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Regional slang that you like

Postby Justin Foley on Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:53 pm

Couldn't find this on a short forum search, so ...

I read an article in the paper today about senior citizen LGBTI folks in Australia that had one interviewee talking about his preference for wearing "trackie dacks", by which he meant sweatpants.

+1 for Australia.

In New Zealand people are also (allegedly) known to call drink coolers (as one would bring to the beach or have outside at a cookout) a "chilly bin". I heard that over a decade ago and it still reliably cracks me up.

Please post your favorite regional slang. Can be non-English, I guess, but that's gonna make it harder for me to adopt in day-to-day conversation.

= Justin

PS- If we are doing non-English, then I'd also remark on "jodido", which is Spain/Mexico Spanish for "fucked", as in very, very troubled. One of my favorite words in any language.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Boombats on Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:24 pm

It's really cute when people in Chicago call that tomato soup on a pile of Wonderbread "pizza."
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby elisha wiesner on Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:43 pm

Boombats wrote:It's really cute when people in Chicago call that tomato soup on a pile of Wonderbread "pizza."


Yeah, that stuff is wicked gross.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:27 pm

In Kansas City there was Boogin, which meant meathead or hick.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby MatthewK on Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:54 am

huh, in Australia we call such people "bogans".
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby pldms on Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:50 am

UK is full of great regional words. For example:

'mithering' - pestering, whingeing. North West England.
'mardy' - grumpy. East Midlands.
'dreich' - Scots rather than slang I guess. Describes 95% of weather conditions in Scotland.

Every city appears to have a distinct word for alleyways / pathways. Ginnell, snicket, jitty, ...
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby jimmy two hands on Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:16 am

Boombats wrote:It's really cute when people in Chicago call that tomato soup on a pile of Wonderbread "pizza."

Be fair, the tomato soup is poured into crackers that were mashed into a pie tin, not wonderbread.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Janeway on Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:25 am

whatever region im in im comfortable calling folks "butt ass".
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby jimmy two hands on Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:54 pm

I think it's funny how New Yorkers refer to pizza as "pie". In college a guy from LawnGuyland asked me if I wanted to split a pie, and I was left wondering what kind of filling it would have, what to do with all the leftover pieces of pie, where we'd find a pie at that time of night or if we'd have to search the town for pies left cooling on a windowsill, why we'd even want a pie when there were so many other food options around, etc.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Dave N. on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:48 pm

We called stoner/metalhead-types "hessians" when I was a teenager in Arizona in the late 80's. Whenever I'd bring up the term in other parts of the country, people rarely knew what I was talking about.

People call pill bugs "rolly-pollies" in much of the country, but they're called "doodle bugs" in Southeast Texas. Every time I call them doodle bugs around someone from outside of the Houston area, people look at me like I'm crazy.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Dave N. on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:53 pm

In New Zealand people are also (allegedly) known to call drink coolers (as one would bring to the beach or have outside at a cookout) a "chilly bin". I heard that over a decade ago and it still reliably cracks me up.


We call that a coozie, here.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby RSMurphy on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:01 pm

Joe: dude - hit me up for that loud, Joe!
Loud: weed - you got that loud, Joe?

I'm surprised both of these haven't moved out from the urban cultural landscape into the mainstream, b.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:10 pm

MatthewK wrote:huh, in Australia we call such people "bogans".


I meant KC, Australia
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Major on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:35 pm

Dave N. wrote:We called stoner/metalhead-types "hessians" when I was a teenager in Arizona in the late 80's. Whenever I'd bring up the term in other parts of the country, people rarely knew what I was talking about.

People call pill bugs "rolly-pollies" in much of the country, but they're called "doodle bugs" in Southeast Texas. Every time I call them doodle bugs around someone from outside of the Houston area, people look at me like I'm crazy.


"Hessians" was a thing in Louisiana. "Hessian aggression" is what made them cause trouble.

Growing up, "dragonflies" were "mosquito hawks". "Sno-cones" were "snowballs" (we had no snow).

"Yeah you right" instead of "yes".

I never heard my grandmother call Cheetos anything other than "Chee-Weeze".

Question: was the use of "bruh" common everywhere? I see it a lot now, but it seemed like a specifically South Louisiana thing for a long time.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby beanmaestro on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:50 pm

I've been living in Philadelphia for nearly 6 years and here's some of what I've learned:

"Jawn" = Literally any noun.
"Wooder" = How people here pronounce "water".
"Water-Ice" = Italian ice. Again, pronounced "wooder-ice".
"Hoagie" = A sandwich on a long-roll.
"Gravy" = Red sauce.
"Wit" = How to order fried onions on your cheesesteak. ie: "I'll take a steak: provolone, wit."


Then there's all sorts of streets in Philly that have odd pronunciations by the locals. "Passyunk" becomes "Pashunk", "Greenwich" is "Green Witch", for example. "Jeatyet?" = "Did you eat yet?"

All sorts of charming stuff here.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby rgauss on Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:05 pm

Major wrote:Question: was the use of "bruh" common everywhere? I see it a lot now, but it seemed like a specifically South Louisiana thing for a long time.

I used to hear it in San Diego in the late '70s, mostly from Hawaiians and Samoans.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Bill Flaig on Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:59 pm

Love:

Jawn (PHL)

Yinz (PIT)

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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby Ike on Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:34 pm

Dave N. wrote:We called stoner/metalhead-types "hessians" when I was a teenager in Arizona in the late 80's. Whenever I'd bring up the term in other parts of the country, people rarely knew what I was talking about.

People call pill bugs "rolly-pollies" in much of the country, but they're called "doodle bugs" in Southeast Texas. Every time I call them doodle bugs around someone from outside of the Houston area, people look at me like I'm crazy.



We called them Heshers! So pretty close.

Remember the zine Hessian Obsession? Pretty funny.

There's a word in MI, finna, which sorta means "fitting to", and I've never heard that anywhere else.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

Postby CSP_Skater on Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:13 pm

"bellend", of foolish person, is one of my favorites.
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Re: Regional slang that you like

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