Update on the last post's linguistics dabbling (re: regional slang).
So if you say:
- purse vs. pocketbook:
pocketbook is a NY or northeastern term, purse more standard south and west.
- sub vs. hoagie:
Hoagie is a Philadelphia area term, sub is used more frequently in the northeast. I was surprised to learn "hero" is a NY term; it sounds so wrong. Half my family is from NY and I've never heard them use this. Interesting.
- water ice vs. slurpee:
What a strange term -- "water-ice"! It's from the Philadelphia region. Slurpee is from the Northeast coast.
- bucket vs. pail:
From Dictionary.com: "Though both bucket and pail are used throughout the entire U.S., pail has its greatest use in the Northern U.S., and bucket is more commonly used elsewhere, esp. in the Midland and Southern U.S."
- soda vs. pop:
Soda is more northeastern, pop is used more towards the west. Check out the soda vs. pop map (thanks, Geekhiker!).
Anything else you say or have noticed regionally? Do you have an accent? I love accents, they're so inherently charming, no matter where they from. I could listen to them all day. This stuff is so fascinating.
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