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21/30: Regionalism meme

[personal profile] tehomet gave me the idea:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Creek (pronounced creek, not crick, though I believe crick is current about 75 miles east of here.)

2. What's the thing you push around the grocery store called?
A shopping cart, or just a cart.

3. A container to carry a meal in.
Um...a brown paper bag? A lunchbox? A picnic basket? Me, I put mine in my purse, wrapped in a bandanna.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Frying pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Gutters (the horizontal part), downspouts (the vertical parts)

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
health hazard? (Soda, usually--from my upbringing in Hawaii)

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub on my mom's side, hoagie on my dad's.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Swim trunks

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Sneakers or running shoes (or maybe Nikes?)

13. Putting a room in order.
"Calling the service"? I think maybe we're getting at "cleaning house" or "picking up"

14. What you have on your bed in winter to keep your warm sometimes with feathers in it?
Duvet--but I picked that up in Europe. I think other family members call it a comforter.

15. What do you call women's skimpy underwear?
Depends on how skimpy. Panties, bikinis, thong...?

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?
Gluten-free these days, and rarely. But with my hands.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Garage sale, yard sale

19. What's the evening meal?

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
In my particular case, a dirt hole in the ground. Basement.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Drinking fountain. And, specifically in Portland, a Simon Benson.

22. What do you call the front of your car? what do you call the back of the car?
My car? The handlebars and the rear rack, basically. Someone else's car? Hood and trunk.

23. What do you call the thing the kids carry their books to school in?

24. What do you call the thing you keep your money in? What do you call the bag you keep that thing in?
A debit card. Heh. Nah, a wallet, in my purse.

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Jun. 25th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
What you have on your bed in winter to keep your warm sometimes with feathers in it?

Jun. 25th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
You win the internet!
Jun. 25th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
It's interesting to me that in the UK we don't have any words for a few of these things (I think - happy to be told otherwise). For example:

7. We don't tend to do this, largely because it's rarely warm enough for sitting outside in the evening. When it is and we do, it may well be on a paved area attached to the outside of the house in the garden at the back of the house - this used to be a terrace but is now more likely to be a patio - or a wooden area called a deck (a recent phenomenon fuelled by DIY companies and TV). But both are almost always uncovered.
For us, a porch is a small attachment covering the front door, usually only just wider than the door (at most twice as wide) to provide shelter while unlocking the door. Can be fully enclosed and is useful for boots and parcels, but is certainly not big enough to sit in.

8. I couldn't think of one single word for these. I think we tend to refer to them by brand name (Coke or Pepsi) or generic (cola), but that would not include another type of drink (e.g. lemonade) as I understand it does in places in the US. I think the nearest to a comprehensive term might be "fizzy drink" or "fizzy canned drink", or possibly just "canned drink" as they're almost always fizzy.

9. We don't tend to eat these for breakfast unless we've watched an awful lot of American TV! And I think our "pancakes" are thinner and frillier than yours.

10. Again, we never used to eat these. The first word which came to mind is baguette, which is what we call those long French breads. But one has to use the terminology of the place where they're purchased.

13. I couldn't think of a term which comprises both tidying up and cleaning (which means actual dusting and vacuuming and not just tidying).

18. This wasn't something we traditionally did do I don't think we had a name for it. Because we're copying you when we do do it, it might be called a "yard sale", even though we call them gardens not yards.

20. We don't have an underground room for a furnace (which we call a boiler). We vey rarely dedicate a room to a boiler - they're often in the corner of the kitchen, or in a cupboard near the bathroom called the airing cupboard which is shelved and used for keeping towels and sheets in the warm air (although this is more often just where the hot water tank is).
When we do have an underground part of the a house, we call it a basement. But almost always it will only be half underground, will have windows and, if the house is now divided up, be euphemistically called a "garden flat". This floor used to be the kitchen and scullery etc., and the realm of the servants, before WWII!

23. This has changed so much over the years. It used to be a satchel, but they don't exist any more. At one stage they might have been book bags. Now they're rucksacks or backpacks (possibly still knapsacks in some parts of the country?).

Fun meme!

Jun. 25th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't you call 18 a car boot sale? Or is that not the same?

Jun. 25th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
A car boot sale doesn't happen in someone's home - it happens in a special place - usually a field, or a large car park - set up especially for the purpose with numerous people coming to park their cars and set up a stall. They often start early in the morning, at weekends. I've never actually been to one.

You are quite right, though, that they are places where people sell off stuff they no longer want. So in that sense they do equate to no 18. I'd forgotten about them!

Before car boot sales, people would often donate stuff they didn't want to jumble sales, often held by churches to raise funds. The unwanted stuff was "jumble". Jumble sales were great - lots of books, odd ornaments, and clothes. Sadly, they're pretty rare these days. The other event which still takes place (though less frequently) was the church fete - tends to have a better class of things for sale in a more organised fashion, and to have stalls selling cake and plants.

Nowadays an awful lot of stuff is donated to charity shops - there are always several in every town. Clothes tend to predominate, but they also have books and bric a brac.
Jun. 25th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
This has changed so much over the years. It used to be a satchel, but they don't exist any more.

The changes over time strike me, too. Jared Diamond devotes a long section of The World Until Yesterday to the disappearance of languages. He likens it to species extinction. I hear American accents homogenizing themselves to a sort of west-coast generic newscaster (handy for me, because that is the local dialect of American where I come from), which seems rather bland. On the other hand, the same process (television, more open international trade, etc.) has expanded our horizons to where we maybe even try pancakes for breakfast or learn how to make a decent cup of tea.

As to porches, I'm guessing that hot summers across much of the US explain the rise of the "outdoor living room" before insulation and air conditioning came along. Here in Portland, sitting out in the evening is only a viable option from about mid-July to mid-September (the climate here is almost identical to London's), and yet the front porch is the chief charm and attraction of many older houses, including mine:

DarkEm's house

I'm something of a misanthrope who lives alone, so sitting out by myself where my neighbors can come and talk to me isn't a huge attraction, but I'll cop to the pleasure of bringing my food and a book out on a warm (or ridiculously rainy) afternoon--and it's a fantastic place for a clothesline!
Jun. 25th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
It looks a lovely place to sit - except (as you say) for the fact that it's in the front! Should it also have a swing seat? And is it sometimes screened to keep insects at bay?

I don't think this is something which has ever featured in English houses. It's just not hot enough!
Jun. 25th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think screened porches are common in some parts of the country, but it's not that buggy here. A swing would be nice, wouldn't it?
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