America seems to be incredibly polarized when it comes to politics – but at least the overwhelming majority of the country can agree on one thing: what to call athletic shoes.
Reader’s Digest recently released colorful maps showing what different regions of the country call everyday items. Is it “firefly” or “lightning bug”? Do you buy secondhand items at a garage sale, a yard sale, a rummage sale or a tag sale?
The maps mostly have regional variety, especially the one for carbonated beverages; the West and Northeast say “soda,” the Midwest and Northern states tend to say “pop,” and the South simply calls everything “Coke.” But the map for “athletic footwear” is nearly all one color because most of the country says “tennis shoes,” regardless of the type of shoe.
Never in my life have I been so caught off-guard by a 'regionalisms for certain terms' map. TENNIS SHOES? ALL OF YOU SAY TENNIS SHOES? pic.twitter.com/uXJWZhILed
— Elizabeth Minkel (@elizabethminkel) July 11, 2017
On Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Stu Burguiere couldn’t believe he was alone in calling athletic shoes “sneakers.” Only the Northeast and the tip of Florida call the shoes “sneakers,” with Chicago and Cincinnati getting more precise by saying “gym shoes.” The rest of the country as depicted by the map wears tennis shoes.
“Tennis shoes are a specific thing that they sell to play tennis in,” Stu said. “When you go in to buy basketball shoes now, you say, ‘Yeah, where are your tennis shoes’? That is absolutely crazy.”
Glenn Beck, Pat Gray and Jeffy Fisher all agreed that they would say “tennis shoes.”
“Where are you ‘sneaking’?” Pat asked. “I’m not.”