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Pop, Soda or Coke? 11 Maps Show How Differently Americans Speak
IJReview ^ | July 3, 2014

Posted on 07/04/2014 2:51:44 AM PDT by NYer

Is it y’all or you guys? Pop or soda? Freeway or highway? How you answer can reveal which part of the United States you call home.

These 11 maps, researched by N.C. State Professor Joshua Katz, show that we are a nation divided over terminology from desserts to the weather. In honor of our national Independence Day, we thought we’d take a look:

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As you can see, we are a nation of diversity, which can be both good and bad. Too often, we become too focused on our population’s political divide and the hate-filled rhetoric that comes from both sides.

However, this week as we celebrate America’s independence, let’s give thanks that we are able to have these disagreements and focus on the liberty and freedom we all share.



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1 posted on 07/04/2014 2:51:44 AM PDT by NYer
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To: SunkenCiv; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; ...

Proud to be an American, ping!


2 posted on 07/04/2014 2:52:49 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Error 1011 for all of them


3 posted on 07/04/2014 2:53:32 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: NYer

Where’s ‘younz’?


4 posted on 07/04/2014 3:08:55 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: PeteB570

So click through to the linked page. The images work fine there.


5 posted on 07/04/2014 3:13:37 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: NYer

Being from Rhode Island and now living in Texas I get a lot of grief. I say pocketbook, not purse; cellar, not basement; Aunt, pronounced ahnt not ant; bureau, not dresser; and carriage, not shopping cart. I say sneakers, yuz guys, and God bless you, not just bless you.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 3:27:26 AM PDT by heylady
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To: NYer

The graphics at the links will not show: the owner of that site claims that “hot linking” is not allowed.

I suspect he is anti-Free Republic.

Screw ‘em.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 3:33:40 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll

Not so fast. Could be Microsoft challenged.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 3:43:27 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: NYer

Its a joke I make to my northern friends that in Atlanta ‘Coke’ is the term for soda. Example: Going to the store you want a Coke?

Sure!

Ok what kind?

Get me a Sprite!


9 posted on 07/04/2014 3:54:10 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: PeteB570
yeah ... but it doesn't matter, 'cause they f'got the most important one ... the Bostonian ... 'tonic'.

MOST correct considering Coka Cola was originally a cough syrup or ... 'tonic'

10 posted on 07/04/2014 3:57:48 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Up here in Vermont, at least, subs, heroes, etc. are called “grinders.” I guess that would fall under other. Maybe we’re just unique.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 3:59:34 AM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: NYer
In 40 something years... I have never heard the term "the Devil is beating his wife". Thanks for sharing this... I found it interesting.
12 posted on 07/04/2014 4:00:01 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: NYer

“Is it y’all or you guys?”

It is “youse guys”


13 posted on 07/04/2014 4:01:10 AM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: k4gypsyrose

I noticed that grinder wasn’t listed too. I know the derivation of Hoagie... curious what Grinder’s origination is from.


14 posted on 07/04/2014 4:04:18 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: heylady

“Carriage” for shopping cart? Now that’s just wrong!
Are you trying to give me a hat attack? Hmmmm.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 4:08:33 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: NYer; All

Happy 4th all


16 posted on 07/04/2014 4:12:05 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Rodamala

I looked up Grinder on Wikipedia and found this...

A common term in New England, its origin has several possibilities.One theory has the name coming from Italian-American slang for a dock worker, among whom the sandwich was popular. Others say it was called a grinder because it took a lot of chewing to eat the hard crust of the bread used.

In western Massachusetts a grinder is specifically a toasted sub, for example, the sub is toasted in a pizza oven. In Pennsylvania and Delaware, the term grinder simply refers to a submarine sandwich that has been heated in any fashion.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 4:19:38 AM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: ExCTCitizen

Hey.

In the south, hey is a greeting. However, in the north, hey is used to get attention to what follows, like hey you. At least that is my understanding.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: NYer

Freeway! What the hell is a freeway? They charge tolls around here. It’s not a freeway if they charge a toll.


19 posted on 07/04/2014 4:24:26 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: k4gypsyrose
Maybe we’re just unique

Just like everybody else.

20 posted on 07/04/2014 4:36:46 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: NYer

Nehi bellywasher here :)
With peanuts.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 4:40:15 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Rodamala
On da sout side of Chicago, day call em sammiches.

As in "gimme one of dem der sammiches"

22 posted on 07/04/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

In Chicago we’ll say “hey”, usually with a quick nod up of the head.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 4:44:43 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: chopperman

“younz”, “yinz”, or “yunz” = “all of you” as in:

Pittsburghese: “I’m goin dahntahn ta the Ji’niggle store - yinz commin?”

Translation: I’m going downtown to the Giant Eagle (grocery) store. You all coming?


24 posted on 07/04/2014 4:45:48 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: NYer

When I was young It was common to hear people from Massachusettes refer to Coke (soda) as Tonic.


25 posted on 07/04/2014 4:45:50 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: heylady

How odd... I grew up on Long Island, my parents came to LI from Brooklyn and we used all of your examples interchangeably with the exception of carriage/shoppingcart (we said shoppingcart).


26 posted on 07/04/2014 4:47:32 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: autumnraine
...in Atlanta ‘Coke’ is the term for soda. Example: Going to the store you want a Coke?

Or you can go to S.Carolina where everything is a co-cola. ;-)

27 posted on 07/04/2014 4:48:49 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: mountn man
On da sout side of Chicago, day call em sammiches.

In NY City you will often hear it pronounced as "sangwich."


28 posted on 07/04/2014 4:49:03 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Rodamala

“curious what Grinder’s origination is from.”

