How the States Got Their Shapes

Season 1 Episode 10

Mouthing Off

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 12, 2011 on The History Channel
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Accents and language are probably the most obvious signifiers of where one hails from on the map. The use of common words, phrases and pronunciations tends to forge an identity that can cross, circumvent and undermine traditional borders. Southern accents, California slang, regional words like pop or soda or soda pop - all tend to bond a group of people with a sense of family togetherness, and clearly identify outsiders.


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