Linguistics have always fascinated me. Why does the phrase “ya’ll” roll off of my friend from Atlanta’s tongue, but forced and awkward coming from mine? I just can’t get away with it, and instead opt for the more formal, drawn out “you all” like most of my other New York counterparts. Similarly, why do I refer to a long sandwich as a sub when my friends just an hour or two south say hoagie or grinder?
Sprinkles or jimmies? Tennis shoes or sneakers? The list goes on an on, but you can’t forget perhaps the most widely contested: soda vs. pop.
This map, which examines the regional variations in the terms used for carbonated soft drinks, stopped me in my tracks. I was so intrigued by some of the data, like the fact that in much of the South soft drinks are most commonly referred to as “coke” (maybe because Coca-Cola is headquartered there?), and even took the time to input my own location and preference.
What do you say? Is it consistent with what the map says about your region?
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