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skatingfan5
02-03-2012, 10:15 PM
I've heard it regularly in IL, WI, and MN. http://www.law.wisc.edu/blogs/wisblawg/2007/12/origins_of_the_bubbler.html

Maybe it's just an upper Midwest thingMaybe. I've lived in Illinois for several decades (including northern Illinois during my high school years) and have never heard the term "bubbler" used. "Drinking fountain" seems to be the most common usage here in central Illinois (which differentiates it from the coin-tossing type of water fountain).

I've heard of traffic circles being called "rotaries" -- not sure exactly where, though, but not here. :lol:

BlueRidge
02-03-2012, 10:16 PM
I've never heard anyone say "bubbler," including friends in MN (I have quite a few from there) and Illinois (not as many, but still). The only person I know in Wisconsin in Veronika and I don't know what she says. Maybe she'll show up and tell us.

But if you said "bubbler" here, no one would have a clue what you meant. FSU is only place I have seen that term for what I call a drinking fountain or water fountain. When I say I have never heard anyone say "bubbler," I mean that I literally have never heard that term used--no students, no transplants, no locals when I have traveled.

I've always kind of looked forward to hearing it, because it sounds rather cheerful, but no.

I haven't heard anyone say bubbler in more than 40 years. My mother, my aunt and my grandmother used it because they were from Boston. I learned to say drinking fountain so as to not have people look at me like I was speaking gibberish.

agalisgv
02-03-2012, 10:27 PM
Leave it to wiki to explain the origins and usage of bubbler :D:
The Bubbler' was developed in 1889 by the then-small Kohler Water Works (now Kohler Company) in Kohler, Wisconsin, which was already well-known for its faucet production. While Harlan Huckleby is credited with the actual design, it was Kohler who patented it and trademarked the name. The original Bubbler shot water one inch straight into the air, creating a bubbling texture, and the excess water ran back down over the sides of the nozzle. It was several years later before the Bubbler adopted the arc projection, which may have allowed the drinker to partake more easily, or was perceived to be more sanitary.
Current usage of term

"Bubbler" is still used as a generic term in several regional dialects of the United States, originating in eastern Wisconsin and remaining well-known throughout the state. The term is widely used in NSW Australia. Oregon is also known to be quite familiar with the term, specifically in the Portland region where in the late 1800s Simon Benson installed 20 fountains, which are now known in the Portland area as "Benson Bubblers". It is also commonly used in New England, especially in the state of Rhode Island and in the cities of Worcester, MA and Lowell, MA. Despite its widespread usage in the aforementioned areas, the term "water fountain" is much more commonly used than "bubbler" throughout the remainder of North America.

Nan
02-03-2012, 10:34 PM
And, of course we have jug handles. People from other areas don't like them, but I think they are much safer than making a left turn across a wide highway.


I think this is what I grew up calling a "Michigan left."

Rob
02-03-2012, 10:39 PM
I have never heard bubbler before.

BigB08822
02-03-2012, 10:44 PM
I have never heard of bubbler in my life. For the record, people don't ONLY use the word lovely to describe something they don't like. It just depends whether they are in a sarcastic mood or not. Lovely is usually used in the way you would think, to describe something nice and pleasing.

BigB08822
02-03-2012, 10:47 PM
Never heard of a bubbler before. Sounds like something I'd hear at a gay club.

Philadelphians like to say "do you know what I mean" at the end of every sentence. It's morphed into the word "jhadanawwhutimean?"

:lol: at the gay club comment.

I can not stand when people say "know what I mean..." My bf used to do it ALL THE TIME and I got so fed up with it that I would begin yelling and foaming at the mouth. He would get offended and take it personally but I told him that I took it personally that he had to check with me after every sentence to make sure I was able to understand his ultra sophisticated ways of speaking! I must look really confused when I am listening or maybe, just maybe, he had some awful speaking habits that needed breaking? They have since been broken. :)

VALuvsMKwan
02-03-2012, 10:49 PM
I've never heard of "jug handle" before and am still not sure I understand what it means. :confused:

Bostonfan
02-03-2012, 11:09 PM
I learned about Jug handles when driving through New jersey. I had to get on the other side of a highway and was driving in the left lane waiting to come to a light that would allow me to take a u-turn. Finally I got a red light and saw these cars crossing over from the right to get on the other side.

A "jug handle" is the visual term for exiting off right and looping around so you can cross a busy street and reverse your direction. I never heard of the term before then.

cruisin
02-03-2012, 11:43 PM
I've never heard about the "bubbler" before. Plenty of "wicked" in Boston area though. Also, they say "roundabout" in NJ too.

I have lived in NJ my entire life, I never heard roundabout until the "British sounding voice" used it in the French Navigation device.


I've never heard of "jug handle" before and am still not sure I understand what it means. :confused:

In order to make a U turn or left turn on most NJ divided highways, you exit on the right and loop around left, to a traffic light to either cross over the highway or make the left turn (for a U turn)



A "jug handle" is the visual term for exiting off right and looping around so you can cross a busy street and reverse your direction. I never heard of the term before then.

It's also for left turns.

KatieC
02-03-2012, 11:44 PM
A "jug handle" is the visual term for exiting off right and looping around so you can cross a busy street and reverse your direction. I never heard of the term before then.

So this involves a bridge? Is it the same as a highway exit - or off ramp?

The city next to where I live had little green drinking fountains that were called shortie greens or something like that. Don't know if any still exist.

Where I grew up we used the phrase "going into the creek" for going downtown. Not sure if it's still used, but outsiders generally didn't get it, or looked surprised when they heard it.

rjblue
02-03-2012, 11:46 PM
I've never heard a fountain called a bubbler.

The county in New Brunswick that I grew up in has so many local idioms, and so many ex-pats, that someone started a website to catalogue and describe our colourful local dialect. If you listen to the audio, I have to say- we really do sound like that.

Here's a few :
Lunch box, pail- for us it is a "lunch bucket" or a "bucket"
Rubber boots are just "rubbers" and no one giggles.
Rubber bands for your hair are "elastics".
No one has a cottage, but most people have a camp.
We don't play badminton, we play bammington.

And everyone here knows what you mean when you say you left something out in the dooryard. (http://www.dooryard.ca/index0.html)

PrincessLeppard
02-03-2012, 11:47 PM
I've lived in the Midwest since I was two and never heard "bubbler". What are you defining as Midwest???

Ditto. Actually, I've never heard anyone say it. I've read it, so I know what it is, but I have never heard it spoken. Ever.

julieann
02-03-2012, 11:58 PM
I lived in Minnesota almost my whole life and I have never heard of a bubbler before.

Although I do get funny looks when I order a pop in Arizona.

cruisin
02-04-2012, 12:06 AM
So this involves a bridge? Is it the same as a highway exit - or off ramp?

It is an exit. But it doesn't necessarily involve a bridge. It can be an over or underpass, but usually it is just a traffic light. You exit the highway about 500 ft. before the light. Drive around a loop to the left, and come to a traffic light. There you can go straight through (essentially making a left turn), or you can make a left (essentially making a u turn). Basically it is "all turns from right lane".