Saturday, November 02, 2002

how do you say "lawyer" and other questions

A Dialect Survey from Harvard University is asking how you pronounce certain words, and other questions, including which words you use for particular objects. They are taking the results and putting them on maps of the USA. Some sample questions:
What do you call the area of grass between the sidewalk and the road?

What do you call the long sandwich that contains cold cuts, lettuce, and so on?

What is the distinction between dinner and supper?
And, of course, the correct way of saying "lawyer" is to rhyme the "law" part with "boy," and not with "saw." The rest of you just have funny accents.

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