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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 04-26-2014, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Local terms!

My dad used 'davenport' for couch-NEVER used the word 'sofa', 'down cellar' for in the basement, a bedraggled person was 'the last of the Mohicans'...

Some other terms

nitty gritty

hedgerow

one-shot deal

and a group of friends was called a 'crew'.

My mom used a bunch of Irish terms...
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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old 04-26-2014, 03:49 PM
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I remember many years ago in Ontario sofas were call "chesterfields". Couches weren't used unless it was in a Rec=recreation Room, even if they were sofas. In fact I know that they still use the term chesterfield in Alberta, and a Rec Room is called a Rumpus Room there. Quite a lot of regional differences....Newfoundland names are a whole other "kettle of fish".

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There are many from where I grew up in Hawaii, these are all "pidgin' english", often spoken by locals there:

"Slippah" for flip flops, not house slippers! (people there really don't wear them, lol)
"Beef" can mean to fight
"Broke da mout" means absolutely delicious
"junk" means terrible, lousy, worthless (adjective, not as a noun)
"okole" (oh-koh-lay) means bum/behind/buttock
"da kine" (the kine/the kind, actually sounds like "duck-kine", lol. classic ubiquitous term, equivalent to "whatchamacallit" in English
"pauhana" (pow-huh-nuh) means finished work, as in "pauhana traffic" when going home.

I've heard my Canadian friends say, "coach" for couch/sofa, and "decal" is meant for sticker and rhymes with "jekyll" as in jekyll and hyde. There's probably a lot more, but can't think of any right now...I'm sure people from there can add more, to make it fun!

Interesting to note: I believe only Americans say the letter "Z" as "zee" while other countries say "zed/zet", including Japanese, Europeans, and Canadians, but please correct me if I'm mistaken!

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I believe you're right about the Z TabbCatt.

bluemilk, I use one-shot deal and nitty-gritty too, and I grew up in NJ.

About regionalisms: Have any of you taken this quiz that was in the New York Times a while back? It covers both pronunciation and vocab.

It nailed me to within 20 minutes of where I grew up, and it was accurate for all of the other people I know who took it.

What's really interesting is that at the end, it'll tell you the 3 responses that give away where you're from. I had no idea that one of the terms I use is confined to a very small geographical area!

If you haven't tried it and want to, here's a link:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...-map.html?_r=0
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Not even close. Denver, Fresno and Modesto were the quiz results. The supposed give-aways? I've never heard of a drive-thru liquor store. I wouldn't have the slightest idea what to call it. And my answer of "frontage road."

My Dad called our sofa the "davenport" also. We drank "soda pop" growing up, but only as a HUGE, very rare treat. It's probably the reason I drink so much diet soda now. I remember when I moved out of the house, I bought a whole crapload of it the first weekend on my own.

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I'd never heard of a drive-thru liquor store either. And I'd also never heard of the bug that curls up when you touch it.

The giveaway for me was the night before Halloween: we call it Mischief Night, and apparently you have to have grown up in northern NJ, Yonkers, or CT to say that.

I forget what the other two things were. One was probably the fact that Mary, marry, and merry have 3 different pronunciations.
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Where I grew up, the night before Halloween had no name. In fact, I've only heard the different names on the news when places are on fire because of idiots.

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I've heard it called "O' HallowsEve" or "All Hallows Eve"...

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An everyday family name; A particular name;
And the name but the Cat Himself Knows, and will never confess." T.S. Eliot

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I tried it... even though is doesn't say it's for Americans only... it is! Lol it got very confused! Lmao

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Only the older generation here say Chesterfield. I hear people use it, but 60+ in age. We use Couch for everyday stuff, Sofa for fancier stuff.

Decal is not just a sticker. it's one that goes on a vehicle.

Viko is Chocolate Milk (Saskatchewan thing)

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