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Geographic slang

I've been in an actual good mood today. Could be because I'm feeling better. Or because the weather cooled down again. Or there could be other reasons. You know of what I speak. Yes, you know.

Small sideline here to insert my favorite captured pic of the preview:

"...it would be safe for you to have a wink now, master. Safe, if you lay close to me. I'd be dearly glad to see you have a sleep. I'd keep watch over you; and anyway, if you lay near, with my arm round you, no one could come pawing you without your Sam knowing it."
- Sam, LOTR, Book 4, Chapter 8 ("The Stairs of Cirith Ungol") (Or, LOTR 4:8, to put it in Biblical-style terms.)

Edit: That's actually just my favorite captured pic in the "Squee" category. In the "Cool!" category might be this one:

Morgul Vale, baby. My fandom glows an evil noisome green.

Anyway. I have another linguistic survey for you all. Give me some geographic slang, if you will. For example, a "California stop" is when a driver slows down and rolls through a stopsign without actually stopping. A "Tennessee waterfall," as mentioned last week, is a mullet. A "Dutch treat" means paying your own way; and there are so many on the Irish that I can't even think of one. Yes, this is going to be offensive to someone or other. But it's also funny as hell, and, uh, anyway this is all for science. Yeah. So share! Thank you.


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Sep. 29th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
It's all for science...
Hoosier side:
* "Kentucky chrome" -- silver duct tape or paint.
From a friend in Illinois:
* "Tennessee Tupperware" -- Cool Whip containers, plastic containers from the deli section, etc.
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
Duct Tape
In South Africa, we call any form of duct tape McGiver tape (he could fix anything with a piece of tape and a pocket knife!)

We dont have the silver tape, but you get a brownish tape to seal boxes (when packing) which in our household is called McGiver tape.
Re: Duct Tape - (Anonymous) - Oct. 30th, 2003 05:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Duct Tape - i_kat_i - Oct. 30th, 2003 06:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Duct Tape - (Anonymous) - Oct. 30th, 2003 08:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Duct Tape - i_kat_i - Oct. 30th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Duct Tape - (Anonymous) - Oct. 31st, 2003 12:49 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mollyringle - Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:31 pm (UTC)
It's actually "California roll" where I am, but it could well be California stop elsewhere in the state.

And...that's all I can think of. Huh.
Sep. 30th, 2003 04:20 am (UTC)
A california roll is a sushi roll with lettuce, mayo, cucumber and that fake seafood stuff, where I come from!
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
All I can think of are "California stop" and "New York minute." ^_^;;
Sep. 30th, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm Australian, so you probably won't have heard this one.. 'Toorak tractor' is used to refer to those expensive 'luxury' 4wd's that people buy, that never actually leave the city or do any off-road driving. Toorak is a pretty wealthy suburb in Melbourne, there's a ton of variations on this one for other suburbs in Melbourne and Sydney, and sometimes tractor gets changed for tank, bulldozer, bus or whatever.
Sep. 30th, 2003 07:02 am (UTC)
I like that. We see loads of 4x4s here that only ever do the school run...
Toorak Tractor - (Anonymous) - Dec. 11th, 2003 08:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 30th, 2003 04:31 am (UTC)
Kansas City typewriter: machine gun
Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Nice. Shouldn't it be a Chicago typewriter, given the gangster action in the '20s?...
(no subject) - valarltd - Oct. 2nd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 30th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC)
heh... Oregon sunshine! (which we might get today!!)
Sep. 30th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
French Leave--going AWOL or running away
French Letter--postcard
Kansas Driver--speeding male driver; this is used predominantly in the Kansas City area, St. Louis calls them Illinois drivers, Billings MT assumes they're Nodaks (North Dakotans) and Toledo calles them Detroit Drivers
Dec. 11th, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC)
French Letter
Alternate meaning of French Letter (aka fishskin):

Re: French Letter - valarltd - Dec. 12th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 30th, 2003 09:35 am (UTC)
The Trailer
Oooh, the trailer! Thanks for the heads-up on this. I've become so obsess...I mean interested in CSI that I hadn't looked lately. Pretty, pretty pictures.

