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Updated on October 9, 2014

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'm from the U.S., so I'll add a map of the U.S. here.
I'm from the U.S., so I'll add a map of the U.S. here.

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?

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The Poll Game

The Poll Game - A Game of Opinions
The Poll Game - A Game of Opinions

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?

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What Do You Call Carbonated Beverages?

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If you are waiting at the bank or the movies,

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How Do You Pronounce the Word "Greasy"?

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Do you touch it or knock on it?
Do you touch it or knock on it?

What Do You Do For Good Luck?

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What Do You Call This Thing That You Fry Foods In?

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If You're Really Hungry, What Do You Say?

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How Do You Pronounce This Word?

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How about these words? How do you pronounce humble and huge and historical?

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If You Eat a Sub Sandwich,

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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

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When installing a new roll of toilet paper,

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Do you believe in UFOs?

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What Do You Eat as the Evening Meal?

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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?

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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?

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How About a Cheap Person?

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How Do You Pronounce Sink?

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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?

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What Do You Drive On?

When you drive your car,

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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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Do you have another poll idea I should add here? - Or share your favorite poll with us.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Terrific poll!

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      katespetcorner1 4 years ago

      Love it! Thanks for sharing the polls :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      That's the most interesting poll I've done (and I've done loads). Pronunciation is fascinating. Loved it. Only thing is - no points at all came up for me :-( Don't know why! I didn't get logged out and all my answers showed. Maybe they stopped doing points for polls? I hope not.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Oh please add "frugal" to your cheap poll so I can vote for myself lol. Fun stuff! *blessed

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      ArtzeeChris LM 5 years ago

      Very fun! I enjoyed taking all the polls! :)

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      RichLeighHD 5 years ago

      @BarbaraCasey: I also enjoyed this aspect of it; seeing where the other votes went each time!

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      goldenchildngo 5 years ago

      Love doing these polls!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @amandascloset0: I've never heard that one. Very strange!

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      amandascloset0 5 years ago

      labtop or laptop... This is one that really makes my skin crawl when pronounced incorrectly but I hear it at work on a daily basis. lol

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      BlackSunflowerB 5 years ago

      Great polls!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      I enjoyed seeing the other answers almost as much as I did answering the questions.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      I had a suggestion about often- to make a option for saying it both ways or not paying attention. Also I did not really understand the question about pronouncing "sink" and there a jar of "zinc", so I didn't answer it.

      I did enjoy your poll lens, keep up the good work!

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I am more likely to cal a sub a roll or french roll. You should ask what that thing at the back of the car where you put stuff is called - we call it the boot. And we take out our garbage not our trash. I am also often bemused when I watch American television and a mirror is called a mere. And I can never understand why there is no seafood in an American Marinara sauce!

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      One-A-Day LM 5 years ago

      This was fun! Thanks!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Fun! Now you've got me wanting to make a poll lens! :)

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hmmm. I call athletic shoes, "Tennies".

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      first one on shoes depends on their use.

      wealthy person I call a friend

      cheap person I call my ex :)

      Fun lens

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bikerministry: Interesting! I personally say the "h." What do you say?

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      How do you pronounce "humble." With the h or without it. Old family debate!!

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      sibian 5 years ago

      That was good fun...

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @ShariBerry: I call polls poles. Don't you?!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Do you pronounce that pole or poll? Love it!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I have taken lots of polls on different subjects, but this one is unique. I really liked it. Blessed!

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Thanks for these fun polls, love the points!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Great polls, this is really a lot of fun!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: I hear ya. That's how I pronounce it too!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Dandle was a new one on me! This was fun! Do more, do more!!!! Personal pet peeve (altho the dictionary shows I'm wrong -- grrr!): temperature or tempachur.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @MarcoG: Marco, I thought about adding "tea" since I watch a lot of BBC and finally figured out that's what they were referring to about half the time, not just a drink!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      A lot of people over here call your evening meal "tea"...and I call a sub, a roll or a soft baguette. I enjoyed this lens :)

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Great poll lens. Thank you for the points.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This was really fun!!! I'd love to see ones like .....what do you say to describe someone who is really wealthy? what do you say to describe a person who is really cheap? Stuff like that..... :)

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      How fun was that! You're right, it's fascinating to see (or hear) how differently we can say the same thing. Blessed!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: I guess I've heard this both ways too.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      One phrase that I find a regional difference that causes confusion is "out of pocket." In Texas that means you're going to be away, but other places I've lived, it means you paid for something yourself.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      This is a really fun poll. Very creative. Can't think of anything to add at the moment.