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Soda or Pop? How Well Do You Know Your American Dialects?

Of course the United States doesn't have an official language — Americans can't even agree on one version of English!

Luckily the Dictionary of American Regional English is here to document the words that you don't hear everywhere in the US. Did you know "discomgollifusticated" is how some New Englanders say "discombobulated?"

I've rounded up some sample regional phrases so you can test your dialect smarts. Good luck!


Soda or Pop? How Well Do You Know Your American Dialects?

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prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
ahaha i live in WI & never heard someone say son of a biscuit
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Interesting that a slang term is used to refer to another slang term?
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
3/5... interesting!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
My aunt's from NC and she says "son of a biscuit" and "what in the ham samich" (sandwhich)!! lol
alangley alangley 8 years
I live in Sprinfield, MO-the center of Southwest MO and I have never heard dust bunnies called 'death balls'.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
didn't do so well, it could be because i've never heard of any of these terms except for son of a biscut lol. i agree with the above, how big are their dust bunnies??
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I specifically did not pick Texas as the answer for the son of a biscuit one because I think Texans have no problem cussing whenenver they damn well feel like it lol. And I knew it wasn't NY so Wisconsin it is. I thought I'd heard before about an iron man being a dollar but then I second guessed myself. and the tornado one just seemed obvious to me lol I guess too obvious.
king2x king2x 8 years
4/5 and i'm from the Philippines. haha
ccpdm ccpdm 8 years
2/5 - I definitely know what cockroach killers are! BTW, in Texas, we don't say pop or soda. Everything is coke!!
eveday eveday 8 years
*Here in Brazil, I mean.
eveday eveday 8 years
2/5. But I'm Brazilian (and live here).
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I remember the day I found out sik was a good thing. That was funny.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
3/5 and I only got the one from Wisconsin because my friend from there said that yesterday.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
margokhal margokhal 8 years
LOL "son of a biscuit"? I'd really like to go to Wisconsin and hear somebody say that! I got it right, I live in Texas and I know we have absolutely no problem with saying "son of a bitch" around here! Oh, those cowboys... ;)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
4/5. I have good guessing skills.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"iron man referred to a silver dollar, not a paper dollar" That's what I was thinking too.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I'm from Wisconsin and never heard the phrase son of a biscuit anywhere before! I thought it sounded like something Hannah Montana would say so I picked Texas!
four-eyes four-eyes 8 years
I'm from Maine and I've never heard the phrase "monkey's wedding".
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
death balls: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if God doesn't get you the devil must. ;-)
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
5/5, but there was one error. iron man referred to a silver dollar, not a paper dollar, at least it did when I was growing up.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I'm also from Texas, and people here DO say son of a biscuit. We say it the other way too, but the point is that I've definitely heard it.
KMattes KMattes 8 years
Son of a biscuit, I only got 2 right!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I'm from Texas and even I assumed 'Son of a biscuit' was a Texas phrase.
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