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The Bride of the First House

Regional Dialectisms

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1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? A brook or a stream. To me, a creek is huge — False Creek (in Vancouver, BC).

2. What is the thing you push around the grocery store? A </a></b></a>husband? =D No, just kidding, they're shopping carts.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in? I usually use a thermos (cylindrical tub) for soups or rice, but I think it's supposed to be a lunch box.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? We don't cook our own bacon... I use either a frying pan, a skillet or a wok, depending on what I'm doing with the eggs.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? If it's cushy and mostly covered with fabric, it's a couch. If there's more wood showing, it's a bench. But these are bleachers.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? Gutters.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? If it's completely sealed and heated, it's a sun room. If it's outside and behind the house, it's a patio. If it's outside and in front of the house, it's a porch.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? Pop.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? Pancakes. McD's is the only place I've seen that calls them "hot cakes" or some such.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself? A sub.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? Swimming trunks. Although, I sometimes call the small, tight type "Speedos" regardless of the brand.

12. Shoes worn for sports? Cross-trainers, T-Mac-2s (guess who influences my athletic footwear vocabulary).

13. Putting a room in order? Cleaning up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark? They're either fireflies, glow worms or lightning bugs. But I've never seen any of them, so I don't know if they're actually different species.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball? A sow bug (but I found it under "pill bug"). I LOVE playing with these!! =D

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? A teeter-totter. I've heard people say "see-saw".


17. How do you eat your pizza? Crust last.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? If it's online, it's called eBay. But, it's either a Garage Sale, a Yard Sale, a Flea Market or Antique Show depending on the location and marketing. I've also seen signs for Demo Sales, but that's a bit different.

19. What's the evening meal? Dinner. There's also 燒夜 which is another meal close to midnight, usually popular among young, hip Chinese kids who are out partying late. It might be equivalent to the "midnight snack", but it looked more substantial than a snack to me.


20. An area of trees, greater than an acre: A forest.


21. What you call an object with polyester fibre-fill on the inside and furry/fuzzy fabric on the outside, usually formed in the image of an animal? A stuffie.

My additions:

22. a) What do you call "one dollar" in your currency? It's a "looney" in Canada because the $1 coin has a loon on the back. It's also interchangeable with "a dollar" and "a buck". The $2 coin is the "tooney".

22. b) What do you call "one thousand dollars" in your currency? A "K", as in kilo-dollars. I hear "grands" or "Gs" as well.

23. What material is a 320mL soft drink container made of? Aluminum (a-LOO-mi-num). Is it "aluminium" (a-loo-MIN-ee-um) for anyone here?

24. (For pne =) What do you call that liquid stuff you put in your car to make it run? Gas.

25. What do you call the thing they give you to wipe your mouth with at restaurants (whether it's paper or linen)? A serviette. I got in disproportionately big trouble for calling it a "napkin" when I was young, so I still hesitate to say that. If the staff look confused at fast food places or lower-end restaurants, I'll say "tissue".

Tags: linguaphile, open-ended surveys

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