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Old April 16th, 2004, 07:26 AM
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Default Unique words/phrases....

Do you have any words or phrases that seem to be unique to the area where you live? In Pittsburgh, we have several. Gum band is a rubber band. Red up means to clean up the house. Sweeper...is a vacuum. Thumb tack...is a push pin. How about you guys?

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Old April 16th, 2004, 07:38 AM
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Hey Mary Lou
I'm from Pittsburgh too............one correction in your last post.......
you should have asked............"How about Younz Guys!".........
From one Pittsburgher to another............Yoi!

Have a great weekend! Looks like we're finally going to have a nice one!
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Old April 16th, 2004, 08:54 AM
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In Boston, a rubber band is an elastic,,we drink tonic [coke pepsi etc], make a uey, is a U-turn...one example of this regional "speak", and i don't know exactly what part of the country says this, and I don't quite undertsand it ..when something is DRAGGED, people say something was Drugged....I am sure those people also would wonder why I call coke, tonic..That what makes the world go round....Trip
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Old April 16th, 2004, 09:29 AM
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Also what seems to be unique to the Boston area is the difference between a milkshake and a frappe. A milkshake does not have ice cream in it in Boston, in New York it does. If you want a milkshake with ice cream in Boston, you need to order a frappe. What about jimmies??? Most other places they seem to be called sprinkles.
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Old April 16th, 2004, 09:33 AM
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the latest "catch phrase" that seems to be around our state ( Trip this means us) is "wicked"
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Old April 16th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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I don't know of any unique Florida regionalisms due to the fact that most people in Florida are from somewhere else.

Being originally from Texas myself, my main regionalism is the overuse of "y'all." I have also been known to say "fixin' to" as in "I'm fixin' to go to the store," and "over yonder" as a general navigational term.

My husband is originally from Rhode Island, and he says some crazy things - like "bubbler" for water fountain, and "carriage" for shopping cart. He's so cute!

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Old April 16th, 2004, 09:48 AM
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Phrases:
On several different trips people have mentioned my repeated use of "you betcha' I think it migrated south from the land of 10,000 blonds (MikeM can testify MN is full of Norwegian, Swede)

My father being from farm stock has several phrases such as " Weghts what broke the wagon" used any time I wasn't ready to go.

"Happy as pigs in a poke" used to express his contentment.

"Up a creek without a paddle" refers to a hopeless situation

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We call Coke pop, I was an adult before I ever heard anyone call it soda.

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Old April 16th, 2004, 10:16 AM
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I grew up in MA and have always called Soda pop- Soda. Tonic must be a Boston thing, Trip. We also had bubblers and not water fountains. Frappes with ice cream and milk shakes without.

In WI one of the things people say is "I'll borrow you some.........". That one kind of gets to me. :-)

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Old April 16th, 2004, 10:43 AM
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I've from Albuquerque. I've always said thumb tac, but not the others. "Red up"? Hmmm, . My sister's favorite phrase is "Alla Vajers" which is like saying "Oh my God!" or something to that effect. I don't know if they say that in other parts of the country, but it's popular here. Can't think of any others really. Except that I wonder if people in other parts of the country know that chilie is supposed to be red or green, .

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Old April 16th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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When I first moved down South, I had to learn to "mash the button", instead of "push (or press) the button".

I could probably think of a dozen more, but I'm supposed to be working!!!

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Old April 16th, 2004, 11:42 AM
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My favoritie and still is: Fit as a Fiddle.

Others: Old stoggie, you old red neck.

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I'm from Wisconsin where we all drink from bubblers.
Have Brats' and Beer.
group of people = youz guys
isn't it = ain'a hey



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Old April 16th, 2004, 12:49 PM
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DW says “take a peep at that” and I say “I’ll take a peek”. I also have a habit of saying Hey instead of Hi.
And my favorite expression of all time is still “cool” coow-wool (2 syllables).

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Old April 16th, 2004, 01:00 PM
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Lisa Phyl, bobbie..this was taken from the boston Herald..you can relate
bubblah
pissha
down cellar
dungarees
packie..liquor store
rotary..traffic circle
3 decka..3 family house
a time..a party
so don't I /so aren't I...
scrod..generic name foe a white fish
tonic, sorry Phyl, someone in yourr family came from sodaland
american chop suey...yah huh...no suh...


http://slanguage.com/boston.html .....you can find your area's slanguage here..its fun!



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Old April 16th, 2004, 01:15 PM
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In Florida we don't fish with a bobber, we go to one for a haircut.

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Old April 16th, 2004, 01:26 PM
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In your world is a big sandwich: a hero, a sub, a submarine, a wedge or a hoagie?
How about pop, soda , soda pop or tonic?
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Old April 16th, 2004, 01:29 PM
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Mostly here its the accent. The one my husband went to college to aquire. Pure midwestern.

I speak midwestern and when I do go home it makes him crazy.

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Old April 16th, 2004, 04:41 PM
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Well 'round here, we call the big long sandwiches - subs. (and we've got lots of different sub shops to choose from (Canadian and US )
Pop is pop. The first time I heard someone ask "What kind of soda do you want with that?", I went "huh?!?!?!?!" what the heck is soda?

