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    Here is a link to an article that discusses American dialects that might be of interest to our translators. Sub, hoagie, hero? Map shows how Americans speak English differently ( NOTE..I JUST BOUGHT A NEW COMPUTER WITH WINDOWS 8 AND I HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO SOME THINGS WITH IT YET. FOR INSTANCE I CAN'T SEEM TO CREATE A NEW PARAGRAPH BY HITTING ENTER. SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME .) "A North Carolina State University student's heat map project shows dialects across the U.S.
    While looking for ideas for his end-of-year statistics project, Joshua Katz decided to do a "smoothed version" of Bert Vaux's old dialect maps, which are based on data collected on regional dialects in the U.S., with the help of a 20-question survey that included everything from the pronunciation of "pecan" to whether "y'all" is preferred over "you."
    Katz took the existing data, and with the help of statistical algorithms, created maps that give a more complete picture of national dialect differences.
    "I've always found regional variations in dialect really fascinating," Katz says. "Language says so much about who a person is. To me, dialect is a badge of pride — it's something that says, 'This is who I am; this is where I come from.' So, just to take one example, being from South Jersey, what everyone else calls a 'sub' will for me always be a 'hoagie.'"
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    Why an English dialect be called hero? the map don't show any region Speaking "hero" dialect.

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    Ive lived in the New England and the Northwest and for me they will always be subs!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salvadorm View Post
    Why an English dialect be called hero? the map don't show any region Speaking "hero" dialect.
    Hola Salvadorm: Hero is a reference to a sandwich which is called by other names in different dialects. Go here Dialect Survey Results It is an interactive map with a list of 105 questions (upper left corner) which you can scroll through to see how words and phrases are treated in different places of the map.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amayo View Post
    Ive lived in the New England and the Northwest and for me they will always be subs!!
    Hola Amayo! Yes, and they're called subs here in Texas also. The nationwide chain Subway specializes in submarine sandwiches. I'm guessing they're called submarines (subs) due to their shape?
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    Hi Vicente! I always assumed the same as you about why they are called subs. Go subways!!

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    They should do one of Miami, there is such a diverse group of people living here from different countries etc. that the dialect must be different. That would be very interesting.

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    It's a Hoagie in my book. Here's a breakfast sandwich that's almost impossible to find outside of Jersey, a Pork Roll.

    A popular breakfast sandwich in the region made with pork roll is known as the Jersey Breakfast, a "Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese", or a "Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese." A Jersey Breakfast always contains pork roll, typically served with American cheese on a hard roll or on a bagel. It is a staple of many delis, diners, bakeries, and breakfast spots in New Jersey.

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    Hey chris! I've seen them as hoagies. Also, if my memory serves the Cuban sandwich in Miami was very similar.

    I haven't been to New Jersey in a lot of years but still remember the fantastic food in the diners around Secaucus and Newark. A guy could gain some pounds eating in them!!! haha Are diners still big there?
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    Hey Vicente,

    I been living abroad for a few years now, but sure do miss some Jersey diner food. You can definitely put on pounds if you go too often. Love Cuban sandwiches, haven't had one of them in a while. To answer your question, friends and family tell me that diners will always be big there. Secaucus, Newark.....can't believe you know these places.

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