Stef (firecat) wrote,
Stef
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Via ljgeoff, an open-ended U.S. regional vocabulary (and behavior) quiz. I think it works best if you fill the quiz out before looking at other people's answers. My answers are under the cut.

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.

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

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.

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

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.

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

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.

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

12. Shoes worn for sports.

13. Putting a room in order.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.

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?

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

19. What's the evening meal?

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?

my answers
I list all the terms I use, in order of how often I use them. For reference, I grew up mostly in Michigan near Detroit, but my relatives all come from Illinois. Then I spent 10 years in Connecticut and after that 20 years in California.

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Stream, creek

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
Cart, shopping cart, grocery cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Lunchbox

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

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Couch

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Gutters, downspouts

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

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
Soda (I used to call it pop, but changed to soda when I moved to the East Coast and never went back)

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

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub (I called it a grinder when I lived in Connecticut)

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach?
Depending on the kind of item it is: Swim trunks, board shorts, briefs

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Tennis shoes, running shoes, high-tops, cross-trainers (IOW, I mostly don't use a generic term for them; I identify them by the type of sport they're associated with. In Michigan when I was growing up, they were tennis shoes or tennies.)

13. Putting a room in order.
Tidying

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
Firefly

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Pillbug

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.
Teeter-totter

17. How do you eat your pizza?
Pick up a piece with my right hand, supporting bottom with my left hand. If it's a wedge shape, I fold in half lengthwise, eat from point back. If it's a square shape I eat from one corner without folding.

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

19. What's the evening meal?
Dinner

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
Basement.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Drinking fountain, water fountain,
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