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Regional Delights

Awesome survey gacked from firehorse. This is more than a meme -- it's a translation tool for all those "What the hell are you talking about" regional and international moments. It's hard though; a lot of things I grew up saying, I habitually translate for people who I know are expecting another word.

Age: 30
Where did you grow up? Northwest Indiana, US, though I went to college in southern Indiana and my grandfather grew up there, so I picked up some of that dialect too, I imagine.

ETA more, because nostalgia_lj had new ones.

What do I call...

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

Er. A ditch, if it's not much more that two feet deep, 2 or 3 feet wide. A creek if it's deeper, wider, or has visibly running water. I didn't grow up with any creeks in my immediate area though, so that's me thinking about it now, vs. an instinctive answer.

2. What's the thing you push around the grocery store?

Shopping cart.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in?

Lunch box.

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

Frying pan -- though if it's cast-iron or if my meal is served in it a la Denny's, then it's a skillet.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people?


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


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

Porch. If it's completely enclosed by glass instead of open to the weather, it's a sunroom.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages?

Pop, though here in Indianapolis they tend to say soda, and that's what I tend to say in a restaurant anywhere that's not my hometown, since most people seem to understand it.

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

Pancakes. Or, I suppose, crepes if they're rolled.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?


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

Swim trunks or just trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports?

Tennis shoes. (Tennies, when I was little.) Sneakers are a very specific kind of tennis shoe - the flat canvas ones with very little fancy rubber cushioning stuff on the soles. ETA again because [Unknown LJ tag] reminded me: gymshoes.

13. Putting a room in order?

Cleaning. Or straightening up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark?

Lightning bugs.

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

Pill bugs, though we didn't have those in my area, so I learned it from maeyan. ETA - or "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?

Teeter-totter. Though my grandpa called it a seesaw.

17. How do you eat your pizza?

Is there really another way besides pointy-end-first? Unless it's a small frozen pizza that's not sliced, in which case just biting into the edges and chomping one's way through it.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?

Yard or garage sale. Fairly interchangeably. If you're being really anal, if it's out in the yard, it's a yard sale, and if it's in the garage, it's a garage sale.

19. What's the evening meal?

Dinner or supper. Supper is always the evening meal. Dinner can be a synonym for supper, or sometimes a late lunch. Lunch is always midday meal.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

Basement. And in our case, the only functioning bathroom.

21. That plant that kids throw at each other because it sticks to clothing?

Uh... Don't think we have those. I guess it'd be a burr of some sort. Cockle or sand.

22. Those little balls of froth on plants in spring, which contain some moth or other's eggs?

Uh. I don't think we have a word for it.

23. Girls' lower-half underwear?

Underpants, underwear, or panties. Underpants is a bit childish.

24. Boys' lower-half underwear?

Underpants, underwear, or undershorts/shorts. Underpants is a bit childish.

24. The cloth you had when you were little and always slept with, and perhaps sucked your tongue with?

I didn't have one, but it's a blankey.

25. Warm knitted top typically made of wool?

Sweater. No matter the type, though if pressed to differentiate, the kind that goes over your head is a pullover, and the kind you button up is a cardigan.

26. Baked in an oven, made of flour, butter, an egg, milk:

Cake. There's another word?

27. A single thistledown seed flying free.

Hayfever. Er. Just kidding. Cotton fluff, sometimes.

28. Place where you. Er. You know. Use the euphemism:

Bathroom in a home. Restroom in a public place.

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Fun fun


2003-12-04 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

So far I haven't seen any variation at all on gutter, lunch box, and shopping cart

karenbear calls shopping carts trolleys. heehee. Brittish people are funny.

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2003-12-04 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Added question:

"Potato Bug": cute little round thing that rolls up into a ball, or GIANT EVIL FUCKER WITH BIG GLISTENING EYES?

(We've been discussing this in my journal.)


2003-12-04 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Big evil fucker. The other things are pill bugs.

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2003-12-04 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tennis shoes. (Tennies, when I was little.) Sneakers are a very specific kind of tennis shoe - the flat canvas ones with very little fancy rubber cushioning stuff on the soles.

Really? *blink* I think of it as exactly the other way around . . . didn't know that was a regional thing.


2003-12-04 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yup. Though I'm pretty aware that "tennis shoes" as the all encompassing term for "athletic shoes" is very regional.


2003-12-04 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Another question:

Flat shoes with a strip of material (plastic, fabric, elastic, etc.) that goes across the top of your foot and betwixt your big and first toe?

Zoris - my mom.
Flip-flops - California.
Slippers - Hawai'i.

What do they call them on the east coast?

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2003-12-04 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Flip-flops or thongs. Though since thong bikinis and thong underwear became so fashionable, not so much with the thongs anymore.

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2003-12-04 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

The pizza thing was probably aiming for things like folding it in half, which would be the New York method, or knife and fork which would be Chicago style (or so I'm told, never having been to Chicago).


2003-12-04 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gotcha on the folding thing -- that's because your pizza slices are cut huge!

I grew up in the Chicago area, but not actually in Chicago, so I may have missed out on the knife and fork thing. But I don't remember ever even seeing anyone eat pizza with a knife and fork in a commercial, and all our tv was from Chicago. Hmm.

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2003-12-04 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

17. How do you eat your pizza?

Is there really another way besides pointy-end-first?

Well, I always start with the edges, because I don't like them that much... I do the same with pieces of cake, except when it's covered with chocolate, then I save the broad end to eat it last. I am being told though that that is weird, so it's not really a regional thing. ;-)


2003-12-04 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

You start with the crust? Doesn't that mean you have to hold it by the squishy cheesy parts?

(Me, I save the crust for last because then I can dip it in sauce)

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2003-12-06 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

English girl continues spamming your journal. (Sorry!) May I just say, trainers or plimsolls, also shopping trolley, fizzy drink, baguette, dandelion, see-saw, knickers and loo. Oh yes!

Re: Knickers!


2003-12-08 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Snerk! Yes, I was expecting my Brit friends to have a lot more varied names for this stuff. The really surprising thing is the variations from different parts of the same country!