Linguistics Roadshow maps words across the nation

WORD DEBATE: Is is a potato scallop or a potato cake? That depends where you live.
WORD DEBATE: Is is a potato scallop or a potato cake? That depends where you live. Will Hunter

IS IT an ice block or an icy pole?

Do you call swimwear togs, swimmers or bathers? 

That depends on where you live.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are on a mission to find out how Australian colloquialisms differ across the country.

Their efforts have been compiled in the Linguistics Roadshow, a snapshot of the Australian vocabulary.

Researchers asked participants in areas across the country which words they use to describe certain food, clothing and other objects.  

The responses have been charted on an interactive map, highlighting the unique language differences across Australia.

For instance, Victorians refer to the deep-fried potato snack typically known as a potato scallop in Queensland as a potato cake.

More than 20,000 Australian residents have responded to the survey.

Find out what Australians differ in their descriptions of swimwear and more on the Linguistics Roadshow website.

Australians can also add to the word map through the online survey.

Topics:  australia words

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