Everyday things that have totally different names throughout the US

Geography Story: Everyday things that have totally different names throughout the US

When you travel from state to state in the USA, you can encounter some words that have totally different meanings in different areas. Read on to learn more about how everyday items are called throughout the country.

Which of these words do you use? Do you know any other names for these things?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
LeRoy Johnston
About the Freeway or Highway, either one is O.K., But My Question is, Why do We Park in the Driveway, and Drive on the Parkway?? L.O.L.
Oct 9, 2019 1:33AM
l cgosselin
Carol Dygert, some called it sodie in Arkansas too!
Oct 15, 2021 8:15PM
Raymond Cardona
Again in Canada we have our own unique way of saying different things eg Eastern Canada it's a hoodie, ( a zip up or pullover fleece lined top with a hood) and I know in Saskatchewan it's called a bunny hug. Just one example Bonnie
Oct 15, 2021 4:50PM
Amy Miller
When I was growing up, sprinkles were sprinkles but hundreds and thousands were “the little sugar balls on top”
Sep 23, 2021 5:33PM
Rebecca Woods
I live in Indiana and always call it soft drinks not pop.I've never called them that and have never heard anyone else call them that.My family from Illinois call them pop.
Sep 9, 2021 6:31PM
Peter Robertson
Denise Bruce, Rubbish! Each to his own.All Countries develop their own idioms. Listen to you Aussies,everything is baby talk ending in "y" or "ie" (Pulling your leg haha)
Sep 4, 2021 5:46PM
Peter Robertson
LeRoy Johnston, A "Freeway" was free to use,not a toll or a 'pike,which is odd because Australia calls their Highways "Freeways".
Sep 4, 2021 5:42PM
Judy Kartes
I have heard and used all examples interchangeably I am from Wisconsin..
Sep 3, 2021 4:21PM
Sprinkles were commonly called in England "Hundreds and Thousands". There's evenn an Agatha Christie's mystery where Miss Marple discovers the truth because of her knowledge of then term.
Aug 18, 2021 1:44AM
I live in the south and I have never heard anyone call a faucet a spigot. Been here all my life and we either say a faucet or a water hydrant.
Jul 27, 2021 4:17PM
I did a project almost identical to this when I was taking a college grammar course!!
Jul 27, 2021 5:06AM
Skip Hayden, i’m Canadian too and yes that’s exactly how we say all those things.
Jun 21, 2021 5:34PM
In Australia we call outside taps spigots and inside ones faucets. We shopping carts trolleys. Couches are calked lounges. We call sprinkles hundreds and thousands.
Jun 20, 2021 10:32PM
Carol Dygert
In the word scent is the S or the C a silent letter?
Mar 2, 2021 11:51AM
Carol Dygert
In Illinois (ends in November not noise) the call pop "sodie"
Mar 2, 2021 11:50AM
LeRoy Johnston, Good question!
Feb 17, 2021 7:33PM

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