How Americans Speak English Differently From One Another

(Photo by PETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by PETER KNEFFEL/AFP/Getty Images)

You say “po-TAY-toe”, I say “po-TAH-toe”, but rather than calling the whole thing off, the Business Insider recently published a gallery of maps showing how pronunciation and terminology differed across the United States.

Regional dialects play a big part in how we pronounce certain words or what terminology we use.

Here are some of the words in question:

  • Caramel
  • Been
  • Bowie Knife
  • Crayon
  • Lawyer
  • Coleslaw
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pajamas
  • Pecan
  • Syrup

There also seems to be much debate on what to call a carbonated beverage, how to refer to a group of people, how to pronounce Merry, Marry and marry, what “The City” is, and what athletic foot wear should be called.

What is something you say different from most people? Let us know in the comments below.



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