Saturday, March 3, 2012

"Yo" in the valleys but "Hoit" in the hills

The Grey Lady reports on the completion of the Dictionary of American Regional English, just in time for the social media-driven de-regionalizing to begin, seems to us. Moreover, vis à vis the accuracy of the Twitter-generated soda/pop/Coke map, linguistic field research indicates cargo-cult usage of "pop" in and around the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, whereas in the land-locked West Thirdfloorian Republic, in cases where Coke is the specific referent, "St. Jerome's Bugjuice". (Mutually understood in the East Thirdfloorian Republic, but not common usage there.)

Update: Criminals, gypsies, women, food, social diseases...they got it all:  the Urban Dictionary of 1811 is up on Gutenberg.

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