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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:03:21 PM
We've talked about accents, what about terms and phraseology?

I know pop/soda has been a discussion on the board before (what was it, pop west of the Mississippi and soda east? (And then the southern thing of "Coke" for all soft drinks.)

What other words/phrases come to mind that you've learned were only used in your area?

I remember the first time I heard "Do you want to come with?" as a complete sentence really made me do a double-take. I think I first heard that from someone from Tennesee (it's been a long time).

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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:07:24 PM
I'm from the South, and I do refer to all soft drinks as "Coke." Sounds strange to me when I hear someone refer to it as "pop" or "soda." Also, "ya'll" quite a bit. I'm fine with it and actually like my Southern accent.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:10:37 PM
"fixin' to"


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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:23:23 PM
We go up and down to places around here.

You don't go "to the mall"....you go "up to the mall" or "down to the mall", depending on whether your town is up valley or down valley from the actual building.

We call submarine sandwiches/grinders/heroes etc. "hoagies".

We also still have pockets that are largely Italian, or largely Polish, or largely Irish, so we have a lot of ethnic food words that are commonplace to us, but maybe not everywhere. Ethnic food festivals are big business around here.



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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:32:23 PM
we say 'youns' i don't even know how to spell it

it means 'all y'all'

i type y'all but am more inclined to say 'youns' when referring to a group of people


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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:33:10 PM
We drop out Gs. Gixin, goin, etc. We measure distance in time. "Its about 10 minutes down the road to the mall".


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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:38:10 PM
creek and roof. Well, I only misspeak creek (crick) when saying the name of certain creeks in the area. Otherwise I say it correctly. Roof with the short OO sound sneaks in every once in a while when I'm not paying attention.



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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:46:05 PM
Oof da!


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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:49:00 PM
I don't think Arizona has any of its own jargon, but I have noticed that when I travel, words that everyone here knows how to pronounce because they're pretty common vernacular (Spanish words and words from Native American Tribes--mostly animals, vegetation, and food) are totally mispronounced, so maybe that's our thing?

ETA: Words like cholla, javalina, and jalapeno.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:50:08 PM
I use 'stand on line' instead of 'stand in line' even after over 15 years in the midwest.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:54:10 PM

We measure distance in time. "Its about 10 minutes down the road to the mall
Oh yeah, we do that too. "How far do you live from work?" "About 25 minutes."

When someone starts talking in miles, I know they're not from around here.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:55:23 PM
I say "aye" and pronounce known and grown with an "e" between the "w" and "n".

I never knew we said or pronounced these words differently til I moved to the UK - I am from NZ.
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Posted: 7/30/2013 6:55:28 PM

Oh yeah, we do that too. "How far do you live from work?" "About 25 minutes."


Oh, I do that too, but I think it's from being raised in Los Angeles, not because I live in Phoenix. I'll have to pay attention to see if others here do it.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:01:27 PM
I wasn't born here...but my kids use "hella"...
truly local slang.

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I'm a native Californian. I say hella, totally and like. A lot.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:15:12 PM

I use 'stand on line' instead of 'stand in line' even after over 15 years in the midwest.]


Yep.

And we were just in Canada and I wanted cranberry juice and seltzer with a twist of lime and the bartender looked at me like I was insane. My Canadian friend had to say: "club soda with cranberry juice." I was surprised that "seltzer" isn't a universal term.



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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:16:36 PM
Laurieak

My Poppa always said that! He was Norwegian but grew up in Wisconsin and went to college on Minnesota.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:17:51 PM
"Jimmies", "rotahries", and "Wicked pissah".

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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:18:20 PM
I caught myself saying "used to could" the other day.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:30:55 PM
I live in pa and we use time too. I say we live five min from school. I don't often hear people talk in miles, just time.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:32:46 PM
"Bubbler" instead of "drinking fountain" for sure.

I also sometimes say "stop and go light" instead of "stop light" or "traffic light."

Can you guess where I'm from??

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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:38:25 PM
fixing to do something

Y'all

Are probably the two most common that I use. I'm sure there are others.





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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:43:48 PM
Pop, bubble, uff da.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:43:57 PM
Coke, y'all, fixin to, lagniappe, lack pronounced as like, warsh, sweetie/honey/sugar/darlin, foy-yer for foy-yay,

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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:46:30 PM
In Jersey we go down the shore, not to the beach.

