Soda or Pop? Maps of Regional Food Dialects

Soda or Pop? Maps of Regional Food Dialects

Pecan. Do you pronounce it pee-KAHN or PEE-can? Is that fizzy beverage called soda, pop, coke, or a soft drink? Crawfish, crayfish, crawdad, or critter I don't have a name for? Travel around the United States and you'll find a number of differences in the words people use for all kinds of food and drink, which one linguistics student has compiled into a series of fun and fascinating maps. Take a look and learn a new pronunciation — or even an entirely new word!

My own native Southern California food dialect matches the maps; I say soda, crawfish, pee-KAHN, and I don't say slaw when I mean coleslaw. Having a husband from Massachusetts, I know what a cruller is, but I would never use the word myself. We eat bear claws out here in the West, and put frosting on our cakes, not icing. But what the heck is a brew thru?

See  Pecan, Caramel, Crawfish: Food Dialect Maps at The Atlantic
See the original  Dialect Survey Maps and Results by Joshua Katz

Do you know of any food words that are unique to where you live?

(Images: Joshua Katz/The Atlantic)

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