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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Potato, tater, spuds. Grits, Georgia ice cream. That's why there's no such test for a persons IQ because it depends on what part of the world you live in. Some places have what American people call vulgar language but it's their language they were taught. So if you hear a dirty word while overseas, be sure to check out the meaning.
Nov 12, 2019 4:50PM
Joell Yates
Sue Simon, so does mine. Central Ohio but from Ky
Nov 5, 2019 4:50PM
Sue Simon
So why did my mother-in-law call a green pepper a mango??? (Northern PA)
Oct 22, 2019 7:13PM
Hey, in Penna they are lighting bugs!
Oct 17, 2019 5:29PM
Shari Elliott
So true
Oct 16, 2019 1:16AM
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
Janice Lea Vanlandingham
Malcolm George, I do understand and agree with your analysis, with the exception of saying "most", there is a large number in our population who are delusional in that their butchered form of American English will survive beyond a decade (which it won't, except for all bastardized names, so sad for them) there still are some southerners who proudly carry their dialect.
Oct 5, 2019 12:15AM
Malcolm George
Regional Diversity happens in most dialects, however, in most cases you can see the link. Unfortunately that’s not true of America as most can’t even speak their own base language properly or have any pride in it. This means, due to a lack of education & vocabulary, they have to invent words at the same time as being exposed to too many inane TV programs
Oct 1, 2019 8:41AM
Eastern Massachusetts and some parts of New Hampshire and Maine call a carbonated drink a Tonic.
Sep 29, 2019 11:24PM
Melanie Millard Lively Waidler
I'm southern so it's sub, buggy, sprinkles,highway, pancake, couch, crawfish, tennis shoes, coke & lightening bug; however, I don't use the word spigot. I use faucet.
Sep 28, 2019 5:13PM
Cathy Bernier Hubert
Jeans vs dungarees, purse vs pocketbook We called soda Toxic in New Hampshire. Cardigan vs sweater
Sep 27, 2019 6:55PM
Carbonated beverages are often called "soft drinks"!
Sep 26, 2019 11:45PM
Jay S Terpstra
I'm from the mid-west living in Connecticut. I get some strange looks sometimes. Especially when I call something kittywampus.
Sep 26, 2019 9:28PM
Water fountain vs. bubbler. In New England, a water fountain or drinking fountain is called a bubbler.
Sep 26, 2019 8:09PM
Peter Bergman
Trevor Mallett, Here in Belize we call it a ''pipe''.
Sep 26, 2019 6:13PM

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