How Your Word Choice Gives Away Your ZIP Code

Nov 15, 2016

Maybe you've visited one of those web quiz pages that asks you about some word choices, then tells you--often accurately--where you're from. 

Listen to the word choices for the regional clues.
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The quiz works because people DO use different phrases and idioms in different parts of the country. 

A "hero" sandwich in New York is a "grinder" in nearby Connecticut. 

Josh Katz focuses on the regional variations in his book "Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide." 

We talk to the author and try not to give away where we're from.  
 

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