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(soda) the results are in!

This is kind of old news, but the "pop vs. soda" survey has produced some pretty maps about this important question of regional dialect:


Links at the bottom of the page point to more substantial dialect resources.

Also: the Speech Accent Archive [via interimlover]


best tidbit from that page..

82. What do you call the gooey or dry matter that collects in the corners of your eyes, especially while you are sleeping?

i. eye shit (0.08%)

exspecially love expresso .

i'm surprised they list "exspecially" or "especially" but not "expresso" or "espresso" on the dialect survey results..

Re: exspecially love expresso .

whoever says expresso should be shot

Re: exspecially love expresso .

make it a double shot.

for that comment...

Re: for that comment...

writing my acceptance speech.

Re: exspecially love expresso .

I would like to see a Venn Diagram of expecially | especially | expresso | espresso


I think that "expresso" is in the Mac OS X dictionary :/

Re: exspecially love expresso .

expresso is in the merriam-webster dictionary as a variant of espresso. :|

why do certain people enunciate so hard on words that have a "-eck" "-ck" sound when the words are a smooth hissing "sss-" or just a short "-ck" sound? is there a term for this?

Re: exspecially love expresso .

I'm sure there is a word for it, but I don't know what it is or how to find it. Perhaps we need to call in a linguist or speech pathologist for a consult?

For now, we can just call them "annoying."
Interesting parts of that map - St. Louis blast pattern, New Mexico/Alaska schizophrenia, racism in the south.
The New York --> South Florida migration is evident in it's position as a lone soda outpost.
After growing up in a 50-80% "soda" region, and a brief, unpleasant (but only in terms of soft drink nomenclature) foray in a 50-80% "pop" region, I am so relieved to see that now I am living in a 80-100% soda region!

i don't drink carbonated beverages really

Even though I'm from a "pop" region, at some point I just decided that "soda" sounded better (mostly because "pop" sounds stupid). I think that I was able to incite a linguistic shift in most of my immediate friends and family. Or maybe not. I'll try to pay attention when I'm home for the holidays.