Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed more than 30,000 people from all 50 states in the early 2000s to compile some of the starkest regional divisions in American English, from vocabulary to pronunciation.
Graphic artist Josh Katz eventually turned the results into a series of maps, and updated them for his 2016 book 'Speaking American.' The surprising data illuminate the linguistic quirks that make American English such a fascinating dialect.
Nicole Alderman wrote:It appears I'm outnumbered here. I live in probably the darkest green area on that map, and those are definitely potato bugs!
I did a Google search and found this, Lamb’s Quarters? Pigweed? Scientific Names, Please!.
In this picture from that blog post,
‘Chenopodium album’ is in hand, on the left (which we usually call lambsquarters, though some call it pigweed! or goosefoot) and ‘Amaranthus retroflexus’ is on the right, (which we usually call pigweed around here).
Jocelyn Campbell wrote: When I was in junior high (think of the emotional/maturity context of that age), a friend lived in New Zealand for a while. When she returned, she told us she was laughed at for calling the dot at the end of sentence a 'period' since that is a woman's cycle! There, if I recall, they just call them 'dots.'
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I imagine a similar map could be made for where folks call Cheno. album lambsquarters, goosefoot, or pigweed!