In the United States, glowing insects are known as “fireflies” or “lightning bugs” depending on where you live. “Firefly” is the more common term in the West and New England, while people in the South and most of the Midwest tend to say “lightning bug.” There’s an interesting theory to […]
In the film “Sorry to Bother You,” a black telemarketer finds success only after he starts speaking in a “white voice.” The movie is rooted in science – linguists have long known that minorities face discrimination based on the sound of their voice. One linguist tried responding to local apartment […]
Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can’t seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to […]
In every language there are phrases that don’t translate well. Dialect expert and YouTube star Korean Billy told Business Insider listed some British words people from outside the UK struggle to understand. He said his Korean mates can’t quite grasp “codswallop,” for one. In every language, there are phrases that […]
People in the American South have one of the most famous dialects in the United States, from their distinctive drawl to the versatile pronoun “y’all.” And there are some things Southerners say differently from the rest of the US. Southern vocabulary can be confusing to outsiders, especially when a common […]
Southern Americans are well known for their distinctive dialect of English. From its country twang to its unique vocabulary, there is a lot that sets Southern English apart from other US dialects. Graphic designer Joshua Katz mapped some of the most distinctive elements of Southern English in 2013 using data […]
Tea and crumpets.
VIDEO: Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, shares her favourite regional saying.
VIDEO: From "wah" to "why."
My oh my.