December 3rd, 2003

bear by san

Regionalisms

Okay, a meme worth memeing (from wintersweet)

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

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

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store? a cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in? a tin

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? if it's aluminum it's a frying pan. if it's iron, it's a skillet

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? a sofa

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? a gutter or a rainspout, depending on which part of the assembly we're talking about

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

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

12. Shoes worn for sports? sneakers

13. Putting a room in order? tidying

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

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball? sowbug

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 or teeter-totter

17. How do you eat your pizza? proper pizza is a round pie cut into squares, dammit. You eat the outside pieces with your fingers and the inside pieces with a fork and knife.

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

19. What's the evening meal? dinner. supper is a big main-meal lunch.

(added)

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are? the cellar (pronounced 'cellah'). to go there is to go 'down cellar'
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