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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:20 am

Judy:45547 wrote:
Rhody:45402 wrote:... Even though Rhode Island is so small we have our own distinct accent and have weird words for things that you will never hear anywhere else in the  whole country.
What are some other weird words you use?
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:22 am

Rhody:45548 wrote:Oh, like we call a fountain you drink water out of a "bubbler". Only we pronounce it bubblah.

We have coffee ice cream and we make a drink with it and coffee syrup and milk and call it a coffee cabinet.  Some people call it a milkshake or a frappe. It's like an ice cream soda without the soda and milk instead.

These are the ones I can think of  off the bat.
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Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:26 am

Judy:45555 wrote:I live in the southwestern part of Wisconsin, and we also call a water fountain, “bubbler”; although we don’t pronounce it the same as you do. Did you know that only Rhode Islanders and folks from half of Wisconsin seem to use the rare colloquialism of 'bubbler' when referring to water fountains?

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mkhdd65

I’ve always found variations in dialect fascinating! I hope you don’t mind, but out of curiosity...

Do you say, “soda”, “pop” or “soft drink”?

“Frosting” or “icing”?

"Couch" or "sofa”?

"Trousers", “pants” or "slacks"?

“Purple” or “Violet”?

“Traffic circle” or “roundabout”?
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:33 am

maxman:45556 wrote:New Jersey:
Do you say, “soda”, “pop” or “soft drink”? soda

“Frosting” or “icing”? icing

"Couch" or "sofa”? couch

"Trousers", “pants” or "slacks"? pants

“Purple” or “Violet”? purple

“Traffic circle” or “roundabout”?
traffic circle
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:39 am

Originally posted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:12 pm

Do you say, “soda”, “pop” or “soft drink”? neither really, we say either coke or pepsi

“Frosting” or “icing”? icing

"Couch" or "sofa”? couch

"Trousers", “pants” or "slacks"? pants

“Purple” or “Violet”? purple

“Traffic circle” or “roundabout”? roundabout

adding one more -

"Front room or Living Room? used to say front room pre-1970's, now it's living room pretty much.
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:40 am

Rhody:45569 wrote:Thanks for that website Judy.  I had no idea anyone else called it a bubbler...so interesting.

Here are my answers for Rhode Island:

Soda
Frosting
Pants
Purple
Neither.. We call it a rotary
Living room

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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:42 am

Originally posted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:46 pm

Oh got one more....
porch or veranda? back east in Canada they say veranda, here in BC we say porch.
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:42 am

Rhody:45575 wrote:We say porch.

And here's a weird one for you... I don't say this but some people do, if things are next to each other they say they are "side by each"... I don't think that is good English and was never taught to say it so I don't.
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:43 am

markisddg:45579 wrote:Hey Rhody I'm from Mass and loved how you said...not traffic circle or roundabout but ROTARY. That's what we say in New England..Love "bubbla"

everything that ends in "er" becomes an "a".    Teacha, wata, fatha, motha...etc...We pronounce the word correctly except we just don't say "er." I was in Florida and was on the phone asking my son about his car and a guy said to me..."You have to be from Mass."

Does anyone other than Rhody know where you are going if you go to the "packy or packie?"

I don't think we ever called it a coffee cabinet but usually ice cream soda, frappe or milkshake.

I knew someone who lived in Chelsea outside Boston and he always referred to Boston as "intown." I think people in neighboring cities around Boston have their own dialect and words.

When I was in 10th grade French class a girl referred to the living room as the parlor and the teacher said she  hadn't heard that word since she was a child and called it the parlor..that is one word that goes back to the Victorian age when you were laid out in the parlor of the house. LOL
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Re: Downtown

Post by ruskin » Fri May 26, 2017 5:44 am

Rhody:45581 wrote:Hey Markisddg, I only live 50 miles from Boston but I can spot a Beantown accent right away.  Like I would say the name Bobby, as baabie, and they would saw bawwbie.  But yes, we drop the er's and they become an ahh sound too.  

If you are driving down to the Cape ( cape cod) you will come to a big ROTARY just before the bridge.  Do you know it?  Or do you live in western mass?  

You mean his caa that was in the paaking lot? Lol

When I was in college my roommate was from NJ and we smoked back then.  ( it was the 70s) I told her to get me a caaton of cigarettes.  She had no idea what I was saying. She thought I was saying cotton.
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