I've lived in southern Illinois all my life and have never heard of a bubbler, it was always a water fountain or maye a drinking fountain. The large, decorative fountains are just called fountains. We have soda down here. It become pop somewhere northern in the state.
I live in Alabama, and a lot of people here say "I"m fixin' to..." instead of "I'm going to," or "I'm about to..."
...and I have heard the term "bubbler," but it was specifically in reference to my 8 year-old's bathtime activities.
The Midwest does have a wide range of idioms. I grew up saying "pop" and "sack" instead of "soda" and "bag." Also, in some areas of the Midwest you bring a "casserole" to a potluck and in other areas you bring a "hot dish."
(p.s. I'm a "grammartician", and I still forget how to use punctuation marks with quotation marks!!!)
I don't know if that is so much regional, as it is old fashioned . My grandmother said catty corner, my Mom did sometimes, but you rarely hear it said anymore."Catty-corner" as in "Their house is catty-corner from ours," means it's not directly across but more diagonally across.
I would say stylist, that's what they are. How about beauty parlor as opposed to salon? Again, I think beauty parlor is just an old fashioned term, salon is more current.A beauty operator is a hair stylist. This one must have fallen out of use because my daughter laughed like crazy the first time she heard me use the term.
Cellar may be more common in New England; almost everyone there has a cellar. No one has a basement.
My husband grew up in the New Orleans suburbs and the people there use "coke" for all kinds of soda. "What kind is coke do you want?"
They also say they are making groceries instead of going grocery shopping.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.
Do you have a couch, a sofa or a settee? I think the Midwestern term is a couch.
I grew up in BC, Canada. We say pop, couch, dinner, flip flops, sprinkles and basement. I've never heard of bubbler or jimmies.
I live in Texas. If someone asked me where they could find a bubbler, I would think they they were looking for a marijuana pipe. Typing "bubbler" into google shows the same thing.
Another charming Alabama/blue collar southern idiom is "where you at?" instead of "Where are you?" Picture Larry the Cable Guy saying it; that's just how it sounds...
Here is one my husband was talking about last night: sub vs. hoagie vs. grinder vs. hero vs. bomber vs. po' boy.
Sometimes I think I lost something really important to me, and it turns out I already ate it.
We say couch or sofa. Husband's from western PA. A few colloquialisms there. One that always makes me is "they come over last night" instead of they came over last night. They also put accents on different syllables in words.
For instance: umbrella - they put the accent on um, we put the accent on brel.