Soda or pop? Maps show lingual divide among Americans

A series of shaded maps put together by a researcher at North Carolina State University shows the lingual divide among Americans in a series of words and phrases.

From the preference of "pop" or "soda" to the pronunciation of "syrup" and dozens of others in between, regional accents and dialects are shown in the maps.

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Among the most interesting findings in Dr. Joshua Katz' study, as noted by the Business Insider:

The pronunciation of "caramel" starts disregarding vowels once you go west of the Ohio River
Residents of the far north have an oddly Canadian way of pronouncing "been"
Everyone knows that the Midwest calls it "pop," the Northeast and West Coast call it "soda," while the South is really into brand loyalty.

The Business insider collected a batch of 22 of what they called "the coolest" of the maps here For the full set, visit

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