American English

My Dad found this on Facebook and I’m so glad he shared it with me. It’s a collection of color-coded maps illustrating how American English varies throughout our country. It’s fascinating! You can view all 22 maps here, but I’m also going to share a few of my favorites with you.

The caramel debate.

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After seeing how other parts of the US pronounce “mayonnaise” and “pajamas,” I now understand why so many people have asked where I’m originally from.

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And most of the country can’t hear the difference between Kerry and Cary, which is so bizarre because they’re two very different names!

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I had a lot of fun flipping through these maps, take a few minutes and maybe you will too :)

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2 Responses to “American English”


  1. 1 stephanie emmaline June 10, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Now I’m all paranoid that I’m mispronouncing “Cary” and “Kerry”…how are they different? O_o

    • 2 TheTragicWhale June 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I would guess that you aren’t! For most of the country it seems that only the spelling is different :)


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