Those Favorite Slang Words
By andria perry
August 9, 2018 6:32am CST
I had no idea where in the world my nephew came up with the word "gooder" when he was around 3-4 years old but he told me something was gooder and I will say there was a lesson taught right then and there! I was not standing for him sounding dumb when I knew he was exceptionally bright. I gave him the "good, better and best" list to chose from and it was like a light came on and he smiled. Most of the time I do say tomato when in public but at home I have been know to say mater, but it still sounds more like may-er. I ask " you want mater on your samich? Oh there goes another! Sandwich, its often called a samich around there parts. Why am I thinking about words and how some people in the deep south pronounce them? I was just reading @marlina discussion about being out of bananas, that are also referred to as nanners. Yes that is nan-ners. What are your favorite slang words?
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We call bananas nanners also, and we always say cukes, and never cucumbers. And like most Canadians, we call coke or ginger ale pop, and not soda, we differ there by our countries I think. I will often refer to water as wa wa. I know how that sounds......
@andriaperry I knew that if I mentioned that you, then you would get a chuckle out of it. I didn't mean anything else by it at all. That's your morning laugh, and this might be another one. Do you know that I had never ever heard of calling a sandwich a sammich until I read some of JJ's posts? Never, not even once, and I see where someone else mentioned it. Ain't that somethin?
When a child says 'gooder', it shows that it has understood the regular grammar structure of the English language. This has nothing to do with 'sounding dumb'. On the contrary. When it becomes older, it learns the exceptions. The examples you've mentioned here are not slang words but belong to the category 'idiolects'. These are peculiarities only one person or a small group of persons (family, friends) uses. If 'sammich' can be heard in a certain geographical region, then it is a dialect word. 'Slang' is defined here (Too long to put in this comment box):
• Anniston, Alabama
Yes ma`am. But when you live in the southern USA and someone says gooder no matter the age you are marked as "dumb" Its a USA thing and has nothing to do with the levels of growth or education. Nothing against teachers, but we, in Alabama, have to teach our children how to do math, read, write and speak proper words before going school, because some of them are dumber than the children they have to teach.
In my country, Swahili and English are the national languages. Most people speak swahili and use (SHENG) which you call Slang. I always wonder where some of these words come from as the way they sound its not even related to what they are used for
• New Baltimore, Michigan
I still like to call mosquitoes "skeeters"... But here are a few of my little nephew's (he's only 5.) He says things like, "Where is her?" Or "her not here, I don't know where her is." But my fave is what he calls me. He can't pronounce my name too well, so instead of Auntie Melanie, I get "Ontee Montee."
• United States
If you would ever be around me when I talk you would probably do a double take. I am constantly getting asked to repeat myself. I speak in mostly slang. Instead of over yonder I say "over yar". I also say more gooder or more better, I say yeller instead of yellow. Yount to, mater, tater, nanner, etc. The list just goes on. My teachers used to give me a fit about my dialogue. I also say punkin instead of pumpkin. I guess it is just a southern thang.