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Old 05-20-2017, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Circle - New Jersey
Rotary - New England
Roundabout - everywhere else

Expressway - NYC region
Freeway - most other places, I think

Jughandle - New Jersey
WTF is this? - Everywhere else
^Laughed over this. It's true! I don't see jughandles anywhere else.
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Old 05-20-2017, 05:32 AM
 
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I thought of another Philadelphia one. If you have a grandmother named "MomMom" then you (or she) are probably from Philadelphia. I don't think any other part of the country uses that term for grandmother. Phladelphians use "PopPop" too for grandfather, but I think that term is common in other parts of the country as well.
My MomMom (Great Grandmother) lived all her life in DelMarVa. She was born in the 1800’s and one of her favorite expressions was “Katie bar the door!” which, I gather, was once a common saying in the South but I haven’t heard it in years. Oddly, her SIL was referred to by the family as PopPop.

When I lived in the South, Lima Beans were despised as something only a Yankee would eat. Southerners ate Butter Beans. I thought maybe that was down to the difference between the yellow-colored ones and the green-colored ones, but, no…..

As far as regional words go, School Pyramid is obsessed over in NoVA (Northern Virginia) but in other parts of the country people will think you are talking about cheerleaders. (Q: What is a School Pyramid? A: Another $100,000 it will cost you for a house.) If you think that it won’t be Christmas without a Stuffed Ham, you are from Southern Maryland.

As far as the great pop/soda and sneaker/trainers/tennis shoes debate goes, there’s an interesting interactive dialect survey you can take and look at a US map to see your results. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...-map.html?_r=0

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Old 05-20-2017, 04:20 PM
 
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As far as the great pop/soda and sneaker/trainers/tennis shoes debate goes, there’s an interesting interactive dialect survey you can take and look at a US map to see your results. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...-map.html?_r=0
I haven't been to any of my top 3 cities, but considering that they're all Great Lakes cities, I suppose the quiz isn't too inaccurate for me: https://nyti.ms/2qG9TrR
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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So. Not. True. I live in the Midwest, and no one EVER says "pop" where I live. Please don't assume because some states in an area say "pop", they all do.
Not sure where you're from but the Upper Midwest definitely says pop.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I haven't been to any of my top 3 cities, but considering that they're all Great Lakes cities, I suppose the quiz isn't too inaccurate for me: https://nyti.ms/2qG9TrR
It got me down pretty well in terms of color.

I grew up in and currently live in central/western NY, southern tier in particular. I also lived for a long period of time in southeast Louisiana.

The cities are relatively close. I have been to Mobile and DC but did not live in either. Mobile isn't too far fetched from Baton Rouge culturally, and DC is fairly northeastern.

https://nyti.ms/2rFpuVy
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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The Yiddish "putz" and the Pennsylvania German "putz" are pronounced differently, but apparently have the same root. The PA German one is pronounced like the word "put."

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/putz



Putz | Define Putz at Dictionary.com

I actually pronounce "Putz around" and "You're Putz". As said above "Putz Around" clearing rhymes with "butts". However when I grew up calling someone a "Putz"

PA-uh-it-s as in You are Putz Around

Put-s as in You're Putz

Jug handle is a good one in NJ. A lot of state roads in NJ do not allow you take a left hand turn from the opposite direction. They actually built "jug handle" shaped outlet roads that allow you to turn left at intersections.

What about when you see and accident on the road and everyone shows to look? I have always called that a 'gaper (gay-per) delay'

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Old 05-25-2017, 07:01 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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What about when you see and accident on the road and everyone shows to look? I have always called that a 'gaper (gay-per) delay'
I've only heard rubbernecking.


If someone uses a buggy at the store, they're from the south.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Traffic Circle - New Mexico


A "Freeway" is a controlled-access highway with over/underpasses. An "Expressway" can be part freeway, but It can also a limited-access highway with at-grade intersections and stoplights. In short, "expressway" and" freeway" are not synonymous; they are two terms for two different types of highway.
What? An interstate is an expressway. I 87 is the Major Deegan Expressway, I 495 is the Long Island Expressway, I 278 is the Gowanus Expressway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and Staten Island Expressway. And so on. Most of the interstates in the NYC area have a "_____ Expressway" name. There are no traffic lights on these interstates. Something with a traffic light would not be an expressway.
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Not sure where you're from but the Upper Midwest definitely says pop.
Except Milwaukee, apparently.
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I thought of another one because I just read it.

People who say they are going to "fix" a meal, such as fix breakfast or fix dinner. I guess that's a southern thing. Always amuses me to hear that. Sounds as if something was wrong with dinner that it had to be fixed!
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