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Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 02:09 PM
Regional Varieties of English in the United States of America and Canada:



Saturday, July 2nd, 2005, 10:24 PM
Very good link. So many people think Americans talk a specific way and they don't realize that it depends on where in America you are from. We have different accents, pronunciations, colloquialisms, etc. I had an individual message me one day and mention that he wants to learn to talk like an American. After I did my best to explain some differences to him, I don't think he was interested in speaking like an American anymore. :P

I had a roomate once from Wisconsin who carried a "beg" and drank from a "bubbler." Obviously, the first word "beg" is simply her accented word for "bag," or what we call a backpack. "Bubbler" is an entirely different word altogether-- what we call a drinking fountain, water fountain, etc. A very common difference is the words "soda," "pop," and "coke." Essentially-- they are all the same!!! The difference lies in where you live. In places where they drink pop, a "soda" to their definition is like a pop with icecream-- or what soda drikers call an ice-cream float. In another thread on Skadi, we once discussed the difference between Ya'll and Yous. :lol