Pecan, Caramel, Crawfish: Food Dialect Maps

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