"The devil is beating his wife": Dialect maps document U.S.'s many linguistic divides

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Ya'll, you all, or you guys? Dialect maps showcase America's many linguistic divides . (Daily Mail)
    Good stuff; the article and ten of the maps* at link above

    * including:

    .....what is "the City"?
    .....what do you call it when the rain falls but the sun is shining?
    .....what is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?
    .....what word(s) do you use to address a group of two or more people?
    .....what is your term for shoes worn in gym class, athletic endeavors, etc.?
     
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  3. Confusion

    Confusion Creative Spelling Expert

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    Such generalizations! If you guys want to go to the City and have a sub and glass of pop, I'll grab my tennis shoes and meet you there. :seeya:

    Pretty accurate.
     
  4. teedie2

    teedie2 Well-Known Member

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    This is a fun read. Now I will go nuts trying to remember what I used to call the shoes we wore in gym and with our jeans or shorts when not in school. I don't remember that anyone wore .. well, sneakers .. in school. Just for PE. Girls, that is. No, I think maybe the boys did wear them in school.

    Heck. That was so long ago, now I feel bad that I can't remember. :(

    I'm talking the 50's. Aargh! Early 50's.
     
  5. TexasGiGi

    TexasGiGi Verified Insider

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    People in my area are lazy I think lol. It says we say tennis shoes but I think we actually just say tenna shoes. And we don't say pick-kahn, we say pih-kahn. My mother calls a mirror a mirrow. My cousins from Dallas all say they warsh their heads. And we say yunta, as in yunta go get something to eat?
     
  6. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I don't live in Ky but have been told I have a little bit of a Ky accent. Now I see why. I matched Ky more than I did my state on most things.


    Hmmm my Mother was from Ky. That may be the reason why.
     
  7. txsvicki

    txsvicki Active Member

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    Every soda pop around here is called a coke, or at least used to be. They were only wrong on a few or what I always heard , but in looking they reflected other states where my family originated from years before.
     
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    Love these. A couple they missed: in Boston and the immediate surrounding towns, soda is called a "tonic", at least by older folks.

    Bubbler is definitely what I and everyone I know in Mass have always called a drinking fountain.

    And I've never, despite what the map shows, in New England, heard a rotary called a traffic circle. It's always a rotary.

    One more - what do you call the wheeled thingy you put groceries in at the store? To me it's a carriage, sometimes a wagon. My DH, from the Midwest, calls it a cart.
     
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    I've never heard of bubblers, lol. We, or at least my family, seem to say "basket" for shopping carts here.
     
  10. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Wow. DM added more maps.

    35 yrs in SE KS + 14 in NE OK +7 in south central TX + 2 yrs in NE KS + 1 in NW AR =

    It's pop!
    Coleslaw is coleslaw.
    Tennis shoes, of course.
    1. "You guys." 1a. "Ya'll."
    "The City" is Oklahoma City.
    No term for the rain/sun thing.
    My cray-awn is in the may-uh-naze.
    I'd like a carra-mel. With a pick-AWN.
    A shopping cart is a cart. Throw some subs in there.
    Lawyer. Highway. Been and sit. Mary-merry-marry? no diff.
    "Let's drive around that roundabout in Olmos Park really fast, crawdad."
    I'm stirring my sir-rup with my Bo-ee knife at the drive-thru liquor store.
     
  11. lizzybeth

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    I live in VA and my parents are from NC. I don't say "y'all", I say "you guys". I noticed I didn't fit in many of the generalizations. Maybe it's because I grew up and live in a part of VA that has many military people. I do say "pee-can" and get irritated when people say "Pee-Kahn". LOL

    It IS an interesting article but I guess there are exceptions to everything.

    ETA
    My mom has a lot of expressions and things like if it's raining and the sun is shining that means the devil is beating his wife. We used to laugh about them when were kids.
     
  12. Show Me

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    Map is spot on for me. Very interesting article wfgodot.

    Daughter's friend is from North Carolina. She learned quickly you don't say 'Coke' when you want a Pepsi. We don't have 'totes' at the store you get a sack or a bag or a 'paper or plastic question?'. And a Peecan to us is something you might take on a road trip where you have no gas station for 100 miles, not something you eat. And I didn't know the Devil was married.
     
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    Another interesting common word is 'for'. Or do you pronounce it 'fer' or 'fur'?
     
  14. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    I pronounce it the same way I pronounce "four."

    Another good one is the definite article "the" - thee or thuh?
     
  15. my_tee_mouse

    my_tee_mouse Done. Put a Fork in Me.

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    .....what is "the City"? Only one city for me, the Big M (Memfus, thankyathankyaverymuch)
    .....what do you call it when the rain falls but the sun is shining? The devil's beatin' his wife, of course!
    .....what is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage? Coke, as in, "And what will you have to drink?" "Coke." "What kind?" "Pepsi."
    .....what word(s) do you use to address a group of two or more people? Y'all know it's y'all.
    .....what is your term for shoes worn in gym class, athletic endeavors, etc.? Tennies.

    I know people who "wrench" their hair and "warsh" their clothes (with "warshing powders," not "detergent.")

    And don't get me started on the various pronunciations of the word, "bayou."
     
  16. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    thuh

    its soda or sodie in my kneck of the woods.

    may uh naise

    Peecon pie

    for is just plain for

    ya'll or you'uns is you good folk

    kids are kids or younguns

    Lets have a big ole honkin sub and a soda and have a good ole time.

    ps, it is tennis shoes or tennies
     
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    TrackerSam New Member

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    We called them gym shoes.
     
  18. my_tee_mouse

    my_tee_mouse Done. Put a Fork in Me.

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    BBM: Well that explains it then! I recently went through the KFC drive-thru and asked for a side order of slaw. The girl said, "Slaw?!" I said, "Yes, slaw." She said, "Slaw?!" I said, "Yes, slaw." She said, "Coleslaw?!" I said, "Sighhhhhh. Yes, 'coleslaw.'" What the heck other kind of "slaw" do they sell?
     
  19. my_tee_mouse

    my_tee_mouse Done. Put a Fork in Me.

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    Back home a "sodie" is a beer...ur excuse me...a "be-uh" or a "beerah." And yes, kids are younguns or youngins'. And oh yeah, the store "Dollar General" is "Dollah Gen'l."
     
  20. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    coleslaw
    highway
    David Bow-ee
    care mel or care uh mel are interchangeable for me
    the is no "the city" it is one of two - Chicago or St. Louis
    it is PJs not pajamas
    Loy-yers is lawyers
    mary merry marry are all exactly the same
    crayuns is crayons
    I have no word for a roundabout thingy, we don't have those
    water fountain
    Love me some crawdads
    sirrup is great for pancakes
    drive up liquor stores are common here. Those are called drive thrus just like their fast food counterparts
    sunshowers
     
  21. Dewey2Me1MoThyme

    Dewey2Me1MoThyme Have clue will sleuth!

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    I've lived in the state of IN neigh on 13 years now, and still get a kick out of hearing the locals say "All y'all youins"
     

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