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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:30 PM
Hophead's "My South" thread got me thinking on how people from different parts of the U.S. can call the same things by different names. I thought it might be amusing to throw some of those around.

I live in Chicago, and have spent a very large amount of time in Bridgeport, Little Italy, and other "Italian" neighborhoods. There are Italian Beef places EVERYWHERE.

Any way, I go to one that's been around a long time, and they've got a guy working their who apparently came from some Eastern city.

He asks me . . . "Whuchyers?" . . . whats yers . . . What's yours . . .

What's mine? What the hell did he mean what's mine? Oh . . . I got it. The more Chicago-style version of that would be, Wuddleyahave?

That's the kind of stuff I'm talking about. Do you drink soda or pop? When you buy something at a store, does the clerk put it in a bag or a sack? Do you get your carry-out food "to go," or "to take with?"

This might also be a good place to talk about local prejudices. If you get a hot dog with everything, what does that mean? If I was ever served a hot dog with either ketchup or tomatoes on it, I'd probably ask for my money back. Those things simply do not belong on a hot dog. or a frank. or a weiner.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:40 PM
Hey Droog

Ever been somewhere and have someone ask you..."Jeet yet?" This translates to the question most commonly asked as "Did you eat yet?"

And speaking of eating and hot dog vendors, did you hear of the Buddhist who asked the hot dog vendor to make him one with everything?

"I see," said the blind man as he picked up the hammer and saw.

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:40 PM
Here's my little contribution. i learned that from the cheesesteak nazi's over in south philly....

In Philly if you ask for a steak "with" that means you get fried onions. and the cheese will be cheese wiz. you must ask for it "without" if you don't want fried onions.

then you move to the side and wait for your sandwich.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:41 PM
whats this deal with "YOUNS" as in "You all" or something.

some girl i was in the navy with claimed that is all they used when referring to a group. Youns.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:45 PM
You mean a real Philly Cheese Steak does not include melted Provolone cheese over grilled onions AND green peppers on garlic bread? I hope it's steak at least.

I've been lied to! Not that I care much, the above is excellent. If I saw somebody putting Cheeze Whiz on a steak (or beef) sandwich, I can tell you excactly what would come out of my mouth, almost of it's own accord: "You gotta be sh*ttin' me."

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:47 PM
you get used to it.

the defacto standard in Philly is Wiz. in jersey it's american. or in the case of my corner bar, provelone...which took me a bit to get used to.

They do use chipped steak. it's tasty.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:48 PM
I first heard this in Nawlins about 30 yrs ago...Amon...as in "Amon git up and git myself another glass of bourbon."

"Wazwidchoo" is a localism here in NYC that roughly translates "what is the matter with you?"


 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:48 PM
Youins big Pittsburgh word.Still ask for pop down here and still get the strangest looks.
 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:49 PM
'Wiz on a Philly steak is great.

Some Brooklynisms:

Ova der.
Jeet? No, ju?
Bullshid.
Fuguu.
And my personal favorite, yous. Yous guys.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 02:55 PM
Bologna back home is jumbo .Use to have a jumbo sandwich with some Heinz catsup.
 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:07 PM
I've never had cheese whiz on a philly cheese steak.
I like a pizza steak which is were they put tomato sauce on it.
When I went camping in upstate PA they sold philly cheese steaks which were slabs of beef on a hotdog roll with cheese whiz.

I don't eat hot dogs so I don't know what it means when "everything" is on one.


[Edited on 9/26/2003 by The_Newt]

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:15 PM
"Yo" roughly translated means either one of the following:

"What the Phuck?"
"Hey You!"
or "hey, look at me"

[Edited on 9/26/2003 by LinnieXX]

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:27 PM
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whats this deal with "YOUNS" as in "You all" or something.

some girl i was in the navy with claimed that is all they used when referring to a group. Youns.


I had a friend from Tennessee....she said "yuns" too. Was a trip.

I have another one:

I had friends in N. Ga who said "apiece" instead of "alike".... For example, "those 2 guys are wearing shirts apiece" meaning they had on identical shirts.
And they used terms like 'fortnight' and Arsh taters (Irish) I lived 40 miles away from these people and didn't know what the hell they were talking about!


[Edited on 9/26/2003 by musichick3]

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:30 PM
Dukes Mayonaise is the only brand worth eating... lol
It's a suthern thang. ;-)

And I'm always fixin' to go somewhere or do something.

[Edited on 9/26/2003 by musichick3]

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:32 PM
Dukes, huh? i get grossed out if it's not Hellmans but i'd give it a shot.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:33 PM
Linnie, it's not too far from Helmans.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:37 PM
a friend made me a sandwich the other day and when she asked what i wanted on it i said "Mayo please" and she gave me Miracle Whip. i damn near spit it out but was polite enough to choke it down after my initial shock.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:39 PM
Yuck, that stuff taste like sweet n low pudding or something. lol

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:39 PM
A favorite of us midwesterners is "What are you guys up to?" That question covers a group of males or females, interchangeably.

In Texas, "Are you a fixin' to finish that?" A fixin' ????

Reminds me of The Ebonics Miss America Pageant that had to be cancelled because one state refused to send a representative. Miss Idaho.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:47 PM
Fixin' to . . . I guess that's the anglo verion of fiddna . . . we fiddna go . . . etc.

Miracle Whip is a crime in any region.

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:50 PM
I like the word Yo....

Especially that commercial with that Chinese basketball player in the store asking if he can write a check....lol Great one!

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 03:59 PM
There's the old "soda" vs. "pop" vs. "Coke" thing... I think it breaks down that people on the coasts tend to call it soda, people in the Midwest call it pop, and people who live reasonably close to Coca-Cola HQ in Atlanta (Georgia, Tennessee, etc.) call everything carbonated "Coke."

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 04:05 PM
Linnie, I believe it's "wit" not with...I order mine as one provolone, wit...can't stand looking at that giant vat of Whiz.

At home in Kalamamzoo, Mi, I drink pop...in NJ I drink soda. A cheeseburger with everything back home is mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles. Deluxe is mayo, lettuce and tomato. I ALWAYS have to ask for pickles out here. Miracle Whip is real big in the midwest. I switched to Hellman's when I found everyone out here uses it...it IS better...I'd give Duke's a try sometime...I bet its good w/potato salad. As for grits, isn't there a saying "grits ain't groceries"?

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 08:28 PM
New England!!!

Five little states with a combined area smaller than a lot of single Western states, but with a huge variation in accents and terms of speech.
At least that's what I hear - folks from the rest of the country seem to be able to at best tell the difference between a "Boston" and a "Maine" accent.

My wife is from Rhode Island, I'm from Connecticut - of course, folks from Connecticut speak the "true English" while those from RI have a wierd misue of "R" (put it where it doesn't belong, and leave it out where it's supposed to go...)
RI seemed to also have some unique terms for stuff - all supermarkets or grocery stores are "mahkits", hot dogs are wienahs', trash or garbage is "rubbish", a countertop is a sideboard" (except the r is not pronounced), hoagies or sub sandwiches are "grindahs"

Drives my wife crazy that the kids were mostly born and raised somewhat rural Virginia - and every once in awhile something that sounds "Southern" comes out of them...

 

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  posted on 9/26/2003 at 08:50 PM
Is that rear hatch on a car called a trunk or a boot?

 

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