AGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
Being from Pittsburgh, we have quite a few words that we kind of "made up" over the years. I was wondering what other types of words or phrases people used in their own part of the world, or if us Pittsburghers aren't that goofy.
Gumband - rubber band
Pop - soda
Babushka - scarf old ladies wear on thier heads
Chipped ham - thinly sliced ham
Jumbo - bologna
Hunky hand grenade - hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls
Jimmies - chocolate or colored sprinkles you put on ice cream
Nighturn - working a 11pm-7am shift
Firehall wedding - many local volunteer fire stations have halls they rent
Riggi-Chiggi-Piggy - typical meal at a wedding. Rigatoni, fried chicken, and hunky hand grenades (see above)
Wedgie - basically an italian hoagie that is made in a pizza dough and folded over
Yinz - instead of saying "you all"
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1309 times:
Well, the word eh is used here quite often, as it is throughout Canada .
A couple other Canadian slang I can think of:
Deke - Not really slang anymore, but a Canadian word used like dodge. Loonies and Toonies - Our 1 and 2 dollar coins. Hoser - A stereotypically Canadian male. Double-double - Coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars, usually used at Timmies . Timmies - Tim Hortons, a popular Canadian coffee/donut shop chain. Also used to describe their coffee. (i.e. I need a Timmies)
Thats all I can think of for Canada. Here in BC, there are about a million variations to describe Marijuana, including Bud, Chronic, Blazer, Mary-Jane, etc.
EDIT: Just thought of another one. In Canada, students always say that they are in "Grade 12" as opposed to "12th Grade" in the US.
That is the proper name for them. Never heard them called, or packaged as anything else.
'the hill' or 'up on the hill' - Lake Tahoe.
'off the hill' Reno or Carson City.
'pogonip' ice fog. From a Paiute word and used by all.
'prunepicker' - Californian (obsolete) If a person uses this word anymore it probably means they are a forty year or more resident.
'Carsonsippi' or 'Ferntucky' derogatory names for Carson City and Fernley, referring to the newly arrived redneck population. Think 'starter' homes.
'Boilerplate' - Windslab snow. Not a lot of fun to ski.
'The Washoe Zephyr' A rueful name for a wind that comes up most hot summer afternoons. Gusts of forty or fifty MPH are common. Mark Twain wrote about flying a cast iron stovelid as a kite in the Washoe Zephyr.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Duff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1254 times:
This thread reminds me of one of my "Simpsons" favorite quotes:
Skinner: I hope you're ready for mouth watering hamburgers!
Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams?
Skinner: Oh no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.
Chalmers: You call hamburgers "steamed hams"?
Skinner: Yes. It's a regional dialogue.
Chalmers: Uh.. what region?
Skinner: Uuuh. Upstate New York.
Chalmers: Really? Well I'm from Utica and I've never heard anyone use the phrase "steamed hams".
Skinner: Oh not in Utica, no, it's an Albany expression.