The Final Answer on How to Pronounce "Pecan"

Bert Vaux studies linguistics at the University of Cambridge and recently created a survey of 122-linguistic based questions and gathered responses from 11,500 people across the country. He then sent the files over to Joshua Katz at the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, who created these fascinating charts that "interpolate" how we all say things based on our geographic location.

Fortunately the maps are color-coded so we don't have to Google words like interpolate.

Click through for mayonnaise ("man-aze"), caramel ("carra-mel"), Coke (the word for cabonated beverages, crawfish (not "crayfish") and Thanksgiving (THANKSgiving).

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.