Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Subtle Tongue Variations of North America

3 comments:

  1. Neat map, though a bit confusing. I grew up in Southern CA, but have lived in Northern CA (Sacramento area) most of my life (with a few years spent in Colorado and Northern NY), but for me on, Don and Dawn have always rhymed. They have for most of the people I've known as well (though a friend from Long Island drawls the aw sound in dawn daawwwn). Most people I I've known pronounce pin and pen differently.

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  2. Yeah, Don and Dawn are pretty much indistinguishable from me, as are pen and pin. I've gotten much more aware of my accent now that I'm living with someone who has a radically different one (two words indistinguishable in his accent are "pawn" and "porn", because he has a very ambivalent relationship with the letter R).

    But yeah. I love dense, complicated infographics.

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  3. Me too. Thanks for sharing it.

    My husband (Doug) has a story about speaking with a colleague who came from someplace in the south-central east coast. The guy was talking about sailing, and kept saying it was a bad idea to sail in the Chesapeake bay without having all your "shots."

    To which my husband kept saying, "Wow, it's that polluted? I had no idea."

    General mutual incomprehension followed until Doug finally realized that the man was actually saying you shouldn't sail in the Chesapeake bay without having all your "charts."

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