My guess would be the ‘Cuban Sandwich’ was the original grinder.

Just guessing, but the bread used for them is pretty tough to bite through.

They are damn good though!


29 posted on 07/04/2014 4:52:05 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: NYer

I am beyond all this happy horse crap.

America needs to purge all north and east of the state of New York. The Neoeuropa ‘ns are no longer Americans.


30 posted on 07/04/2014 4:52:36 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: NYer

Is this a possible conversation in the South?

“I’ll have a coke.”
“What kind?”
“Mountain Dew”


31 posted on 07/04/2014 4:53:33 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: NYer

There is another divide, English typists, and then all others.

Here is an example of sentences posted on FreeRepublic;

Can any of you sight for me some facts, because I don’t no them? I was effected buy my lack of information, I just don’t know what to do, or hole future is at stake.


32 posted on 07/04/2014 4:55:51 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (TRICKLE DOWN TYRANNY is trickling down from President Obama to his minions)
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To: k4gypsyrose

I assure you.. the map is correct... almost all of PA and some of NJ says Hoagie, not Grinder.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 4:56:14 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: NYer

Interesting series from the History Channel
“America’s Secret Slang”
(most episodes on youtube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2VsAxDfba4


34 posted on 07/04/2014 4:57:15 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: uglybiker
Or you can go to S.Carolina where everything is a co-cola. ;-) I am from SC and that has always grated on my nerves. I usually call a soft drink a soda.
35 posted on 07/04/2014 5:01:10 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: PeteB570; NYer
Error 1011 for all of them

I clicked on the little box and "voila"! They all then appeared!

There's only one explanation for this, of course...


36 posted on 07/04/2014 5:01:35 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: BinaryBoy
Is this a possible conversation in the South?
“I’ll have a coke.”
“What kind?”
“Mountain Dew”

Yes. Or in some places something like this:

"Hey - gib me one dem dere RC co-cola."

"Wha?"

"Dat arnge one..."


37 posted on 07/04/2014 5:02:44 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: heylady

“I say pocketbook, not purse”

Isn’t a purse carried inside a pocketbook?

How did they react to the word “toothbrush” in Texas?

JUST KIDDING!


38 posted on 07/04/2014 5:04:59 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: NYer

39 posted on 07/04/2014 5:10:17 AM PDT by Brother Cracker (My Mossberg 500 helps me deal with being old and cranky)
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To: TalBlack
How odd... I grew up on Long Island, my parents came to LI from Brooklyn and we used all of your examples interchangeably with the exception of carriage/shoppingcart (we said shoppingcart).

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, my mother was from Staten Island, my father from Montpelier Vermont, so you can imagine my pronunciation of things is somewhat of a mixed bag. I remember my mother would pronounce bottle without the "t" (I don't even know how to type that). She carried a pocketbook, not a purse.

We would say "chest of drawers" for a tall dresser; a "dresser" would be a low-lying one that had a mirror on it. My father moved to NY when he was about 10, so he lost a bit of his Yankee accent. He would say "ahnt" for aunt, whereas my mother would say "ant".

Living in an apartment, we would go down into the cellar, not the basement. And you would put your groceries in a shopping cart. Speaking of Long Island, I remember it being pronounced as "Lawn Giland"

40 posted on 07/04/2014 5:20:06 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: chopperman
Indeed. I've only heard that in Pittsburgh and PA Dutch country, but it's solid in both places.


41 posted on 07/04/2014 5:22:57 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: heylady
One of the mechanics who worked at the family coal mine liked to add a verbal exclamation point to his declarative sentences. He would say, “Well, I changed the oil in the dragline. What I did.”
42 posted on 07/04/2014 5:38:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Iron Munro
In NY City you will often hear it pronounced as "sangwich."
IIRC, that's an Italian thing - something to do with how the word is pronounced in Italian.
43 posted on 07/04/2014 5:43:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: COBOL2Java

People who don’t come from Long Island don’t say Lawn Giland. I grew up there and have never pronounced it that way and I have a strong NY accent.
We always said ant and my cousins, whose Mom was from Boston, called the NY aunts...ants and the Boston aunts, ahnts.


44 posted on 07/04/2014 5:45:39 AM PDT by surrey
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To: Rodamala

Yep!


45 posted on 07/04/2014 5:46:35 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Balding_Eagle
I was effected buy my lack of information, I just don’t know what to do, or hole future is at stake.

My spell Czech could knot fined inn knee miss steaks hear.

46 posted on 07/04/2014 5:51:32 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: NYer
Pop, Soda or Coke?...

This is relevant?

I want to know about regional versions of "marriage", "entitlement", "tyranny".

For example, here in MA, "tyranny" refers to status-quo. As in: "Hope the folks at the State house can maintain the current tyranny"

47 posted on 07/04/2014 5:56:04 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: k4gypsyrose
Up here in Vermont, at least, subs, heroes, etc. are called “grinders.”

Over in Maine, I've seen them called Italians.

48 posted on 07/04/2014 5:56:34 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: k4gypsyrose

Where I’ve lived (NJ/DE/PA, a grinder was a sub/hoagie that was toasted.


49 posted on 07/04/2014 6:04:07 AM PDT by randita
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To: The_Media_never_lie

When I was in school many years ago and anyone said “Hey” to the teacher, she would say “Hay is for horses and straw is for cows.” Back in that generation, “Hey” was considered vulgar.

I hear it a lot more now and even use it myself, but I can still hear Mrs. Johnson’s admonishment in my mind!

Also, here in the South, a shopping cart is a buggy, and a grocery/shopping bag is a sack. And everyone knows when the devil is beating his wife!


50 posted on 07/04/2014 6:06:05 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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