As for slang, how about a dope. A dope is a soft drink in East Tennessee. As in, ya wan a dope? And it's usually a Pepsi cause there's a Pepsi bottling plant just down the road.
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I can think of two other terms for "California stop", the longer "California rolling stop" and the regionally smaller version (which I think is the original), "Hollywood stop".

I can't really think of any others that haven't already been mentioned.
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
SA slang
Something that amused my Canadian hubby when he arrived here is the fact that we talk about a 3" disk as a STIFFY and a 5" one as a FLOPPY.

Sneakers are called Tekkies (pronounced Tackies).

Flip-flop shoes are called Moses plakkies/sandals.

Shoes made from leather are called "Vellies" (Pron: fellees. Vel = Skin/hide)

Valies are strictly people who live north of the Vaal river (but anyonel living inland gets labelled as Valies) and are called that by people living in the coastal regions (we are being swamped by the Valies this summer!)

A Braai is a South African BBQ and happens in any weather at any time of day. A Bring-and-Braai means you bring your own meat (and sometimes drinks) along - the hosts will provide salads, etc...

Throw-away food ...bits of leaves, grass, etc. usually lying in or next to road, dropped by elephants while browsing.

Meal-on-wheels - tourists on an open vehicle in lion country. (Yeah, I know it is sick!!)
Oct. 1st, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: SA slang
Just realised none of these are really geographical (doh! Senior moment)

African time - if someone is late, or taking very long to do something, you say they function on African time.
Sep. 30th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hah! That's hilarious.

Climb UP toward CRACKS OF DOOM


US slang - (Anonymous) - Dec. 11th, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 30th, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC)
In Michigan, we have the "Michigan Left" on the roads, which means a driver pulls right onto a major road or freeway only to crossover immediately to the left and make a median turnaround.

Then, of course, anyone from the Upper Peninsula is automatically known as a "Yooper", at least to us from the Lower Peninsula ;-)
Sep. 30th, 2003 11:47 pm (UTC)
Let's see.
Texas tea = oil.
Chinese fire drill = everybody jumps out of a car when it stops, runs around the car, and jumps back into a different seat. A genuine CFD includes swapping drivers. WHY it is called this, I have no idea.
Rocky Mountain oysters = pig's testicles (or sometimes lamb's testicles).
Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, forgot those... No idea why it's a *Chinese* fire drill. Wonder if anyone knows anymore...
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:23 am (UTC)
Hmm...the only thing I can think of is the "California Hello" which is flipping someone off. I don't know why it's called that, but it is sure to offend some Californians. : )

We have some slang terms that Alaskans know, but I don't think the rest of the world uses them. Whenever we say "the party is 'Fairbanks formal'" we mean flannel and jeans are acceptable. We have more slang obviously, but I can't think of any that are of a geographic nature.
Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hee hee...those are pretty good. Hadn't heard them before. I shall be sure to start using "California Hello." And sounds like Fairbanks formal is similar to Seattle formal...only maybe we'd incorporate raingear...
Oct. 1st, 2003 01:37 pm (UTC)
Geo Slang
Well, I'm from Canada, so we have a couple of good ones that aren't really coming to mind now, but here's a few I do:

- "Prairie Oysters": cow testicles
- If something/someone is "like the Canadian Military" it usually means it/they are either nonexistant or really slow.

There are those, and if I think of any more I'll post them, but have any of you ever heard the saying, "If you don't like the weather in Halifax, wait 10 minutes"? Cause it's true!

Oct. 11th, 2003 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Geo Slang
Re: Halifax weather, we say the same thing in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia). "Don't like the weather? Wait ten minutes" and "Four seasons in a day" are common sayings down here. Woe betide anyone who doesn't care to carry a coat and umbrella!

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