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Survey: regionalisms

The conflicting answers are due to the fact that my formative years were split between New England and Colorado with a healthy smattering of Mexican/SoCal influence. Heh.

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? Creek.

2. The thing you push around the grocery store? Shopping cart. Occasionally when I'm not thinking, I'll tell Himself to get a carriage and he looks confused.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in? Lunchbox. Want to see my collection?

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? Frying pan.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? Sofa or couch.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? Gutter.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? Porch.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? Soda.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? Pancake.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself? Grinder, though I'm moving to sub at a snail's pace since the local Quizno's is used to me.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? Trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports? Tennies, slowly becoming sneakers.

13. Putting a room in order? Cleaning up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark? Firefly.

15. The little insect (arthropod) that curls up into a ball? Roly-poly.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? Seesaw.

17. How do you eat your pizza? Depending on how thick the crust is, I either fold it in half and eat it tip first, or eat it unfolded tip-first. Mom's pizza requires a fork because the toppings will overwhelm the crust if you pick it up.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? Garage sale, yard sale or rummage sale, depending on the size/location.

19. What's the evening meal? Dinner.


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Dec. 5th, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC)
Pretty much all the same for me, except I tend to use "Sub" rather than "Grinder"; "soda" and "pop" are pretty much interchangeable, but I prefer "soda"; "trunks" I suppose -- depends though -- if it's just short-pants, then "shorts", if it's short-pants-designed-for-swimming-in, then "Swimming Trunks", or just "trunks", or sometimes "swimsuit" (although I think that tends to be more of the female-one-piece type swimsuit.); "Tennies" is usually "Tennis Shoes" for me, although Brian Wilson would agree with you ("I tried to kick the ball and my tennie flew right off" - Vegetables); "Cleaning Up" or "Straightening Up", very rarely "tidy up"; Usually "roly-poly bug" or sometimes "potato bug" (although I'm not sure if Potato Bugs are the ones that Roll Up or the ones that look exactly like the rolling up kind that don't actually roll up. I believe the non-rolling-rolypolies are Stink Bugs instead of/in adddition to Potato Bugs.).

I'm trying to remember the other word people might use for "gutter"... draught? Somethin'. I don't know. (I'm pretty sure that one's not just a trick, like, y'know "What do you call a four legged canine usually kept as a pet?")

Aw, man, Cartoon Network just went into Dual SAP/English feeds split across the speakers. That's annoying. At least I'm closer to the English Speaker.
Dec. 5th, 2003 09:22 pm (UTC)
Also: The Spanish Fred Flintstone sounds much, much more evil. Like he's about to go kick some dinosaur-puppies or something and sell poisoned mastodon-milk to school-cavechildren.
Dec. 5th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
Grinder is very New England. As in, I go to D'Angelo's for their pastrami grinder although my favorite pastrami anywhere is from Ari's in Los Angeles.

I think the other word used for gutter is rainspout; I spotted it in someone's comment to another LJer's post of the survey.
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