http://www.tekstlab.uio.no/cambridge_survey/, There is no option for "ginger".... not impressed ;-). And then we're not specifying what kind of thing it is, so "Take 5". Crisp definition is - easily crumbled : brittle. 'Greasy' was burgers/fries/bike-chains, and 'greezy' was reserved for people like that 'uninvited back-rub guy'. I mean "Do each of you people here own a car?". Then there's another phenomenon that in language history so far has only happened to English: There are more non-native speakers than native speakers. In several places I've lived pretty much all limited access highways were also interstates, so the term most often used was "interstate". Huh, I learned about singular y'all about 15 years ago by someone from Dallas who used "all y'all" to address groups. --"the 395" wouldn't sound right at all, but neither would "405". in English with http://aschmann.net/AmEng/index_collection/AmericanEnglishDi... http://www.radiolab.org/story/yall-youse-yinz/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8mzWkuOxz8. Thanks. Still many still have a recognisably Dutch accent. I've got Sweet Tea and Cokes in the fridge." See: south of Toronto and south of Guelph. California in this way at the moment. "pin" == "pen" : http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/81929757765/cather-wren-... "soda" vs "pop" vs "coke": http://popvssoda.com/. It took several decades for Southern California locals to start to also commonly refer to the freeways with the numerical designations, but the usage of the definite article persisted. But if I listen to how someone speaks, no matter if they're fifteen or fifty, I can tell whether they're from here.). On the "soda vs pop vs coke" question, as a child I would have never used any of those words. Bit surprised she isn't magnetic. Can a non-American native speaker maybe chime in how this works in other dialects? They say itmore like tocko than tacko like Brits do. Whereas "Tawnic" would have a longer vowel. Many of my in-laws are from the East Bay, so I have something of a window into these issues. No doubt your explanation is historically correct, but I like his. Probably QGIS if you are doing something data driven and want a big image as output (especially if the source data has geographic coordinates associated with it). I know HN hates humor but I couldn't help but laugh at the irony. As mentioned elsewhere in the thread, I made a bit of a study in accents, dialects, and colloquialisms. Growing up, I knew what "soft drink" meant and understood the distinction, but nobody among my family & friends used that phrase. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 15.2 (2010): 3. International Phonetic Alphabet; English Phonology However, we typically follow different pronunciation rules for words of foreign origin, and since "tuple" is of Latin origin, we pronounce it "tuppel". Maybe the Americans posting on this thread are talking about the second usage? To ultra-pedant it up, generally only odd prefix digits indicate a spur (only connects to the prefixed highway in one spot), where even numbers indicate a bypass or beltway (which intersect the main highway multiple times). English is a notoriously difficult language for non-native speakers to learn. While traveling recently, I was in Billings was discussing with a bartender about the local dialect and where various boundaries of production were and pulled up this map. Given the context the definite article seems unneeded to my ears. I can remember reading something in Encarta 95 about it. My accent is very apparent to me now, and it's made me appreciate all the flavors and refrain from stereotyping. A particularly interesting part of this map is the difference in accents between parts of the south which had plantations and slaves, and the parts of the south that didn't. Crowdsourced audio pronunciation dictionary for 89 languages, with meanings, synonyms, sentence usages, translations and much more. In the Piedmont, we said "drink." I do recall there being a "spicy" variant a few years ago that did taste a bit like ginger but, as I can't stand Irn Bru at the best of times, I don't recall the details. Where I grew up in the mid-west, we really only had Interstates and regular roads and did say I80 and never, "the 80". We also use the word "juice", which I feel reflects badly on our diet. Though more commonly I would say "something to drink".
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