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jgano23 01-24-2011 07:10 AM

Regional Vocabulary Differences
even though we speak the same language, there are definitely different regional terms. i was born and raised in nj, and until i joined the forum, i never realized how many different words there were for some of the same things. i say thinks like, "i'm going down the shore," and "you guys." i travel down I95 not travel on "the 95." apparently, only nj has "pork roll" (or taylor ham depending on whether you are in north or south jersey). i have traffic circles not roundabouts.

on the comparative list below, all of the things i have listed first are the ones that are popular in my region:

sprinkles vs jimmies (ice cream topping)
soda vs pop (carbonated beverage)
hoagie vs sub (long arse sandwich)
cart vs buggy (grocery conveying device)
push vs mash (referring to how you engage a button)
dinner vs supper (referring to the evening meal)
you guys vs ya'll vs yous vs other (referring to numerous people)
blinker vs turn signals vs directionals

what other kind of terms do you guys use?

distortedtj 01-24-2011 07:21 AM

Try international diifferances. It will blow your mind. :zap:

few simple ones for me civil vs mil.

gun/rifle or pistol

around US,

Creek, crick
holler, valley

Then there is the annoying one. Wheels/rims. Please look it up in the good old dictionary. THEY ARE WHEELS. :)

Entoxicated 01-24-2011 07:31 AM

Funny post.

All the ones you mention are used interchangeably in the Springfield, MO area except for jimmies, buggy, mash and directionals. To be honest I've never even heard anyone use those terms. I guess my area is just a melting pot for different regions of the country?

L.A.Offroad 01-24-2011 07:34 AM

We are from Arkansas.The other day my daughter and her boyfriend went to Chicago for a wedding.My daughter helped the brides young daughter to the restroom and told her to "holler" at her when was done and she would come help her so she didnt mess up her pretty dress.The little girl said "Brandi whats a holler?"My daughter said just yell at me when your done.

RustedYJ 01-24-2011 08:12 AM


Originally Posted by jgano23 (Post 1010276)
sprinkles vs jimmies (ice cream topping)
soda vs pop (carbonated beverage)
hoagie vs sub (long arse sandwich)
cart vs buggy (grocery conveying device)
push vs mash (referring to how you engage a button)
dinner vs supper (referring to the evening meal)
you guys vs ya'll vs yous vs other (referring to numerous people)
blinker vs turn signals vs directionals

what other kind of terms do you guys use?

Up here in MA we have rotaries, we travel on 95 (drop the I), and it's usually 'you guys'.

Sprinkles are chocolate, jimmies are rainbow colored. We drink a soda with our sub (or maybe a grinder) at lunch. We put things in the cart at the grocery store that we're getting for dinner. When we're feeling lazy, we push the handicap button to automatically open a door. It seems like nobody up here uses their blinkers but I've heard about them. :)

We also say things that sound really odd to people outside of the region. Here's a small collection I poached from a site about Worcester (WOO-STAH), MA:

The restroom, especially of a school. When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, we would ask to go to the basement.

"southie" young thugs

Smoking, in reference to a cigarette, either an unused one, or the ones in the ashtray.

Remote control for a TV or other similar devices.

Coffee Milk
Milk flavored with coffee syrup, *NOT* half coffee/half milk

Down Cellar
Where the freezer is, and the tools, and boxes of old stuff.

This is the way my friends and I pronounce, drawer, as in, "It's in the top 'draw' of my bureau." Or, "Open the 'draws' and look for it!" which tends to confuse people from out-of state, who don't really understand what drawing has to do with shelving.

Drug Store
Also known as a pharmacy. This is where you went on Sunday when the Package Store was closed and got your bottle of Pickwick Ale for medicinal purposes.

Normally called elsewhere in the country as denim jeans, Levis or slacks.

Known as a rubber band elsewhere

Someone who is from an area south of New England. A person not from New England who does not know anything about fishing, hiking, or other outdoor activities.

Peanut butter and marshmellow fluff. For those of you who don't know, Marshmellow Fluff is a regional delicacy. It's a very sticky white cream, usually just called Fluff. It has the consistency of a big vat of melted marshmellows. I like fluff and strawberry jam, but the traditional application is with Peanut butter. You only get one pass at applying it to the bread (because it's extremely sticky) and you certainly don't dip the knife in anything else once it's been in the fluff jar.

