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TODAY   |  June 06, 2013

Accents across the country: You say caramel, I say….

“Beyond ‘Soda, Pop, or Coke,’” a research project from Joshua Katz, a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University, is trending on Google after Katz composed a map showing how people in various regions of the U.S. pronounce such words as “mayonnaise” and “aunt.”

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>>> seerup?

>> syrup.

>> those are part of a new project by a ph.d. student, he's looking at regional accents across the country. for example, take a look at this word, i think we have a graphic. how do you say that word?

>> caramel. carmel.

>> i do caramel.

>> composed a map of his findings, concluded in the areas pictured here in red, people tend to say caramel.

>> no, carmel. we're on that map.

>> people shaded in blue say caramel.

>> exactly.

>> okay. give us another one.

>> let's put the word up. how do you say that word?