Speaking American

Speaking American

How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk : A Visual Guide

eBook - 2016
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Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? In 2013, Josh Katz accumulated and visually mapped over 350,000 unique survey responses to questions about word choice and pronunciation throughout America. His dialect quiz quickly became the most viewed webpage in the history of the New York Times. In Speaking American, Katz offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular -- who says what, and where they say it -- revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and our language.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Nov 08, 2018

A quick read that uses colorful graphics to visually map our U.S. regional word choices and speech patterns, delving into divisions, East-to-West settlement flows, oddities, and tips on speaking like a native from a particular state. If you like language, history, American culture, data visualization, wonder if Washingtonians call carbonated beverages “soda” or “pop”, or why your new colleague calls the sprinkles on ice cream, “jimmies”, this will be an interesting read. The book would be a fun read-along for kids as an introduction to data visualization. Nitpick: a couple of the graphics use text that is too light to read easily against darker-hued background.

coloradobuck Jun 04, 2018

Fun, informative, and interesting book about what we call something based on where we are located in the US. I found it to be ACCURATE and found that it made for a VERY interesting conversation starter!

ArapahoeHannah Dec 26, 2017

Talk about a fun read! I was so fascinated by the history and the reasoning behind our complex language.

Oct 19, 2017

Informative. Now I have proof that most of the country doesn't pronounce "crawfish" correctly...

kkoenigc Aug 23, 2017

I have always been captivated by the different accents, pronunciations and slang of Americans across the country. This book is just delightful and fascinating. I absorbed every page!

ArapahoeFelicia Aug 09, 2017

Fascinating and informative! This book is a lot of fun, and every page will capture your attention with colored maps and fun tidbits. It's amazing the many ways we say the same thing across the country.

ArapahoeRachel Jul 08, 2017

It was a lot of fun to see how the cultures of the USA have created their own dialects. The infographics provided most of the details, but it was a pleasure to reflect on my own dialect and just how much variety exists among the subcultures in America.

May 17, 2017

I used to wonder what the difference between green onions and scallions was. I now know it's a matter of geography.

ArapahoeKati May 01, 2017

Looking for a book to spark conversation? You've found it. Absolutely fascinating to see how the country speaks and how language changes. (And for the record, it's a bubbler, not a water fountain.)

Jan 20, 2017

A picture book for adults, and probably best read and enjoyed with people from other parts of the country. I’m a “you guys, roly-poly, semi, crawdad, drinking fountain, lightning bug” sort of a guy, which only makes sense if you read the book, and pegs me as a speaker from southeast and east central Kansas. A light, entertaining book so give it a look.

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