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Where’s the “Yinz?”

The latest link I’ve seen making its way around the internet is a list of 22 maps that shows how terminology and pronunciation vary throughout the country.

http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6#

Looking through the map, it’s clear to see that Pittsburgh proudly shows the nation the correct way to say things. The generic term for a carbonated beverage is “pop.” The long sandwich that contains cold cuts, lettuce, and so on is a “hoagie.”

But when it comes to the question of “What do you call a group of two or more people?”…something is wrong. YINZ ISN’T AN OPTION!!! How can this now-questionable “authority” claim to represent the country without presenting every option? Makes me want to ask “What’s wrong with YINZ?!?!”yinz

OK, seriously now…these maps are pretty fascinating, so take a look through to see how strangely the rest of our country talks.

NOTE: At the end of the slideshow, there’s a link to the full 122-question survey with the disclaimer that only the top four answers are shown on the group map. Trying all of the links in the disclaimer, I found the original map provided where both “yinz” and “you’uns” are options. I bet if the survey combined the two, our beloved region would be proudly represented on the group map. Maybe next year, Pittsburgh!

122 Question Survey

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_50.html

Original Map

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_50.html

Elisabeth

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