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I've seen this bouncing around and I finally grabbed it from lizzielizzie

I'm 32. Born in 1970 I grew up in upstate NY (in and around Schenectady). I moved to Worcester, MA for college in August, 1989. Moved to Berkeley, CA in August 1995, then to Waltham, MA in February, 1998, and lastly back to Worcester in June 2002.

What do you call...

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks?
Stream or creek. I remember using brook more as a kid.

2. The thing you push around the grocery store?
Shopping cart or shopping trolley.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in?
Lunch box.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in?
Frying pan or skillet.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people?
Couch or sofa.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof?
Gutter.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening?
Porch or a deck.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages?
Soda or soft drink.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup?
Pancakes.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?
Sub or grinder mostly, sometimes a hoagie.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach?
Bathing suit, swim suit, or swim trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports?
Well, generically I guess sneakers, though more likely to be more specific like running shoes, track shoes, cleats, etc.

13. Putting a room in order?
Cleaning or tidying up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark?
Firefly - sometimes glow bug, but that's more something I hear used than I use.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball?
Oh, I finally remembered these things - pill bugs.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down?
See-Saw or Teeter-Totter.

17. How do you eat your pizza?
Pick up the slice by the crust and eat it from the tip in. If it is a *big* slice I'll kind of fold/roll it to keep it from flopping around.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Garage sale or yard sale.

19. What's the evening meal?
Dinner, maybe supper.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
Basement.

One from gizmoek:
21. The thing you drink water out of in public places?
Water foutain.

I am: sick sick
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Comments
From: iwascaite Date: December 7th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have not seen a lot of difference in the answers to these, all the people say the same things.

My exceptions:
lightning bugs (not fireflies)
rolly pollies (not pill bugs)
decks aren't covered and modern architecture has gotten rid of the covered porch.

You're the only one I have seen who uses "trolley" instead of cart, ever.

The only answer I have that is weird is, we have numeric meal names: meal one, meal two, meal three.
sauergeek From: sauergeek Date: December 8th, 2003 07:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
One of my friends grew up in Florida and Alabama; many of her answers are different...
etherial From: etherial Date: December 8th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
"modern architecture has gotten rid of the covered porch."

That's not entirely true. Worcester is brimming with buildings with covered porches. Why, my first apartment building had a covered porch. It was a source of much trouble as the downstairs neighbors used it to set the building on fire.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 8th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh yeah, lightning bugs - I used to call them that as a kid. I picked up firefly sometime later in life.

Along the same lines, I remember using cellar sometimes growing up, but I ended up gravitating towards basement.

I watched a lot of Britcoms and read British books when young, that's probably where I picked up things like 'shopping trolley'. And sometimes I've used lunch pail, but not often.
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