Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk, a Visual Guide / Josh Katz, 203 pp.

A charming collection of infographics detailing the geographic distribution of peculiarities of American speech; the title, for example, shows that 'you guys' covers a big swath of the country, and 'y'all' - well, we all know where that is.    Katz tells us that in a tiny slice of the country around Pittsburgh the favored expression is 'yins,' and I give him points for ferreting out that where I grew up in metro Cincinnati one says 'you all.'  You'll learn a little about American speech patterns here and a lot about the mighty power of the infographic to convey data.  Lots of fun.

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