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Regional Dialect, Colloquialisms, Slang, Habits
I've always been fascinated by the differences in the speech and behavior of people. I think this is because I grew up in a very small town and wasn't exposed to anything different.
You could say I was sheltered. We were not worldly folks.
So, just for fun, I've compiled some polls of different ways of saying basically the same thing or of doing things. I know there are other ways of saying these things or doing these things, but I'm including ones that stand out to me. The differences are sometimes subtle but are oh so noticeable!
I think it'll be interesting to see how the polls come out!
Photo Credit: Tkgd2007
A general population poll to get us started
I realize that many of the slang words or colloquialisms in these polls are mostly used in the United States. I'm not familiar with worldwide colloquialisms. Sorry!
Where in the World Are You From?
The Poll Game
If you like these polls, you'll probably like playing the poll game!
"One method of distinguishing between
a slangism and a colloquialism is to ask whether
most native speakers know
the word (and use it);
if they do, it is a colloquialism. However, the problem
is that this is not a discrete,
quantized system but a continuum."
~ Colloquialism on Wikipedia
quoting Gil'ard Zuckerman
What Do You Call Athletic Shoes?
What Do You Call Carbonated Beverages?
If you are waiting at the bank or the movies,
How Do You Pronounce the Word "Greasy"?
What Do You Do For Good Luck?
What Do You Call This Thing That You Fry Foods In?
If You're Really Hungry, What Do You Say?
Regional Dialects - Why do we speak the way we do?
How Do You Pronounce This Word?
How about these words? How do you pronounce humble and huge and historical?
If You Eat a Sub Sandwich,
Different names for the same thing:
gutter (Northeast, South)
eaves trough (in-land North, West)
rainspouting (chiefly Maryland and Pennsylvania)
Source: Regional Vocabularies of
American English on Wikipedia
What do you say
When installing a new roll of toilet paper,
Do you believe in UFOs?
What Do You Eat as the Evening Meal?
Stephen King's 11/22/63 - She says supper, he says dinner....
In Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, the dinner / supper conundrum is addressed:
"Sadie wanted to do the dishes after the meal she called supper and I called dinner, but I told her to go on and pack her overnight case instead."
If you have a deadline, what do you do?
Books on Personal Habits - Highly Defective People -- Not That Any of Us Are Defective!
What Word Do You Use to Refer to a Wealthy Person?
How About a Cheap Person?
How Do You Pronounce Sink?
How Do You Write the Term for That World War? - You Know, the One After the First One.
How Do You Write the Term for That World War?
What Do You Drive On?
When you drive your car,
The Couples of Downton Abbey - Who's Your Favorite?
I've recently been watching Downton Abbey. Again. It's that good. Pick your favorite couple of this ITV drama.
The Couples of Downton Abbey
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