Somehow I missed this great article, posted a month ago at Business Insider: 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other. A PhD student posted maps showing the different pronunciations and word usages across America.
Of course, I compared my pronunciation to where I’m from and subsequent areas I’ve lived in. The conclusion: I’m a Pennsylvania girl through and through. That’s where I first learned to speak English. A few notable exceptions in my English didn’t conform with the Pennsylvania standard, though:
- I say “caramel” with three syllables, not two. Must be that Southern influence!
- I say “pajamas” like a Southerner, too.
- A lot of Pennsylvania seems to say “merry,” “marry,” and “Mary” the same, but I say all three differently. (I never realized that there are people who say them all the same – to me, those are three different vowels represented in those words!)
Do you conform to the pronunciation and vocabulary in the area you’re from?