Let’s do a quick test: in your mind, count the number of syllables in the word ‘caramel’ before letting us reveal where you’re from. If you say that this word consists of three syllables, our guess is that you grew up either on the East Coast of the United States or in Texas.
The rest of the country would only count two syllables in the name for this delicious treat, pronouncing it as ‘car-ml’. The map below lets you inspect the distribution of this odd word across the United States.
How many syllables are there in the word 'caramel'?
Now let’s do another one: what do you call the device that produces a small jet of water for drinking? You know the one, it’s especially common in schools. If you answered ‘bubbler’, then we can say with certainty that you’re either from Wisconsin or New England.
In the rest of the country, people call the same device a drinking fountain or a water fountain, depending on where they grew up. The map below shows in detail which regions of the country are committed to which version.
Isn’t it fascinating how a name for an object or the way you pronounce a specific word can reveal so much about you? Regional word variations are not an exact science, but they are a lot of fun. After all, they allow you to spot where the person is from, even if they don’t have a heavy accent. As you will be able to see in the maps below, Americans are quite divided about the way they call common objects, be it soft drinks, footwear, or insects.
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Source of all images: Imgur
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