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:
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
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