to say, "care-a-mell," while everyone else says "car-mul."

People in the Northeast and in southern Florida wear sneakers, while everyone else is wearing tennis shoes.

Click here to see the 22 maps

The report, called "22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other," was created by North Carolina State University student Joshua Katz, and was based on a pronunciation survey conducted by Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder.

The article was just published Wednesday and already had nearly 17 million pageviews by Thursday.

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