Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Y'all, youse, and you guys must get this book right away

Unless you live under a rock, you're likely aware that the dialect quiz that Josh Katz, Wilson Andrews, and Eric Buth built in 2013 is the most viewed page ever in the history of NYTimes.com. Katz has just published a book, Speaking American: How Ya'll, Youse, and You Guys Talk, that highlights some of the most interesting, funny, and entertaining facts. I received my copy yesterday and I've been browsing it for several hours. It's making me really happy.

Besides tons of maps, the book includes advice on how to pretend you're from different cities and regions. I'm applying these teachings, beginning with Wisconsin. I'm now pronouncing the state name Wi-scon-sin, rather than Wis-con-sin...

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