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Y’all in the Great Lakes wouldn’t have just slaw with your Coke and crawdads

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A while back I wrote about the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, a phrase language experts use to describe an accent particular to our region.

It’s not just the accent. A North Carolina State University statistics graduate student recently published a series of maps showing regional variation in word use.

A good one is the generic phrase we use to describe a sweetened carbonated beverage. The map created by Joshua Katz shows that people on the West Coast and in the Northeast call it soda. In the south it is referred to as Coke – even when it’s a beverage other than Coke. more...



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