For a few months in 2013, inspired by some older surveys, I ran a survey online to collect some data on American regional dialects.

The results grew into a few different things — a book and the New York Times dialect quiz — but both of those were built from the more than 350,000 people who filled out the old, janky dialect survey that fall.

So, thanks to all y’all who filled it out. Here’s a sample of some of the results:

1. How do you pronounce aunt?
with the vowel in ah
to sound like ant
with the vowel in caught
I have the same vowel in ah, caught, and aunt
2. How do you pronounce been?
with the vowel in sit
with the vowel in set
3. How do you pronounce caramel?
with 2 syllables (car-ml)
with 3 syllables (carra-mel)
4. How do you pronounce crayon?
with one syllable—rhymes with man
with two syllables—sounds like cray-ahn
with two syllables, where the second syllable rhymes with dawn
sounds like crown
6. How do you pronounce the words Mary, merry and marry?
all three are pronounced the same
all three are pronounced differently
Mary and merry are pronounced the same, but marry is different
Mary and marry are pronounced the same, but merry is different
7. How do you pronounce the second syllable of pajamas?
with the vowel in jam
with the vowel in palm
9. How would you address a group of two or more people?
you all
yous / youse
you guys
yinz
you
y’all
11. What do you call the area of grass between the sidewalk and the road?
berm
parking
tree lawn
terrace
curb strip
beltway
verge
I have no word for this
12. What do you call the area of grass in the middle of some streets?
boulevard
traffic island
island
neutral ground
I have no word for this
median or other
14. What do you call the insect that flies around in the summer and glows in the dark?
lightning bug
firefly
I use lightning bug and firefly interchangeably
19. What do you call a big road on which you drive relatively fast?
highway
freeway
expressway
throughway/thru-way
a freeway is bigger than a highway
a freeway has limited access (no stop lights, no intersections), whereas a highway can have stop lights and intersections
20. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
sunshower
the devil is beating his wife
I have no term or expression for this
22. What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle?
rotary
roundabout
circle
traffic circle
I have no word for this
23. Do you call the sweet spread that is put on a cake frosting or icing?
frosting
icing
frosting and icing refer to different things
both
24. What is the distinction between dinner and supper?
supper is an evening meal; dinner is eaten earlier
supper is an evening meal; dinner is the main meal
dinner takes place in a more formal setting than supper
there is no distinction; they both have the same meaning
I don’t use the word supper
25. What do you call the small road parallel to the highway?
frontage road
service road
access road
feeder road
we have them but I have no word for them
I’ve never heard of this concept
28. What do you call a traffic jam caused by drivers slowing down to look at an accident or other diversion on the side of the road?
rubberneck
rubbernecking
rubbernecking is the activity that causes the traffic jam
gapers’ block
gapers’ delay
Lookie Lou
curiosity delay
gawk block
I have no word for this
29. What do you call the night before Halloween?
gate night
trick night
mischief night
cabbage night
goosy night
devil’s night
devil’s eve
I have no word for this
30. What do you call a drive-through liquor store?
brew thru
party barn
beer barn
beverage barn
we have these in my area, but we have no special term for them
I have never heard of such a thing