We eat subs, but some other parts of the U.S. call them grinders or hoagies, I think.




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Juliette...are you from WI?


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:58:00 PM
I used to say coke for all soft drinks but now I say soda. Of course I say y'all but sometimes I will say you all. No one expects iced tea to be unsweetened so you have to say unsweetened tea when in a restaurant.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 7:59:59 PM
In addition to subs, we eat Taylor Ham, not porkroll.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:00:50 PM
I need a translation of "hella" - is that for hello?

And "off da" - is that for "off the"?

Lisa B. - what is/are "Jimmies"

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vspindler....you got it! I grew up in Oshkosh. Now in MI, though.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:13:43 PM
BeckyTech, "jimmies" are the sprinkles you put on ice cream!

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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:17:38 PM
I popped in here to say "hella," as well. BeckyTech, hella can kind of be interchanged with words like really or totally. Example: Did you see Josh's new car? It's hella bad ass.

I grew up using it, but never really realized how weird of a term it is until I just wrote it out.

I don't think Arizona has any of its own jargon, but I have noticed that when I travel, words that everyone here knows how to pronounce here because they're pretty common vernacular (Spanish words and words from Native American Tribes--mostly animals, vegetation, and food) are totally mispronounced, so maybe that's our thing?
I agree. I know you're an Arizonian when you can pronounce saguaro properly.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:25:44 PM
wicked
down the cape
up the lake
chowdah
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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:27:17 PM
"Wicked" , "Rotaries", "Jimmies" and I was just told that saying "He was shattered" to describe someone as drunk is a New England thing as well. I don't have an accent at all, but I didn't even know there was an alternative word for rotary.



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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:27:17 PM
Mud bugs are crawfish
I refer to all sodas as coke,
Distance in minutes not miles
We have bayous, not creeks
It's aw naw instead of oh no
We have skeeters
Mama or daddy no matter how old you are
It's over yonder
don't holler,
fixin to
bless his/her heart
Pole cats are skunks
Some one stays instead of lives down the street
He/she' not very bright instead of smart
We eat supper
Quit your belly aching instead griping


I'm sure there's others I'm leaving out

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I live in Indiana but grew up in a small Swedish community in Kansas and I use Uff Da. People always look at me funny.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:29:03 PM

we say 'youns' i don't even know how to spell it

it means 'all y'all'

i type y'all but am more inclined to say 'youns' when referring to a group of people



Pittsburgh?

My P'burgh friend spells it "yinz."

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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:39:11 PM
Oh, I know bubbler! It's actually the bubblah - you go there after you wash down your quahogs with a cabinet.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:46:30 PM
I always assumed hella was an 80s slang, not a regional slang, but I guess I said it too, growing up.

I also measure in time, not distance.

I am a soda girl in pop country.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:52:33 PM
Might could
Fixin' to
Used to could
Y'all
Co-cola
Bless her heart
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Off da or uff da (pronounced oof) is used kind of like "oh my" or "oh boy".


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:57:36 PM
What does "Uff da" mean?


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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:02:34 PM
uff da...an exclamation...I grew up hearing this in seattle...my best friend was swedish...and her mormor lived with her family.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:03:18 PM
Do any others, besides Californians, refer to their highways with a "the" in front of them? (The 10, The 5, etc.)

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Cattywampus and kitty cornered.

That hurricane shore did turn Miss Scarlet's yard all cattywampum.

Her place is kitty cornered from the Piggly Wiggly. (Diagonally across the street).



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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:08:19 PM
The Ike
The Cryin' Ryan
The Kennedy
The Stevenson

All roads where I'm from.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:08:38 PM
yes in jersey .. it is "down the shore' not the beach-- that is a dead give away -- also places/locations are denoted by how you would get there via major road ways...

"oh its down 287" (pronounced 2-eightyseven)
or
"oh that.. its out 80" (eighty--not eight zero)

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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:15:37 PM

Oh, I know bubbler! It's actually the bubblah - you go there after you wash down your quahogs with a cabinet.

Do I win?


I know quahogs are a clam... what's a cabinet?

A bubbler is a drinking fountain. (Around these parts, a fountain is what you thrown coins into when you make a wish.)

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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:23:13 PM
Also, in Jersey if you're trying to buy liquor or cigarettes, you get proofed, not carded.




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