The fastest thing out of New Jersey since Tricky Nicky in a Muscovian handbasket
I did my undergraduate degree in the Finger Lakes area and I think Rochester gets lumped-in to that because it's really the closest "major" city; so a lot of Finger Lakes people travel to and from Rochester and the greater Rochester area.Here's an interesting map, though it's a bit off and more specific than I typically hear (Rochester is not part of the Finger Lakes, and I've never heard Thousand Islands Region)
Sometimes I think I lost something really important to me, and it turns out I already ate it.
In the NW it's usually the "boonies", or we used to say the "toolies", although we had a discussion in my office about that once, and I'm not sure anyone else had ever used it.
This of course led to my trying to figure it out. Apparently it comes from The word Tules which is bulrush from the Lake Tulare area in California. So, lost in the weeds or out in the middle of nowhere.
Someone today told me that the "break down lane" is not universally used in the U.S. I use that verbiage all the time when referencing the "shoulder" on a highway (which we don't call it here in Mass).
I once said to a co-worker of mine (who lives in the South) over the phone, "Don't get your knickers in a twist" and she laughed and said that was a"high falutin Yankee expression". Not sure what the equivalent expression is elsewhere.
Re: Carvel ice cream. I have a tank top (or singlet as it's called down here) from Carvel with a big ice cream cone on the front, and on the back it says "Ask me for a lick". I was most popular when I wore this to Mardi-Gras in Sydney. Actually, a friend of mine named Alison Jiear, who was in the original "Jerry Springer The Opera" musical always wanted to wear it. Here is a link to her singing "I just wanna dance" from the show. I know Fergus, Michael, Ziggy and certain other FSU'sers will go crazy for this if they haven't heard it already. I know there will be some users who think I (and Alison) should burn in hell for this, but f**k 'em. The show was a little average for me but Alli gave such an emotional performance (as seen in this clip)
I thought I should post it. Look on youtube for all the different recordings of her, including her doing it at Mardi Gras in Sydney with Tina Arena (MarieM I know you will know who Tina is). I met Alison when she was 18 and living next door to me in Sydney when I was doing the Original Australian production of La Cage Aux Folles. She was this big girl with an even bigger voice, and the most gorgeous personality. All she wanted to do was be successful. Alison was nominated for an Olivier Award for Jerry Springer and has since gone on to sing on projects like Danny Elfman's Corpse Bride among other things. I remember her as the fat clumsy girl, but she was such a funny funny girl. British people would know her from a famous Aussie group called "The Fabulous Singlettes" who had their own television show on Channel 4 over in the UK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLdktUk_HoY I'm sure the British had no idea what a "singlette" was. Sorry, I digressed. Sorry again.
Edited to add (the following morning) Oh my, free mini bar is not good, especially before I posted this... so very sorry all.
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I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.
I respectfully stand corrected!The people of Hudson County disrespectfully disagree.
Joining this thread late...
I'll be 40 in 2 months and have lived and traveled all over the midwest US. This thread is the first time I've ever heard a drinking fountain called a "bubbler".
Also odd, I'd only ever heard non-US people call it a "washroom" until I started working my current job (I'm in Chicago). Almost everyone here does. Weird. And by here, I mean the building I'm in.
"Bubbler" is one of those words that I've known existed since I was an early teen, but I never heard anyone actually say until a couple of years ago. I nearly peed my pants with excitement the first time I heard someone (a Bostonian) say he was going to the "bubblah" for a drink.
I remember taking a Dutch colleague to Boston and having him ask me what language the people in the train station were speaking. He refused to believe it was English. We were in business meetings, and he literally could not understand what people were saying.
The other one I couldn't believe was the "needs [verb]" without "to be" in between. Had heard it existed for years but never observed in real speech. Then one day, I heard someone who grew up in Western PA say, "the door needs fixed," and I was that it does, in fact, exist.
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my husband is from western PA. This morning he said to me "my underwear needs washed". The man is a lawyer, he is articulate, and he's lived in NJ for 40 years, but . Not only is there no "to be", the word wash is past tense. I said this up thread, he also says "they come over last night" instead of came over. His mother used to call bologna "jumbo". I had no idea what she wanted. I teased her for it. The next week she sent me a tear out from the newspaper, advertising jumbo on saleThe other one I couldn't believe was the "needs [verb]" without "to be" in between. Had heard it existed for years but never observed in real speech. Then one day, I heard someone who grew up in Western PA say, "the door needs fixed," and I was that it does, in fact, exist.
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Wikipedia entry on bologna allows that:ETA: Apparently you can lay the blame for the "needs + past participle construction" on the language of the early Scots-Irish settlers of the region around Pittsburgh. At least you can if the wiki on "Pittsburgh English" is accurate.In Pittsburgh and the surrounding area of southwestern Pennsylvania it is called jumbo.
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On Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia where I now live cottages, etc are called bungaloos.
Dinner is lunch
The mind of the performer is a very strange thing.