By Steven Wiley | June 11, 2013 at 09:55 AM EDT | No Comments
If you needed legal representation, would you hire a "law-yer" or a "loyer"? According to this map, your pronunciation likely depends on your location. The pronunciation "loyer" is prevalent throughout most of the country, with "law-yer" used more throughout the south and parts of the plains states.
Personally, I believe that I use the "law-yer" pronunciation. "Law-yer" appears to be the predominant pronunciation throughout southern and central West Virginia and east into Virginia, with "loyer" gaining more popularity into Hampton Roads, northern Virginia and northern West Virginia, all of which appear to be split between pronunciations.
How about you?