Discovering Different Words Which Mean The Same Thing
May 28, 2020 8:57pm CST
Have you ever noticed people from another region whether in the U.S. or some other country using different words to describe the same thing? I came across this when I went to college in the Midwest. Being from the Northeastern United States and the state of New Jersey, I would use the word "Soda" when describing a soft drink. In the Midwest they use the term "Pop" instead. The Ohio students sure got a laugh when they heard me say it! Which got me to thinking about other terms I discovered. See what side of the fence your on... -The words Sofa or Couch? I've heard both terms but more often than not describe that object as a "Couch." -The words Sprinkles or jimmies? I've never heard of jimmies. Apparently it is used in some states or areas. -The words Roundabout or traffic circle? I use traffic circle or just circle but am familiar with the term "Roundabout." Source- The Active Times Photo- eatthis.com
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• Gainesville, Florida
If you're from the South, people say "Coke" to refer to any type of soda. I always laugh at people that say pop. I say to them, "Pop is something you do to a balloon. Soda is something you drink. Learn the difference!" haha I've also heard some people say "weedeater" and some people say "weedwhacker."
• Daytona Beach, Florida
There are many different words for many different things depending on what part of the country you're in. When I lived in Latvia saying soda or pop was like speaking in English and in Latvian the word for the drinks translated to fizzy lemonade,
Yes, different regions use different terms to describe similar items. Thanks for sharing yours. Fizzy is another word included as a way to describe a soft drink. Just like pop, soda or energy drinks. Another one is faucet and Spigot. Spigot is a popular term for an outside tap in the Southern U.S. Which do they use in Florida?
Oh yes absolutely! There are many such words I've come across but when I read your post, there's this one funny/embarassing experience that comes to my mind. I'm from India where it's more common to refer to glue as 'gum' and to refer to chewing gum, we generally say the brand name or as chewing gum specifically. So this had happened when I was new to the US and had just joined work. I used to have the habit of chewing on gum most of the times and one fine day while I was at work and chewing on my gum, one of my colleagues came over to me and asked if I have a gum. Like I said, since I was new to the US of A and also it was a work place, I assumed that he was asking for glue! So I searched around a bit and replied no since I didn't have a glue. Just then one of my other colleagues said he has one and handed over a chewing gum and I went like Yes! Still pretty confused what reaction to pick by the way, I was that embarrassed and confused I was so worried that he might have misunderstood that I had intentionally avoided to share my gum and what not! He took the gum from the other colleague and disappeared to his work station but I couldn't work peacefully after that. So after pulling myself together I went upto him and explained him everything, apologized and told him that he is always welcome to ask me for a 'gum' whenever he needs one but just makes sure that he specifies which gum so he can safely put it in his mouth! He had a hearty laugh listening to everything
Roundabout is kind of a neater way to describe circle! It seems "Jimmies" are used in the New England area and the Mid-Atlantic. Another one is faucet and Spigot. Spigot is a popular term for an outside tap in the Southern U.S. Which term are you more familiar with?
While I would use sofa or couch the same, for a circular intersection I would prefer Roundabout, I thought that "Pop" means grandfather. Also in Italy we use different words for the same things according to the region where we live. As an example, socks are called "calzini" in my region "calzette" in some other regions.
Yes, Pop seems to be a term used for a few things. When I hear pop, it also makes me think of a popsicle, a popular kind of dessert kids enjoy. I've also used couch and sofa. Interesting how different regions use different terminology, thanks for sharing. BTW- don't try to tell those American midwestern states their is only one term for Pop
Yes, let me explain those terms a bit more for you Hanni. A roundabout (also called a traffic circle, road circle, rotary, rotunda or island) is a type of circular intersection or junction in which road traffic is permitted to flow in one direction around that island. It seems "Jimmies" are used in the New England area and the Mid-Atlantic.