Frappe / Cabinet
A Frappe is made with milk, ICE CREAM, and flavoring syrup, blended together in a frappe machine (mixer). Cabinet is a word used primarily in Rhode Island.

I'm told that elsewhere the long sandwiches they serve in pizza joints are called subs and hoagies. Bizarre!

Um.. no. Hamburg is not short for 'hamburger'. It's a way of referring to 'ground beef'.

Hoodsie Cup
Commercial at first, but came to include ice crean manufactured by companies other than Hood. A small cardboard cup of ice cream.

Ice Cream Soda
I don't know where you get your ice cream sodas but in Lowell, MA. an Ice Cream soda is a mix of equal portions of cream, syrup, and soda water mixed together with a scoop of Ice cream on top. Kind of like a float.

Ice Cream Soda
An Ice Cream Soda is similar to a frappe, but with soda water instead of milk.

Tiny candy that goes on ice cream. Come in plain 'chocolate' and 'rainbow' varietys. Known elsewhere as Sprinkes! Sprinkles to me sounds a little, well, feminine.

Another word for a hospital gown.

Not the African word, it means can you

Leaf Peepers
People who head up to New England to check out the foliage. Usually found driving 20 mph on major roadways. Of course, this is usually restricted to the Mohawk Trail (Route 2 west of Westminster). Interstate I-190 is really nice too, and not really well known, of course the speed limit is like 70mph, so it's not as cool for the old folks.

Milk Shake / Flavored Milk
Milk and syrup.

translates to "I don't believe it" and is usually followed by "yes-suh" and maybe derived from "no, sir"

You ain't from around here are you? Anyone who hasn't lived here their whole life basically. You can tell them apart because they usually have funny accents like those people on TV and don't know what the "Curse of the Bambino" is.

Package Store / Packie
Package stores are not where you buy boxes, it's where you go to get beer. Usually, people refer to them as "Packie's". You go down to the packie on a Friday to get ready for the weekend, especially if your from Southie. You have to remember in Massachusetts, the Blue Laws keep the Packie's closed on the weekend. You want beer on a Sunday? Better drive north to New Hampshire, it's cheaper there anyways. You also need to remember they don't generally sell alcohol in grocery stores here either, that requires a lot of paperwork and generally isn't done.

Palor is not used everyday. It is/was a formal living room for guests and sometimes a formal party. I'm 65. I remember palors.

A summer employee of the city or town who organizes games for the local children. Usually a college age boy or girl. Skilled in snaps and/or gimp.

Living room or family room

A word for porch, especially a porch of a three decker. Not heard much anymore.

(Really spelt pisser). Which means awesome, very good. No, I'm not making this up, I don't know how this one started.

It could also be pronounced as pocket book. It is another name for handbag or purse.

Rocking Chair

Tennis shoes

Pop is your father, not a drink.

Not a health club. A corner store with a soda fountain, selling candy, newspapers and lime rickeys.

South Boston, "Southie" Spuckie is a grinder and or sub sandwich.

Tin foil
Aluminum foil

This is another word for soda, I don't hear it in Worcester too often, mostly out by Boston. This is the original word for soda in New England.

Tonic Water
Carbonated water flavored with quinine as used in a "Gin and Tonic".

Something my grandmother always says in place of "see you later". She is from Concord, MA.

Someone who has basically lived in the same town for an extended period of time. ie. Since the dawn of time. (Not that awful TV show that used to be on, where the accents of the actors changed every episode).

Used to describe ice cream or snack cake, or any kind of sweet junk food

Water Bubbler
Drinking fountain? Who drinks out of a fountain? I'm told this is used outside of the region as well, so I guess we can't claim it as a unique New England word.

A modifier...equivalent to "very", only stronger. When someone in New England says something is wicked, they aren't calling it evil.

"Bang A Louey"
Better be careful where you do it, this means to make a U-Turn, also said as a U-e.

"Don't make 'knee-odds'"
This is a phrase that seems to have been passed down from the old timer New Englanders to present generations. It is a verbal shorthand for the phrase, "It doesn't make any odds" ---meaning, "it doesn't matter".

"Down Cella"
As in "the washing machine is down cella". Never down in THE cellar and definitely not the basement.

