Blogger Accents

Alright, I saw this on Catilin’s blog, Healthy Tipping Point, and I thought I’d throw my entry in for The Accent Vlog.

List of Words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Questions:

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
  • body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
  • groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Now just a little bit of info… I was born in Illinois and lived there until I was 7.  Then I lived in Utah.  Now I live in Nevada.  Apparently regional things can make a difference in not only how you say things, but what you call things.  I’ve always known that I call the “carbonated bubbly drink” by a name more popular in the mid-west than here in the west as I’ve had people question me on that one before.

My voice is also a little gravelly/nasal today because I’m still recovering from bronchitis!

But I thought this was kind of fun… Play along!  Leave a note if you do!

18 comments

  1. That was interesting. My answers would be similar. A couple differences…the rain one > liquid sunshine & the toilet paper one> TPing, tenting and papering are different ones used around here.

  2. the only word i pronounce different is caramel (“care-a-mel”).

    1. rolling or tp-ing
    2. i don’t know this answer haha
    3. coke
    4. tennis shoes or sneakers
    5. hi? (this one seems vague)
    6. daddy long legs
    7. grandma/grandpa (dad’s side) mama/papa (mom’s side)
    8. cart or shopping cart. a loootttt of people here call it a “buggy”
    9. sun showers
    10. remote

    this was fun 🙂

  3. That was really adorable. I was kind of confused by a lot of the questions, though–I think I’d probably address a group of people in the same way? I’m like Lindsay, the only thing I pronounce differently from you is caramel. Here are my answers:
    1. toilet papering
    2. potato bug
    3. soda
    4. um, gym shoes? I don’t know. Running shoes if you’re running, cross-trainers if you’re not?
    5. see above
    6. daddy long legs
    7. granddad/ grandmothers (mom’s side), nana (dad’s side)
    8. shopping cart
    9. I didn’t know people called this anything.
    10. remote.

  4. I don’t have a way to record my voice…I’m not tech savvy like the rest of you. 🙂 But I thought I’d answer the questions as phonetically as I can, being from SoDak and all…

    * What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? TPing
    * What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? Pill Bug, Gross
    * What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Pop, though I do sometimes switch to Soda; My boss and I also call it “Orange Whip” just for fun
    * What do you call gym shoes? Running shoes, but I think this is here because I’ve heard them called “trainers”
    * What do you say to address a group of people? After visiting friends in Texas, I’ll use “Hi y’all” but usually I’m just a “hey”
    * What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? Daddy Long Legs
    * What do you call your grandparents? Dead. Oh, that was mean. No, generally it was just grandma and grandpa
    * What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Cart
    * What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? “A great time to run”
    * What is the thing you change the TV channel with? Remote, though sometimes I call it a “Clicker” or “give me that thing!”

  5. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? TP-ing

    What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? Potato bug or pill bug

    What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? I grew up in Oregon calling it Pop, after moving to California, I call it Soda

    What do you call gym shoes? Tennis shoes

    What do you say to address a group of people? Hi guys!

    What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? Dandy long legs (I’ve always said Dandy)

    What do you call your grandparents? Grammy and Papa

    What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Shopping cart

    What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? No idea…

    What is the thing you change the TV channel with? The remote

  6. Does no one call a bug that rolls up a “rolly polly” besides me and my grandkids? And “tennies “for the shoes. Others pretty much the same except any carbonated drink is coke. Wish I was as smart as Jill and could put my cute face in a video. Hahahaha.

  7. LOL…I think I call things the same thing as you do, except for
    1 – TPing
    3 – Soda

    My husband calls the remote a “buster” but I think it’s a word he made up and not a regional thing because he’s originally San Diego and I’ve never heard ANYBODY call it that but him.

  8. I say aunt, caramel and mayonnaise differently than you do. And like Stub, I also call those bugs Rolly Pollies. I’ve never heard of a potato bug! 😉 Other differences: Toilet Papering: TP or TPing, Gym shoes: Tennies or Tennis Shoes, growing up I called it Pop, but now I say Soda.

  9. Oh Jill, you’re so cute. I like to watch this just to pretend that you’re close by!! I really thought it was you who introduced me to the name roly poly for potato bugs!

  10. I’ll have to try doing this this weekend. I didn’t think that some of these words would have different reigional sounds–is the point of this to just hear what people sound like? I am a bit surprised that whoever started this didn’t ask people to do some word patterns that do show regional differences, e.g. Mary/merry/marry, or dairy/Derry, or Don/dawn. Is there a special term for when it rains while the sun is shining?

  11. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? TP-ing
    What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? Rollie Pollie
    What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Soda. I grew up in California calling is soda. But in Idaho, where I live now, its called pop. I still call it soda.
    What do you call gym shoes? Sneakers
    What do you say to address a group of people? Hi
    What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? Daddy long legs or Mosquito Eater.
    What do you call your grandparents? Grandma & Grandpa
    What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Cart or trolley.
    What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? rain?
    What is the thing you change the TV channel with? The clicker.

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