Pass the PEE-can (or is it pee-KAHN?) pie


Video by The Atlantic

Forty million Americans are driving to their Thanksgiving meals this year, perhaps traveling to different regions of the country from which they’re from or currently live. All this traveling is bound to result in some mixed-accent tables this holiday.

Drawing on Harvard professor Bert Vaux’s 2003 Dialect Survey, The Atlantic called people around the country to hear how they pronounce certain words in the American vernacular whose pronunciation is disputed. They recorded the responses and layered them over North Carolina State University graduate student Joshua Katz’s heat maps of Vaux’s data.