April 2nd, 2008


userinfo senji
2008/04/02 10:59:00 - Dialect meme
Snarfed unrepentantly from shinydan. I am from Yorkshire (and have many other dialectic influences). I call things:

  1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
    Stream, beck, rivulet.
  2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
    Shopping trolley
  3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
    Lunchbox
  4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
    Frying pan
  5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
    Settee, Sofa, Futon, Chaise Longue
  6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
    Gutter/Guttering
  7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
    Patio, alternatively if raised then Verandah
  8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
    Fizzy drink, soda
  9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
    Pancake - but I wouldn't generally eat them from breakfast. Last time I did it was crêpe.
  10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
    Baguette, but I've not seen one long enough to be a whole meal
  11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
    Trunks or boxers, depending
  12. Shoes worn for sports.
    Trainers, plimsols, or pumps.
  13. Putting a room in order.
    Tidying up
  14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
    Firefly, although like shinydan I've never seen one.
  15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
    Apparently this is a Woodlouse. Who knew?
  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.
    See-saw.
  17. How do you eat your pizza?
    With social adeptness.
  18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
    Unusual.
  19. What's the evening meal?
    Dinner if it's the main meal of the day, Tea if it's unheated or bread products such as crumpets, probably Supper otherwise.
  20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
    Cellar, although we don't typically have them in the UK any more
  21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
    Much like shinydan I can't remember the last time I saw a public drinking fountain.

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userinfo pm215
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2008/04/02 10:49:04
Apparently this is a Woodlouse. Who knew?

Me :-)

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(Anonymous)
2008/04/02 10:57:00
1. brook
2. shopping trolley
3. lunchbox (although if it were metal I might start wondering whether I should call it a tiffin)
4. frying pan
5. sofa
6. gutter
7. patio
8. fizzy drink
9. pancake
10. baguette
11. swimming trunks
12. trainers
13. tidying up
14. firefly
15. woodlouse
16. see-saw
17. in slices, with a knife and fork
18. garage sale
19. dinner
20. cellar
21. drinking fountain

(S) (from Northants)
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userinfo woodpijn
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2008/04/02 11:18:35
It's a bit too full of American cultural assumptions to be much use.

Specifically, "The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening" (I'm more sure I've never seen this than that I've never seen a firefly* - I'm having trouble even picturing it), "A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup", "when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff", "The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are" (I only learned very recently that a furnace is the American equivalent of a boiler, but I didn't know they kept them in their basements/cellars) and "the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places".

*is that the same as a glow-worm? I haven't seen one of those either.

Also, how is pizza-eating style a part of dialect?
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userinfo marnanel
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2008/04/02 11:52:54
Yes, it is. I don't know why they keep them in their cellars either and not in a linen cupboard or something, although ours here runs on oil! And fireflies (which I have now seen) aren't the same as glowworms (which I haven't); they are quite a sight to see. Also, you know that insect noise which American films use to show "silence" at night? It really happens.
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userinfo senji
2008/04/02 12:11:09
I have no idea what pizza-eating style has to do with anything.
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userinfo lnr
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2008/04/02 11:56:44
Question 10 would be much more fun if they wanted the name of a small piece of bread in a vaguely round shape, often used to make sandwiches. Bun, roll, barm, cob, bap, scuffler, etc etc.

I'm really surprised you don't know what a woodlouse is called.
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userinfo senji
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2008/04/02 12:07:49
I know what the insect called a woodlouse looks like, I didn't know it rolled into a ball.
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userinfo lnr
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2008/04/02 12:14:56
Maybe you were the sort of kid who didn't habitually pick insects up?
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userinfo woodpijn
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2008/04/02 12:18:13
I knew woodlice curled into a ball, but I didn't know they were unique in doing so, so "The little insect that curls up into a ball" would have thrown me without seeing Senji's answer.
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userinfo shinydan
2008/04/02 13:46:24
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userinfo senji
2008/04/02 14:22:54
It does?
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(Anonymous)
2008/04/03 08:42:36
Oh, definitely. There was an hour long programme (admittedly on BBC4) about precisely this only a fortnight ago.
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userinfo alaimacerc
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2008/04/05 12:49:54
I'm not at all so sure about that. If I told you that my answer to #1 was "burn" and #15 was "slater", what does that tell you about my social class? Perhaps more accurately said about _England_, along proverbially Shavian lines. Though even there it seems like a bit of grab-bag. Sounds like an interesting documentary, though, what was it called? (They must be bound to repeat it, given their Generous Budget(TM).)

Well, actually, my meta-answer to #15, having determined that the answer sought was "wood louse", would be "woodlice aren't insects", which doubtless tells you something entirely different...
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userinfo kaet
2008/04/02 15:05:06
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
ditch, drain, eau
2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
trolley
3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
lunchbox
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
frying pan
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
sofa
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.
verandah
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
fizzy drink
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
pancake
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
baguette
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
trunks
12. Shoes worn for sports.
trainers, plimsoles
13. Putting a room in order.
tidying it, sorting it
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
glow worm
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
woodlouse, little pig
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.
see-saw
17. How do you eat your pizza?
with fingers
18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
garage sale
19. What's the evening meal?
dinner, supper, tea
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
cellar (furnace and rec room, eh, you mean boiler and games room?)
21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
drinking fountain

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userinfo kaet
2008/04/02 15:06:53
BTW, eau is pronounced "ear" when used in English for a ditch. As in Pophams Eau.
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userinfo ilanin
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2008/04/02 16:27:31
1. Brook, stream
2. Shopping Trolley
3. I do not recall ever having carried my lunch in a non-plastic container. Probably lunchbox, maybe pail.
4. Frying pan.
5. Settee, Sofa
6. Gutter (vertical), Drainpipe (horizontal)
7. Verandah, but they're terrifically rare in the UK.
8. Fizzy drink
9. Pancake
10. Depending on the type of bread, baguette or ploughman's.
11. Um. I suspect "swimming trunks", but beaches are not IME this uniform
12. Trainers
13. Tidying up
14. Firefly
15. Woodlouse
16. Seesaw
17. The same way the company is; with fingers if alone
18. Yard sale. My parents would call this something different; I am Americanized.
19. Dinner/Tea with the same logic as senji.
20. Cellar
21. I'm going to be a smartass here and say "Kiosk" given previous comments about rarity of fountains.

(born in West Yorkshire, lived most of life at triple point of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and North Lincs)
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userinfo ilanin
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2008/04/02 16:28:42
Um, my labels in 6 are the wrong way round.
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(Anonymous)
2008/04/12 19:46:21
1. Stream, burn, rivulet
2. Trolley
3. Lunchbox is what they mean, but "Jerry can" is more plausible
4. Frying pan
5. Sofa, settee (only in speech)
6. Gutter, drainpipe
7. Patio
8. Fizzy drink
9. Pancake, although I've never had one for breakfast for two reasons
10. Tricky. The bread product is a baguette, but the concept of overfilling it enough to count as a full meal almost enforces "sub"
11. Trunks or shorts
12. Trainers, except for primary school PE (gym shoes, rarely plimsolls)
13. Alphabetising (to "aoorm")
14. Firefly
15. Slater or woodlouse
16. See-saw
17. With fingers, starting from the crust, unless in a Pizza Express
18. Garage sale
19. Dinner if main meal, tea if not (same distinction as Senji, really - I can't think of an "other" situation)
20. Cellar/basement (I'd probably store things in a cellar, and have converted a basement to living accommodation)
21. Drinking fountain

Chris H
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