Say These 9 Words And We’ll Tell You Where You Grew Up

In researching his book “Speaking American,” Josh Katz learned that some words are dead giveaways for where an American grew up.

Reader’s Digest reports:

Some words are like out-of-state license plates—they’re dead giveaways that you’re not from around here. Just try rhyming aunt with can’t in parts of the Northeast or Upper Midwest (you cahn’t) or ordering a sub in Philadelphia, the epicenter of hoagie country.

In recent years, linguists have pondered whether the homogenizing effects of TV, film, and the Internet have begun to eliminate many so-called regionalisms. To find out, I surveyed Americans about how we talk for my book, Speaking American.

 

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