If anyone read my latest post, you know that I was talking about tanbark -- the stuff on the floor of the playground.
I've found that not many people outside of my area know what tanbark is, so I wanted to do a mini, "homemade" linguistics study to find out for sure. I asked people to answer a survey telling me what term they used for it.
I obviously didn't sample a large population of people, but I received answers from 17 different cities/ towns. Out of these 17, there were 3 names for the term: tanbark, wood chips and mulch.
I plotted them on a map, and while more people would definitely need surveyed (another Central PA dialect feature right there), the results are still interesting. From this basic glance and low-quality map, it looks like tanbark is a centralized term native to only Harrisburg-area residents.
Purple = wood chips
Blue = tanbark
Orange = mulch
So for those of you who are like me and from this area, I think this means we need to embrace it! And thanks to those of you who gave into my odd obsession with this word. I promise I'm done with it... for now.
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