Speaking American by Josh Katz
How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

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From the creator of the New York Times dialect quiz that ignited conversations about how and why we say the words we say, a stunning and delightful exploration of American language

Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? In December 2013, Josh Katz released an interactive dialect quiz in the New York Timesthat became the most viewed page in the paper's history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.

How do you pronounce "pecan"? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn?

The answers to these questions—and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it—are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves.

For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leavesand How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking Americanis an irresistible feast of American regional speech.

This Print Replica Kindle ebook maintains the rich formatting and layout of the print edition while enabling readers to zoom and pan on the highly detailed images. This advanced format is designed for Kindle Fire tablets and cannot be read on Kindle e-readers (including the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Voyage) or with some Kindle apps. See the "Available on these devices" link below for a full list of supported devices and apps.


About Josh Katz

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JOSH KATZ was born and raised in South Jersey, where he ate hoagies, wore sneakers, and celebrated Mischief Night. After graduating from the North Carolina State University Department of Statistics, he began work as a graphics editor with the New York Times, where his work has focused on finding patterns in data and turning them into stories. He lives in New York.
Published October 25, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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