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Old 06-05-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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I found this really fascinating since we've had this discussion in here before for around the soda/pop debate. These maps highlight the whole US around different words and common terms for "rubber gym shoes" . It's funny being born and raised here in Colorado I find that I often use the more Eastern or southern term for many of these words.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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That was very entertaining! I grew up all over the South, but lived in Colorado for the last 40 years. Interesting to compare how I pronounce things with people from different areas of the country.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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Interested in the reaction to a British Accent. My wife literally had to translate the word "water" for me to a waitress in MN. I even pointed to a glass and said "a glass of water". Apparently I needed to say "wadda"
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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That's great! Growing up here I always said pop, but my wife, who also grew up here, says soda. I'm pretty sure that it is because her mom is from New Jersey. Now I just call it "unhealthy crap that shouldn't be in the house."
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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package stores = liquor store
we rarely talk Soda, but I think I use Soda

I pronounced caramel (car - mel) until visiting Carmel California (Kar-ah-mel)
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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It's a Coke. Y'all need to get with the program.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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Interesting site...
I never heard the term bubbler before for water fountain.
Another word for sub/hero/hoagie used in the Albany, NY area and parts of New England is grinder.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Love this, thanks for posting! Pretty accurate too. The "a" thing in Mary/Marry/Merry for NJ/ NY/MA is so true. The first time I heard my now husband say the words "barrel" and "carry" and (anything that rhymes with either really) I laughed out loud and asked him to repeat the word.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:54 PM
 
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I pronounced caramel (car - mel) until visiting Carmel California (Kar-ah-mel)
The town of Carmel has 2 syllables Car-MEL with the emphasis on MEL. There is no "ah" in there.
(I've lived in the area, and have been visiting friends and family there for 25 years.)
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Interested in the reaction to a British Accent. My wife literally had to translate the word "water" for me to a waitress in MN. I even pointed to a glass and said "a glass of water". Apparently I needed to say "wadda"
I've lived in MN all my life and never heard waddah. It's pronounced wa-ter just as it's spelled.
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