Is this a New England expression?

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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:37:18 PM
I've heard people calling their kids 'fresh' and 'freshie.' As in, "quit being so fresh" or "my nephew is a freshie." And there are some egg cartons that claim to be fresher than your neighbor's kids.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:42:43 PM
I am from MA and remember being called fresh when I was being mouthy as a kid (not often for me but quite often for my sister)


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:45:49 PM
I didn't think it was regional but yeah. It is used a lot here in CT. If you have a "fresh kid" it usually isn't a compliment.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:54:19 PM
I'm from MA. My parents called me "fresh" and I tell my son to stop being fresh when needed. I didn't realize it was a regional expression.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:01:18 PM
I live in MA and, yes, I say it. I never realized it was a regional thing, it's just something I've heard people say all my life.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:02:20 PM
I live in MA and, yes, I say it. I never realized it was a regional thing, it's just something I've heard people say all my life.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:05:10 PM
I am from NY and it was used there. Specifically my mom would say, "don you get fresh with me!"

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:05:53 PM
I'm from the NW and I don't ever remember hearing that expression used around here.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:06:42 PM
I live in MA and say that. Didn't realize it was regional.

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I live in HI. Never heard it before.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:09:54 PM

"don't you get fresh with me!"


Heard that quite a bit growing up in CT.
(Directed at my brother, of course, not me.)

Also didn't know it was regional. Aren't there kids with fresh mouths all over the place?





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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:12:21 PM
I always though the "Fresh Prince of Bel air" meant he was a cheeky little shit

Fresh is used here to mean cheeky or a bit of a smart arse.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:13:05 PM
I didn't realize that nobody else said that. I'm from MA.
Now that I think about it, I hardly ever hear it used anymore. I'm not sure my niece (8yrs) would even know what it means, but she might, I'll have to ask her, my mom might have said it before to her. I know she always told my sister and I "not to be fresh".



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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:13:23 PM
Another NYer whose mother used it routinely when chastising us for our back talking.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:13:47 PM
I'm in CT, and I've heard/said it all my life. I had no idea it wasn't said everywhere.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:14:57 PM
Never realized it was regional, but grew up on Long Island and always heard that.

But never "freshie" - only "fresh."

As in: "you'd better watch that fresh mouth of yours."



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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:19:13 PM
Grew in MA/NH, "don't get fresh with me" is wayyyyy too familiar a saying!

Freshie, not so much....

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:22:08 PM
I grew up in Oklahoma and heard that expression a lot when I was growing up.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:26:37 PM
It is common in PA, and my SIL from NJ uses it a lot too.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:34:39 PM
Aren't there kids with fresh mouths all over the place?
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Some areas are more apt to call them sassy or a sass mouth than fresh.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:44:51 PM
NJ. I've heard it here, but in some quarters it's "getting smart."


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:45:17 PM
I heard it more in GA than I did growing up in NE.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:50:21 PM
I grew up in NY & heard that said a lot (not to me). I live in Louisiana & they use "sassy." People will say "Don't you Sass me." Or "She's a sassy lil thing."
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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:51:22 PM
I'm in CA and I know that expression. I feel like "sass" is more common though. But I definitely know fresh....



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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:51:24 PM
I never knew it was regional either but I was frequently called fresh and am from MA.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:55:08 PM
Never knew it was a regional thing. My parents would say "don't get fresh with me!" and I of course sound like them when I tell my kids the same.

(I never heard it as freshie though)

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:57:05 PM
Grew up in Brooklyn and my grandmother would say don't be fresh or he's being fresh. Never heard freshie. Now, in the 80s, 'fresh' had a totally different connotation, and not used by my grandmother.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:00:26 PM
I didnt hear it growing up in Texas.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:09:35 PM
I'm from New Hampshire, and my parents would reprimand us for "fresh talk" if we were rude or disrespectful.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:13:56 PM
Newf here. I've heard it all my life.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:16:42 PM
I've heard fresh as an expression - but here in the south I mostly hear people using "smart"

i.e. "Don't be smart" "Shut your smart mouth" etc.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:17:07 PM
I've heard fresh as an expression - but here in the south I mostly hear people using "smart"

i.e. "Don't be smart" "Shut your smart mouth" etc.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:17:17 PM
I think that it was used a lot in the 30's or 40's. I know that I have heard it used in old movies.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:17:38 PM
I've heard fresh as an expression - but here in the south I mostly hear people using "smart"

i.e. "Don't be smart" "Shut your smart mouth" etc.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:21:04 PM
I'm clear across the country and I've heard the term fresh a bit, never heard freshie though.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:21:57 PM
My dad grew up in California and he used to say that to us. I'm more likely to say sassy or smart mouth.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:32:15 PM
I've always been in California, and I know the term. It's said more as "don't get fresh with me", never heard it used as "freshie". I agree with others that would be more likely to say sassy or smart mouth.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:35:41 PM
I'm from MN and my mom used to call us fresh. But I've never heard "freshie" and we lived in Boston for a while.

I use sassy for my own kids. Or smart. As in, "Don't get smart".


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:37:50 PM
I grew up in Maine and "fresh" was frequently used but I never heard the term "freshie".

"Smart" was another word that I only ever heard in NE. As in "ain't that smaaart" said sarcastically.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:31:04 PM

Never realized it was regional, but grew up on Long Island and always heard that.

But never "freshie" - only "fresh."

As in: "you'd better watch that fresh mouth of yours."

Same here, but I'm from Philadelphia.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:31:43 PM

I am from NY and it was used there. Specifically my mom would say, "don't you get fresh with me!"


Yep, that sounds very familiar. My grandmother would say it as well. Or "Don't be fresh!".


I grew up in NE PA. Never heard "freshie", though.

I never thought of it as regional, but at this point I would call it a bit dated. As in I rarely hear parents say it to their kids now, but it was very common to hear when I was kid. My friends' parents would say it as well.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:51:32 PM
I'm from the Midwest. I've always heard it in a way that a teenage boy was trying to put the moves on a teenage girl. As in, "That boy tried to get fresh with Susie".

I have never heard the term "freshie". It's probably someone's annoying way of saying 'freshman' kind of like saying "preggie" for pregnant or "sammie" for sandwich. Makes me grind my teeth. ARGH!!!!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:52:48 PM
NJ, fresh mouth or smart mouth but never heard freshie......

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I grew up in the West and heard that expression all the time.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:01:03 PM
I grew up in Mass. and always thought "fresh" was a commonly used expression. I've also known it to be used when a boy was "getting fresh" with a girl, though that context seems a little old-fashioned.

I find it interesting that it's known in New England and California but not much anywhere else!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:01:54 PM

I am from NY and it was used there. Specifically my mom would say, "don't you get fresh with me!"


Yep. Except my Mom never said it, but others did. On the other hand "sass" and "sassy" I never heard until the internetssss




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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:11:35 PM
I grew up in north Jersey and most people I know/knew used the expression fresh or fresh mouth when talking about smart alecks. Never heard freshie, though.

When I think of Massachusetts expressions I think of wicked-- as in wicked good, wicked hard, wicked this, wicked that. That was also the first place I heard the term grinder for a hot sub sandwich.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:04:19 PM
I grew up in MA and definitely heard this term. Didn't know it was regional!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:08:58 PM
I don't think it's regional so much as it's old fashioned.

I feel like I've read it in old books, but no one says it in real life. My mom was more prone to using the term "sass".

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:19:42 PM
I also think it is more old fashioned than regional. I have heard it for being sassy or flirty/smoochy. Like a girl would complain that a boy trying to kiss her was getting "fresh".


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