Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Another Meme - Geographic Venacular

I just love these things - I find them interesting. I know I'm a geek.

Via Ryan

Age: 27
Where did you grow up? Dodge Center, MN (southeast MN near Rochester)


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

2. What's the thing you push around the grocery store is called? Cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in? Lunch box

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? Gutter

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

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? Like Ryan, I usually call it "pop," but sometimes say "soda."

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

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

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

12. Shoes worn for sports? Tennis shoes

13. Putting a room in order? Cleaning or "picking up"

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

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball? Crunchy worm

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? Always with my hands (never w/ knife & fork)

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

19A. What's the midday meal? Lunch

19B. 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

22. Harass: Where does the accent go? "ass"

23. Vehicle: Where does the accent go? First syllable (Vee-hickle)

24. Latter: Pronounced with with a "T" in the middle or a "D" in the middle? With a "D"

25. Kitten: Pronounced with with a "T" in the middle or a glottal stop in the middle? Glottal stop

26. Game where kids sit in a circle and one goes around tapping each head saying "":
DUCK, DUCK, GRAY DUCK!! (that way you can go around the circle saying "red duck, green duck, yellow duck, etc." Much more fun that way....)

(I guess Iowans and Minnesotans have very similar venaculars, but Wisonsinites usually have lots of different terms for things than we do, I think.)


  • #1 - I call it a creek

    #14 - I call it a lightning bug

    #15 - I call it a rolly polly

    #26 - never heard of the grey part until you mentioned it on Stacy's blog.

    The rest are the same!

    By Blogger katie, at 3:55 PM  

  • 1. It's a CREEK (some new jersey-ans pronounce that crick)

    8. I say soda

    10. I call it a hoagie
    12. I say sneakers

    13. I say straighten up

    14. I call it a lightning bug

    15. I dont know what those are

    16. It's a see saw

    17 - fold it in half and eat it with my hands

    26. Duck duck goose.

    By Blogger Biglug, at 7:39 PM  

  • I saw these same questions on a quiz called "How Dixie Are You". I was not so much Dixie.

    By Blogger ab, at 10:48 AM  

  • Pretty much the same Kiddo except for this weird "Gray Duck"..ummmm It's Duck, Duck, Goose.

    By Blogger lynne, at 8:43 PM  

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