Hang a Ralph
To take a right turn while driving. To take a left turn is to "Bang a Louie" (mistakenly referred to above as equivalent to the oft used "Bang a U-ie"

A greeting ( not a Native American word) used primarily by Boston College Alumni Once commonly heard in Worcester, during the heyday of the BC/Holy Cross rivalry. Now relegated mostly to the bars around Cleveland Circle in Boston.

"Huck A Louey"
This is inreference to spitting. Such a vile habit...

"Did you eat." Or Jeetyet....."Did you eat yet ?"

Let It Be
"Let it be" was used for "Leave it alone." Let it be the way it is.

Not For Nothing
Not that it matters

Oki Doki
A popular phrase for "ok", may have it origins from WW 2 vets returning from Japan/Aisa, and permeates Northern New England slang.

"So don't I"
It means "that you do too". It is the "echo" of the negative tag question. "You live in Worcester, don't you? So don't I."

Stuck In
We used "stuck in" for "put in". I stuck it in the bag, etc.

Tap A Harry
To ask someone of legal age to buy alcohol (for a minor).

"Three Deckers"/"Triple Deckers"
Three story apartment buildings, usually with one apartment to the floor. Very popular at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, and hence one of the reasons there are so many in Worcester (which was the peak of Worcester's industral strength).

"Waddaya, retahded?"/"Waddaya, braindead?"
"Are you nuts?; How could you say/do that?; You don't know what you're talking about!" Etc.. Not a very good thing to say, as it is unfeeling towards retarded people, but to be "fair", actual medically retarded people are the farthest thing from the minds of the speaker. It's meant more as an observance of a lack of thought on the part of the recipient of the phrase.

Wicked Pissa
That guy cracks me up! He is wicked pissa.

"You can't get there from here"
To be honest, I've never understood why people say this. Basically it means you're heading in the wrong direction. This one is most popular in Maine I think, but I've heard it in all parts of New England. Especially when travelling. I used to pump gas at one time, and was always tempted to say it myself. Of course in Maine, there's a valid reason for this phrase. Most major roads tend to run north-south, so if you wanted to go somewhere west/east of your current location, it's a VERY long trip sometimes.

GREEN-MACHINE 01-24-2011 10:46 AM

The person driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you are cursing him for going too slow.

When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke...not quinine water.

You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.

You almost feel disappointed when someone doesn't flip you the bird when you cut them off or steal their parking space.

You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester, Woburn, Billerica, Haverhill, Barre and Cotuit.

You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday in order to get beer.

You know that there are two Bulger brothers, and that they're both crooks.

You know what they sell at a packie.

You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after last call.

You can actually find your way around Boston.

You get jimmies on your ice cream.

Evacuation Day is a recognized holiday.

You know what First Night is.

You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or Seamus.

You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and Independence Day.

You have never been to Cheers.

When the words 'WICKED' and 'GOOD' go together.

You knew that there was no chance in hell that the Pats would move to Hartford.

The curse of the Bambino is taught in public schools.

You own a "Yankees Suck" shirt or hat.

You think Doug Flutie is the greatest athlete ever.

You remember exactly where you were when the ball rolled through Buckner's legs.

You prayed for the Red Sox to win the World Series not this season, but in your lifetime...our prayes were answered! and theyll win again this season!

You know how to make a frappe.

You know what a hoodsie is.

You know that "Big Dig" is also a kind of ice cream you can get at Brigham's.

You actually know how to merge from 6 lanes of traffic down to one.

You never go to "Cape Cod", you go "down the Cape".

You think that Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter are more evil than Whitey Bulger.

You went to Old Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, or both, on field trip in grammar school.

You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day.

You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather dividing line.

You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.

You do not recognize the letter "R" as a part of the English language.

You've called something "wicked pissa"

You see people like Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Dicky Barret (The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones), and Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) in the local supermarket and it doesn't phase you.

You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater

Know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frank(ie)

Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkies, ATM or CVS within eyeshot at all times.

You keep an ice scraper and can of de-icer on the floor of your car...year round

You order iced coffee in January

You know what candlepin bowling is

You drive 45 minutes to New Hampshire to save $5 in sales tax

You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left.