The other thing Ontario is famous for, is Coffee shops- we've got at least two on every corner!(well, 'surely I jest') but we've got a LOT! It's as if we Canucks just can't get enough coffee and donuts. And to make it worse, now Crispy Creme is coming up into Canada. Make my arteries harden just thinking about them donuts.
Well, at least we've got contented cops! ;-)

My boss, who is from Quebec drives me crazy with her reminders at the end of the workday - "Did I remember to 'close' the lights. Not 'durn off' the lights but 'close the lights'. I correct her every single day, but it's no use...

Oh well, just a little over a month to go...and.....I....won.' t.............caaaarrr.....anyyymorrr.......

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Erin, I can identify with your Quebec boss and "close the lights" because in French, that's the way it is said (Ferme les lumieres) -can't do that accent thing on this keyboard!
Another Quebecism is the generic term "depanneur" which refers to any corner store like Mac's or a 7-11, that is open long hours and sells beer and wine.
My husband, who is from the U.K., has all kinds of sayings, the cutest of which is "lolly-ice" for a popsicle, which he was force-feeding me on my liquid diet this past week!

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Old April 16th, 2004, 05:30 PM
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South Louisiana :

Slang you hear from the teens:

I'm Straight (means I'm alright)
That's Tight (means it's cool)
She's Phat (pretty hot and tempting)
Negative (means no way, no how
po-po- (the police)

Our language (lol):

Ya'll (you all)
aight (alright)
Nawlins (new orleans)
right cha (right here)

and mostly all cajuns end their sentence with ME:

ex: I am getting hungry me. I want to go to the movies me.

Could list more but I gotta go me.



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O.k. here goes..
Florida being there are a lot of older people here,
Blues Dudes for the ladies with blue/white hair.
"The Pond" any city across the Tampa bay bridge
spaghetti junction: the mess at I-4 and 275 interchange always under construction.
We say "y'all" a lot.
Ass-burn for asprin.
"Fitten to go," for got to get ready and leave.
"go'en south" going to Miami
"the mouse house" Going to Disney World

There's a lot more, I can't think of them.
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Old April 16th, 2004, 08:55 PM
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How bout " The whole kit and kabutle."

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Michelle,
One day when Hayley was about 6 or 7 she told me "mama, it's fixin' to rain" and all I could do was wonder when did we move to Texas?
Angela Z. who has been sitting here trying to figure out the New Jersey way to spell allright........the one where you leave out the l's and the r............
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My mother inlaw who is french canadien always "closes & opens" the lights. Because of our close proximity to the border aye is used pretty regularly. We park our cars in the dooryard, not the driveway. Our meals are breakfast, dinner and supper. Soda, subs and for us to the frappe is w/icecream, the milkshake w/o. Lots of times words ending with an a get an r added on, exampl area = area'r

My father in law always says "for crying out pickets" when he gets exasperated, while my husband always says "jeepers, jumpin' jiminey" and the lady I used to work with always said "sugar pops pete" I have no idea where any of those came from.

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Old April 17th, 2004, 11:43 AM
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When I lived in southern California we went to "the beach." Here in Oregon and Washington we go to "the coast." Go figure!

And oh do we drink our Laaahhhhhtes.

In Portland our Salmon of choice is a "Chanook." In Alaska the same species of Salmon is a "King" The lesser grades are "Coho" here and "Silver" in Alaska. Oooo
It's just about time for the spring salmon run. (That's the best run of the year because of the cold waters.) I'd better go get my tackle box out and renew my "fishin" license.
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Hi,

I just joined Cruisemates this morning. See my introductory post in the People--Chit-chat for Cruisers, under topic "Hello--First Time Here".

I live in New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. We call that town Philly.

Angela Z: Spell it Aight, say it aw-ight' (accent on second syllable).

We call subs hoagies. There's also our signature sandwich, the cheesesteak, which is strips of beef or chicken with cheese (or Cheez-Wiz, a processed cheese spread) on a torpedo roll.

Soda is soda; a milkshake is a milkshake; and the Subway is not the hoagie chain but the underground train that runs north-south between the extreme northern end of town and the sports complex at the southern end. There's also an El (for the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated) that runs east-west between the Frankford section in the northeastern part of town to 69th Street in the western suburb of Upper Darby. The El goes underground between 2nd and 46th Streets.

"The Shore" refers to the southern New Jersey coast, its islands, beaches and resort towns. AC (Ay Cee) is short for Atlantic City.

Never heard "bubbler" for water (pronounced "wooder") fountain. Makes sense.

I like the British term for telephone, which is "blower". Talk is an exchange of hot air.

Can't think of any more right now.

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Ok, I'm from Maryland and i'll admit to being a redneck.

sensuous-sense yous up.............get me a beer.
mayonaise-mayonaise a lot of people here.
usedtocould-usedtocould dance......might could again.

and my favorite......whichyadigya.........didn't bring your truck with ya did ya?
Thanks to Jeff Foxworthy.

And thanks to my grandfather for this one. What day is it? reply-Tuesday if it don't rain.
Never did figure that one out!

Oh and the one my grandmother always said "Root hog or lose tater". Don't have a clue, lol.

The funny part? I say usedtocould and whichyadidya all the time.

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