Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Video Survey of American Dialects Makes You Realize That You're the Only One Who Speaks Correctly

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Apparently, there are people in the country that call water fountains "bubblers," people that call pecans "pee-cans," and it seems there are folks that call bags "begs." The point is, everyone talks funny and, in my opinion, uses the wrong words for everything... and this video proves it.

Over the years, researchers have studied the differences in American dialects (see this 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey, as well as this 2013 NC State Survey, though I don't recommend you start digging through either while you still have something to do today), and The Atlantic has taken a swing at their own version of the map, using questions from the Harvard survey:

For the video above, we called people across the country to ask them a few of Vaux's questions, then layered the answers with maps based on Katz's. You'll hear what Philadelphians call a group of people, the many ways of pronouncing "pecan," and what Southerners mean when they say "the devil is beating his wife."

For the record, it's "peh-cahn," and you can't convince me otherwise.

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