Seven Words and Pronunciations That Americans Just Can't Agree On
Everyone in this country can get behind a good "U-S-A! U-S-A!" chant. For everything else, we've got our own regional dialects.
A statistician at
the different words and pronunciations different parts of this country use to describe the same exact thing. Here are the seven biggest ones we disagree on . . .
Caramel. The East and the South usually go with "car-a-mel" . . . the
You Guys vs. Ya'll. The South uses "ya'll" . . . except for south
country goes with "you guys" . . . except central
Pecan. This might be the biggest divide of all. The Northeast pronounces it "PEE-can" . . . Louisiana and its surrounding areas go with "pick-
. . and the rest say "pee-KAHN."
Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke. The
the West Coast, Northeast, south
. . . and the South says "Coke," even if they're talking about
Sprite. TONIC, ANYONE?
Traffic circle? When you get to a place where roads meet in a
circle, what do you call it? The East Coast and
circle" . . . although the
Fountains. The South and most of the
Rain with the sun out. When the sun is shining and it rains,
(You can see a bunch of maps that show how divided we are on these terms and many more, too, here.)