Pecan, Caramel, Crawfish: Food Dialect Maps

"ALL-monds," "AH-monds," or "I say something between 'l' and nothing"

Bert Vaux and Marius L. Jøhndal at the University of Cambridge surveyed around 11,500 people to study the ways we in the colonies have grown to speak. Joshua Katz, a doctoral student in linguistics at N.C. State, made these excellent maps of the results. You can click to make them larger.


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Just kidding with the crayons, they are not food, I never eat them. Thanks to Josh Katz for letting us reprint his maps. Here are the full survey results, covering not just food but 122 "phonological and lexical topics."

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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