Featured Chart: Linguistic Geography of Bubbler vs. Water Fountain

This week’s chart is a visu­al­iza­tion of usage for “Water Foun­tain” vs. Drink­ing Foun­tainvs. “Bub­bler”. Water foun­tain pre­dom­i­nates in the south and north­east, while drink­ing foun­tain in the west. “Bub­ble” is regional in the upper Midwest.

Water Fountain vs Bubbler

The inter­ac­tive appli­ca­tion is avail­able from Joshua Katz a PhD can­di­date in sta­tis­tics at NC State. There are a vari­ety of usage cases which can be visu­al­ized with this tool (pop vs. soda, milk shake vs. frappé). Sim­i­lar types of lin­guis­tic geog­ra­phy were done by Hans Kurath in Lin­guis­tic Geog­ra­phy of the United States, described in this blog post which shows “bucket vs. pail”.

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