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Speaking American: How Y'All, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

Speaking American: How Y'All, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

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From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language.

Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? When Josh Katz released his interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times in 2013, it became the most viewed page in the paper's history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.

How do you pronounce pecan? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn?

The answers to these questions -- and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it -- are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves.

For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking American is an irresistible feast of American regional speech.

Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 09/01/2020
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.95lbs
Size: 9.40h x 10.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780358359937

About the Author
JOSH KATZ, a graphics editor at the New York Times, holds a master's degree in statistics from North Carolina State University. His passion for data visualization led him to develop the statistical algorithm underlying the now-famous New York Times dialect quiz and maps.

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