Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's a Regional Thang

One thing that has always interested me is the way people from different regions say certain things. You would expect that those with different accents would probably pronounce words a bit differently, but knowing that some of my friends from the North and South have completely different words for common objects sometimes takes me by surprise. I began to really realize this when I went away to college and had friends represented from all over the country and around the world. But since then the internet has really opened up this idea even more, and sometimes, it can cause big problems!

I've mentioned before that I belong to some message boards with other moms that are literally from all corners of the world. While it's super neat to get different prospectives on things, sometimes it's hard to convey ideas via the internet, especially when some words or phrases that are perfectly normal in some places are totally offensive in others. I've seen more than one little spat break out over a misunderstanding in language. And the funny part is, it's not just people from different countries having these misunderstandings, but people from just a few states away. :) (Last week one woman described something someone did as "country" and whew, did that cause some problems, haha.)

So I've found several regional dialect "tags" from all over the internet and thought it would be fun to do a blog post about it. Most of you live near me and probably say many of the same words I do, but if you live in another part of the country I can almost bet that we would look at each other cross-eyed on some of these things. :) If you blog, feel free to do this yourself. And then let me know! I'd love to know which things we say differently. :)


In case you didn't know, I'm representing the Midwest today - the southern part of that green portion to be exact. Cause I guarantee that the northern part and I do NOT agree on some of these. :) 

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1. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
Where I come from, we call that TP'ing. :)

2. What is the name for the bug that rolls up into a ball when you touch it?
That would be a roly poly. 

3. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
Soda. Not pop. Not coke. Soda. 

4. What do you call gym shoes?
Tennis shoes

5. What do you call your grandparents?
Grandma and Grandpa

6. What do you call the wheeled contraption used to carry groceries in at the supermarket?
That would be a grocery CART. (Not a buggy. This one cracks me up.)

7. What do you call the thing that changes the TV channel?
The remote control. 

8. What is the third meal of the day?
In our house, it is dinner. I know a lot of people in our area call it "supper."

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What are each of these things called?


This is a "roundabout." I know there are several words for this one, including "rotary." But to me a rotary is a type of phone used in the 1980's, haha.


Sprinkles. I didn't know until yesterday there was any other name for these things.


Overalls


Water fountain. (Not a bubbler. That one also cracks me up.)


This is a dollar. Lots of my college friends called these "singles."

Couch

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How do you pronounce each of these words?
I'm going to try my best to spell these out, haha.

Aunt
Sounds like: Ant

Route
Sounds like: Rought 

Wash
Sounds like: Wash (not warsh)

Caramel
Sounds like: Carm-el

Data
Sounds like: Day-tuh

Pecan
Sounds like: Puh-con

Coupon
Sounds like: Coo-pon (not Q-pon)

Pajamas
Sounds like: Puh-jam-uhs.

Egg
Sounds like: A-gg. I know I say this wrong, haha. But when I say this, it definitely has more of an "a" sound at the beginning. 

Pillow
Sounds like: Pill-oh

Illinois
Sounds like: Ill-in-oy 

Catch
Sounds like: Cat-ch (not ketch)

Roof
Sounds like: Roo-f (not ruff)

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So what about you? Do you say things differently than me? Have any pet-peeves that drive you nutso? Haha. This is of course meant to be in all fun, I'm certainly not making fun of anyone or saying that everything I say is the right way...just what I grew up with here in the good 'ole Midwest! I just find this incredibly interesting. :)

Hope you all have a happy Tuesday! Looking forward to checking up on the baby this afternoon and FPU tonight! Peace out. 

3 comments:

Heather said...

Hahaha! This was cracking me up. I'm with you on Egg. I say it with an A sound too.

Katie said...

Saying egg without an A-sound at the beginning sounds really weird to me. So I'm with you on that one.

Ashley N. said...

oh my goodness! When we lived in Memphis this guy said "I'm gonna carry my mom to the store" What?!?! He meant it as take....totally threw me off. And in Cleveland, pop--not soda. So confusing, but then again, I guess we Midwest folks are too! :)

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