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Local sayings

I recanted the following story to my kids the other day and it got me wondering... Are there any sayings (or names for things) that are completely normal where you're from, but are considered strange elsewhere?

 

Several years ago my Mom came to visit me here in NE from where we're from in WI.  We were out shopping and as she's looking in her purse she says to me, "I'm low on cash.  I need to find a time machine."  I paused and just blinked for a moment until I realized what she was talking about.  "Mom, you can't say that.  They're just called ATMs out here.  If you ask for the nearest TYME machine people will think you're crazy."

 

(In WI many ATM's said Take Your Money Everywhere on them.)

 

Also, who knows what a "bubbler" is?

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Southern CA is responsible for about 90% of US slang. Blame Hollywood.

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In Texas everything is Coke.  Doesn't matter what type of soft drink you want it's a Coke.  

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Lol! So true.

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That really confused me and the husband.  We were stationed at Shepherd for awhile and while at a car dealership the sales guy asked us if we wanted a Coke.  We were like, "Yeah, that'd be great."  Then he asked us, "What kind?"  "Ummm... Coke?"

 

I still don't get it.  What if you want a Pepsi?  Do you call it a Pepsi Coke?

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Lol, If i was at a party and someone asked what i wanted i would say a coke, And they would interpret that as any soft drink available. But if you wanted a Pepsi you would say Pepsi. Haha it's not a great system but it's a habit just to say Coke. 

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re - "i would say a coke, And they would interpret that as any soft drink available."

 

But what if you wanted an actual Coke then?  

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Well that i do not know, I don't like Coke, Nor do i really drink any soft drinks for that matter, but i guess you would just say, Coca-Cola! And i think they would get it... lol

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Then you say Coke.  I've found most people in tax drink coke, diet coke or dr. Pepper. Pepsi isn't their top choice.  However I've always been more of a Pepsi fan myself.  for me it's either Pepsi or Dr Pepper.

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When they ask what kind, you just say, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, etc.  Coke is just their generic for a carbonated beverage.  Smiley Wink

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I hear "fixin ta" a lot down here..."I'm fixin' ta try out that new Chanel eye shadow palette"...

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I'm from Wisconsin too, and I've never heard TYME machine! I definitely use bubbler all the time though, if you mean drinking fountain.

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My roommate in College was from Rhode Island, it only took me a few weeks to start saying "wicked" a lot, which I can't stand. 

Is "wonky" an East Coast thing? I say that sometimes. 

& "Fantabulous" as in fantastic & fabulous mushed together

We also over use creep & creeper. "That guy is such a creeper" 

We say sub instead of hoagie... if you ask for a hoagie you'll probably get a blank stare. 

Contrary to popular believe no one from Jersey says "joisy" I think people from Long Island coined that word

We also never ask for a soda, no... we're much more specific than that. It's always "I'll have a coke" or "Do you have Sprite" 

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I say "wonky" and "sub".  Smiley Happy

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I say wonky, and like to mesh up words like fantabulous.. 

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This is so funny.  Since I haven't participated in the TSB's maybe I should just send all you former Wisconsinites some real cheese.

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I miss brick cheese so bad. NOBODY knows what it is out west. They say happy cows come from California and make better cheese....no way! Wisconsin cheese rules!  Give me brick cheeseesse. My husband grew up in California and got stuck in Minnesota at the airport. He now admits that dairy from the Midwest is better. He liked how creamy it was compared to California. It had cream in top the bottle. I want to get some cheese but the Wisconsin cheeseman is so expensive. I need some Racine Kringle to!

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LOL you are listing some very good reason why I will never be skinny!  I don't think WI Cheeseman is in business anymore.  I might have to make a post about what local company ships cheese for a decent price!  Smiley Happy

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Yes, please! I would appreciate it!

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Check out Kraemer Dairy in Watertown, WI.  I just put a $45 cheese gift box in my cart and it was $10 shipping.

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Kalex mentioned a great one.  I was going to say gibbsvillecheese.com.  Cheese curds are only $4.30 for one pound.  They make some of the best.

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Apparently Bug Dope isn't really a thing outside the Yukon. I always thought Bug Dope is what everyone called insect repellant, but I've slowly come to realize that it is not a common saying.

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