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09 April 2008 @ 04:18 am
Linguistics meme  
I think cora was the first one on my friends list to do this:

My regional background is living near Seattle for 19 years, then living in SoCal for most of 4 years, then living near Seattle for a year and a bit, then living in SoCal for another 8 years. Damn that's a scary total =P

This is more fun if you figure out your own answers first before you look at mine, FYI.

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
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.
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
12. Shoes worn for sports.
13. Putting a room in order.
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
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.
17. How do you eat your pizza?
18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
19. What's the evening meal?
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?

My answers:

1: A stream? A creek? A rivulet? How small is it?
2: A shopping cart.
3: A lunch box.
4: A frying pan.
5: A sofa? A couch? I never really figured out the technical difference between the two, if there is any. (Kind of like living room and family room =P)
6: The gutter
7: Porch? Or possible the deck.
8: Pop, or soda when i don't feel like having people yell at me about it =P (Damn aggressive soda people)
9: Pancake
10: A sandwich. I suppose if i had to specify i'd say a "sub," though i've heard "hoagie" before too. But really, "sandwich" usually works. (At least i assume that's what they're talking about, i've never heard the "designed to be a whole meal in itself" claim before.)
11: A swiming suit or trunks
12: Tennis shoes
13: ... cleaning? organizing? tidying up?
14: Firefly! :)
15: I think maybe potato bug? Or rollypolly? When i saw them my reaction was usually less lexigraphic and more "awww! cute!" :)
16: Teeter-toter or possibly see-saw
17: ...with my mouth? I take bites out of it till its all gone. I sometimes dip the cheesey part in sauce if it's available and when i'm done with that i almost always dip the crust part in sauce if it's available. Consume. Devour. Snarf. What am i missing here?
18: Garage sale or yard sale.
19: Dinner
20: The basement
21: drinking fountain
 
 
 
Catbirdcatbird on April 9th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Concerning pizza eating. New Yorkers will fold their pizza in half so that the crust is on the outside before eating. Partially because the slices generally served are HUGE! I've also seen pizza eaten with a knife and fork by Southerner's.
Coraacoraa on April 9th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Pop, or soda when i don't feel like having people yell at me about it =P (Damn aggressive soda people)

Ha. That's how I was about the word 'pop' when I lived in Idaho. ;) That seems to be a linguistic variant that provokes strong feelings....
cwendy41cwendy41 on April 9th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
This is what I think: The family room is the less formal one usually with a TV and perhaps toys. The living room is the one with fancy couches and no clutter anywhere, ready to entertain people at any moment. The den is sometimes also the family room. But I really have no idea if there are differences.
Kirinkirinn on April 9th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
The great room is the one we specifically chose our floor-plan to get, so we don't end up with a smaller "living" room and "family" room, one of which is hardly ever used in practice. ;)
Kirinkirinn on April 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Jeez, answering before looking at yours is hard, since going to comment expands the cut tag. But here goes:

1.Creek 2.Shopping cart 3.Lunchbox 4.Frying pan
5.Couch 6.Gutter+Downspout 7.Porch 8.Soda
9.Pancake 10.Sub 11.Swim trunks 12.Sneaker or Tennis shoes
13.Cleaning up 14.Firefly 15.Roly poly or Pillbug 16.See-saw
17.By the slice? 18.Garage sale or Yard sale
19.Dinner 20.Basement 21.Drinking fountain

(Born in MA, moved to St.Louis at age 6, undergrad in CA, NC since then.)
nonseqmenagerie on April 10th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
1. Stream or creek, depending on how wide it is.
2. Cart
3. Lunchbox
4. Ideally, it's a griddle (rectangular and flat). If you're referring to a more pan-shaped thing, skillet or frying pan.
5. Couch
6. Gutter
7. Porch (if it's on the front), patio (if it's in the back)
8. Soda
9. Pancake
10. Sub
11. Swim trunks if they're more like shorts, swimsuit if they're tighter
12. Sneakers?
13. Picking up, straightening up
14. Firefly (although my mom called them lightning bugs, and tried to get me to do the same)
15. Pillbug
16. Teeter-totter
17. By the slice and folded, or if it's hot, with a knife and fork until it cools
18. Garage sale, rummage sale
19. Dinner
20. Basement
21. Water fountain