Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’

YouTube users across the United States have uploaded dozens of videos to demonstrate their local dialects. PostTV examined people's accents and state-specific answers to a list of questions created by Bert Vaux for a 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey. (Jonathan Elker, Kate M. Tobey and Davin Coburn/The Washington Post)

YouTube users across the United States have uploaded dozens of videos to demonstrate their local dialects. PostTV examined people’s accents and state-specific answers to an online list of common questions. (Jonathan Elker, Kate M. Tobey and Davin Coburn / The Washington Post)

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.

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