November 17th, 2003

happyfindus

SAY WHAT?!

(Be grateful: I left a lot of them out)

aunt as in ant
been as in ben
caramel as in car-ml
crayon as in cran
creek as in kreek
mary/merry/marry are pronounced the same, dammit
mayonnaise as in man-aiyz
both miss-chiv-us and miss-chee-vee-us
pee-CAN unless it's pee-kahn pie
poem has only one syllable, dammit
etc = et-setra or et-setera
It's a faucet, dammit
umBRELLa
dragged (but I have to admit I thought drug for a second)
you all or you guys
one modal at a time, dammit
none of those uses of anymore are acceptable, dammit
garage sale or yard sale
mumblety peg
median or island
milkshake
sub
either firefly or lightning bug
crayfish
daddy longlegs
grandma for both
grandpa for both
dust bunnies
sneakers or tennis shoes
roly-poly
grocery cart
kittycorner
doing donuts but whipping shitties made me laugh out loud; does anyone actually USE that?!
scratch or scrap paper both work for me
sun shower
goosebumps
eye boogers or gunk
no-brainer
traffic circle
ponytail holder or rubberband
no, but I know what cruller means
yuuuuummmm, bear claws!
coffin
oil and vinegar, dammit
92: I call it idiotic and suicidal
frosting and icing, even though I know there's a difference
I don't use supper; it's dinner
wastepaper basket or just "the trash" or "the garbage"
frontage road
cut the grass and mow the lawn
hand in homework
waterstrider
water or drinking fountain
subway
soda
TP-ing
gaper's block (caused by rubberneckers)
bag
the butt
moot
basement or cellar depending on what they're used for
shotgun!
ogle, but I pronounce it oogle
especially, dammit

American Dialect Survey Results

You can tell I grew up with Midwestern parents, even though I moved around so much :)

(thanks for the link, Russell!)
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