The Dialect Quiz: How do YOU say these words? What do you call these things?

The day is here! The day where I get to watch your faces move and your mouths say words! Some of you don't want to show us your faces and that's fine. Just know that I am a sweaty, ponytail having mess in my video. No one is perfect is what I am trying to tell you here.

Anyway, this link up will run for a week and it surrounds how you say certain words or what you call certain things. This is based on a recent Huffington Post article surrounding Joshua Katz's work. I have always been fascinated by words, vocabulary and accents. It would be SO MUCH FUN if you recorded yourself answering these questions and then linked up your video here in the Break Room! If you don't want to show us what you look like, show us anyway. If you really don't, you can just record your voice. (We want to see you, though!) You can link up the video that is in a blog post of yours or you can link up a YouTube video- whatever you would like to do. After we're done, I will grab a bowl of popcorn and just stare at you guys for hours!

And don't freak out about the link-up process.

It's as easy as making Ramen Noodles.

(If for some reason the linking tool is being a little nugget, then just raise your hand.)

Here are the questions:
1. What is the generic term for sweetened carbonated beverages?
2. What do you call the miniature lobster that you find in lakes and streams?
3. What is that thing called that kids drink water from in the hallways at schools?
4. What do you call rubber-soled shoes that you wear to the gym? Or to run? Or to go to Target?
5. Does someone cut the grass? Cut the lawn? Mow the grass? Mow the lawn?
6. What is the general term for that big road where people, like, drive really, really fast?
7. What do you call a group of two or more people?

Here are the words:
How do you pronounce:
8. Syrup?
9. Pecan?
10. Pajamas?
11. Mayonnaise?
12. Lawyer?
13. Crayon?
14. Marry/merry/Mary?
*15. Doesn't Pepto Bismol taste really, really good?

*Total bonus question.

Here I am embarrassing myself. I mean, before the video even starts my face is all contorted weird. Also, I totally just took my hair down from a ponytail, which is so obvious. Every time I look back, you can see a giant ponytail crease in my head. I tell you this so that you won't be shy to upload your video. It's got to look better than mine.

(Oh! Also, as a side note, we moved into this house about six months ago. We are still painting rooms. I want to paint this one. I want that wood trim darker. Or maybe white. If you are an expert wooden paneling painter, feel free to jump in with any advice.)


 




Before I go get my popcorn, I wanted to let you know one more thing. I've got a graphic up on NickMom.com right now called "Hey, Ever Wonder If You Are A Better Mom Than A Hedgehog?" As I know this is a question on everyone's mind, please consult my graphic to see where you stand by going here.




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18 comments:

Sara Bennett said... [Reply]

I'm not able to make a video but I'll answer here (Raised on Long Island, live in Connecticut):

1. What is the generic term for sweetened carbonated beverages? Soda
2. What do you call the miniature lobster that you find in lakes and streams? Crayfish
3. What is that thing called that kids drink water from in the hallways at schools? Water fountain
4. What do you call rubber-soled shoes that you wear to the gym? Or to run? Or to go to Target? Sneakers
5. Does someone cut the grass? Cut the lawn? Mow the grass? Mow the lawn? Mow the lawn.
6. What is the general term for that big road where people, like, drive really, really fast? Highway
7. What do you call a group of two or more people? You guys

Here are the words:
How do you pronounce:
8. Syrup? (SEAR-up)
9. Pecan? (PEE-can, unless it's ice cream then it's butter pe-CAHN)
10. Pajamas? (Puhjammas, but usually I say PJ's or jammies)
11. Mayonnaise? (Man-aze)
12. Lawyer? (Loyer)
13. Crayon? (cray-on. This was one I didn't know could be pronounced any other way)
14. Marry/merry/Mary? (mah-ry, meh-ry, may-ry)

And I have never tasted pepto bismol!

Amy H. said... [Reply]

*raises hand* ok, I'm a northerner, born & raised in Northern Michigan. So be prepared to disagree with all of these ;) :

1. Pop. Certainly never Coke (unless you're talking about the brand), and if you say soda people will stare, and you will hear crickets. We love our Faygo Pop!
2. Crawfish. And they freak me out.
3. Drinking fountain- you know, a fountain you can drink from. Eh duh.
4. Tennis shoes, "sneakers" makes me think of old people. Not sure why.
5. We mow the lawn 'round here.
6. I say freeway, however- my husband says highway. It's freeway.
7. Hey, you guys? We don't really have a term for this.
Pronunciations:
1. Sear-up. Like, stress the Y.
2. Pee-can.
3. Puh-jam (like the fruit kind you put on toast)-uhs
4. Man-aise
5. Loy-er
6. Cran. Completely ignore the middle- its a cran.
7. All 3 are pronounced the same, nothing different.
Bonus: Pepto is delicious, but cherry pepto is an abomination.

Sasha Reichman Deel said... [Reply]

Texan here & it's SODA!! Guess that comes from living in Nebraska for several years when I was younger. We MOW the lawn, I didn't realize I was saying 'tenny' shoes until today, what would it be if it wasn't a water fountain????? AND Pepto Bismol smoothie??? I think YES!!!

alicia_vl said... [Reply]

The video link up didn't work, so here is the link to my video on youtube! I hope it entertains you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLZ9xbgL9LA&feature=youtu.be

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Kelley Nettles said... [Reply]

Lucy!!! That was so cute! I loved, loved watching it. I never really even knew people called a water fountain a "bubbler" in the United States. I love learning new things! Thanks for taking the time to record your video. It was entertaining! (Your cat is pretty, too.)

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AJ Collins said... [Reply]

:) I did it. Now I need to go back to my blog and link my vlog up there. It was on my Bucket List for this summer, so perfect timing!! Thanks for the fun!

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Kelley Nettles said... [Reply]

I really enjoyed your video! "Gaggle of women" and the comparison of Pepto Bismol to Diet Dr. Pepper made me laugh! Thanks so much for recording it. It was fun to watch! I learned so much. (Drinking fountain?)

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Old Dog, New Tits said... [Reply]

How fun was this? Being state-adjacent to you, we have a lot of answers in common here. But our accents are way different. Or so I think.

Thanks, