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.
#1 A long sandwich with meat, vegetables and cheese
The word sub (or submarine sandwich) is popular across most of the country.
Anyway, in NYC it's called a hero.
In Pennsylvania, you will hear the word hoagie.
#2 A shopping cart
Most of the country prefer shopping cart, but in the South it's usually called a buggy.
#3 Sugar strands
The word sprinkles is popular everywhere except New England and the Mid-Atlantic: they prefer to call them jimmies. In other states, "jimmies" can be used to refer only to chocolate toppings.
#4 A major road
While most of the US call it a highway, in California and some other parts of the West Coast, they use the word freeway.
#5 A water tap
Spigot is popular in the South. Sometimes "spicket" can be used. The rest of the country call it a faucet.
#6 A flat cake
Pancakes are famous worldwide, and this word has even been borrowed to many foreign languages. Anyway, in North Carolina flat cakes are known as flapjacks.
#7 A sofa
Davenport is used in Upstate New York. People from the Midwest usually say couch or also davenport. In New England, it's usually called a sofa.
#8 Freshwater crustaceans which look like tiny lobsters
Crawfish is used in the South, while people from the Midwest call these creatures Crawdads. In the East Coast and the Great Lakes region, the word Crayfish is the most popular one.
#9 Shoes designed for sports
The phrase tennis shoes is used across most of the country, while in the Northeast the word sneakers is more common. It's also used in some parts of Florida.
#10 A carbonated drink
A carbonated beverage is called a soda in the Northeast and West. In parts of the South, coke refers to any carbonated drink, regardless of its brand. Pop is used primarily in the Midwest.
#11 Bugs that light up
The word firefly is used in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and the West. You will hear lightning bug in the South and most of the Midwest.
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