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Speaking American: How Y'All, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)

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I grew up in a number of places, so personally witnessed the soda/pop/sodee wars, but was still unprepared when I went to Wisconsin for college and people kept talking about bubblers. The what? These endlessly fascinating linguistic maps show the divides in our country are not just political. [sweet pea]

— From Speaking American


From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language

Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? In December 2013, Josh Katz released an interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times that became the most viewed page in the paper's history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.

How do you pronounce "pecan"? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn?

The answers to these questions--and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it--are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves.

For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking American is an irresistible feast of American regional speech.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544703391
ISBN-10: 0544703391
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English