You've bragged about the money you've saved at The Christmas Tree Shop

You know what a "regular" coffee is

You get mad when people order Regular coffee with cream and sugar

You get mad when people order regular coffee, and then bitch about the fact that there's cream and sugar in it

You know there is a much bigger difference between Roxbury and West Roxbury than just direction.

You think of Philadelphia as the Midwest.

You think there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R's).

You think three straight days of 80+ temperatures is a heatwave.

All your pets are named after Celtics or Bruins.

You refer to 6 inches of snow as a "dusting."

The weather changes from 70 and sunny to 20 and snowy in under an hour, and you hardly notice.

Just hearing the words "New York" puts you in an angry mood.

You don't think you have an attitude.

You always 'bang a left' as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.

Everything in town is "a five minute walk."

When out of town, you think the natives of the area are all whacked.

You know what a rotary is.

You've driven around a rotary seventeen times for pure sport.

You still can't bear to watch highlights from game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

You believe using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.

You don't realize that you walk and talk twice as fast as everyone else.

You're anal, neurotic, pessimistic and stubborn.

You think if someone is nice to you, they must want something or are from out of town.

Your favorite adjective is "wicked."

You think 63 degree ocean water is warm.

You think the Kennedy's are misunderstood.

WHEN WE SAY ________ WE MEAN...
Bizah - odd
Flahwiz - roses, etc.
Hahwahya? - how are you?
Khakis - what we staht the cah with
Pissah - superb
Retahded - silly
Shewah - of course
Wikkid - extremely
Yiz - you, plural
Popcahn - popular snack


You wear a Harvard sweatshirt.

You ask directions to "Cheers."

You order a grinder and a soda.

You follow soccer.

You eat at Durgin Park.

You pronounce it "Worchester" or Glouchester."

Frappes have ice cream; milk shakes don't.

If it's fizzy and flavored, it's tonic.
Soda is club soda. Pop is dad. When we mean tonic WATER, we say tonic WATER.

The smallest beer is a pint.

Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish.

If you paid more than $6 a pound, you got scrod.

It's not a water fountain, it's a bubblah.

It's not a trash can, it's a barrel.

It's not a shopping cart, it's a carriage.

It's not a purse, it's a pockabook.

It’s not a living room, it’s a pahlah.

They're not franks, they're haht
dahgs. Franks are money in France.

They're not groceries, they're bundles.

Don't call it Beantown.

Don't pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd.
They'll tow it to Meffa (Medford) or Slumaville (Somerville).

Don't swim in the Charles, no matter what Bill Weld tells you.

Don't sleep in the Common.

Don't wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.

There are two State Houses, two
City Halls, two courthouses and two Hancock buildings (one old, one new).

Route 128 is also I-95. It is also I-93.

It's the Sox, The Pats (or Patsies if they're losing), the Seltz, the Broons.

The underground train is not the subway. It's the T and it doesn't run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk).

Pay no attention to the street names. There's no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, no water on Water Street. Back Bay streets are in alphabetical odda. Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D. (no J)

If the streets are named after trees (Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you're on Beacon Hill. If they're named after poets you're in Wellesley.

All avenues are properly referenced by their nicknames: Comm Ave, Mass Ave., Dot Ave.

Dot is Dorchester, Rozzie Roslindale, JP is Jamaica Plain. Readville doesn't exist.

Southie is South Boston. The South End is the South End. Eastie is East Boston. The North End is east of the West End.

The West End and Scollay Square are no more-a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night.

The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston, which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End. Backbay was filled in years ago.

(subject to change at any time):
When on a one way street, stay to the right to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car.

The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it.

Double park in the North End of Boston, unless triple parking is available.

Learn to swerve abruptly. Boston is the home of slalom driving, thanks to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which puts potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.

Never get in the way of a car that needs extensive bodywork.

Always look both ways when running a red light.

Honk your horn the instant the light

Breakdown lanes are not for breaking down, but for speeding, especially during rush hour.
Breakdown lanes may also end without warning causing traffic jams as people merge back in.

Never use directional signals when changing lanes. They only warn other drivers to speed up and not let you in.

Making eye contact revokes your right of way.

Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right.

Whenever possible, stop in the middle of a crosswalk to ensure inconveniencing as many pedestrians as possible. And if a pedestrian ahead of you steps in the road, speed up loudly and chase him back up on the curb. Peds have no rights.
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Try leaving NJ and asking for chop meat in the butcher shop.

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