The Buzz: Only in Rhode Island

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Do you say “bubbler?” How about “rotary?” A collection of illustrated maps has pinpointed exactly how speech varies across the country.

Graphic designer Josh Katz compiled the entries of hundreds of thousands of New York Times readers who entered his popular dialect quiz to produce them.

The quiz, which became the newspaper’s most viewed page, was based on the Harvard Dialect Survey.

Together they provide an illustration of the way Americans’ speech varies and form Katz’s book, Speaking American.

What are some words or phrases that you would only hear in Rhode Island or New England?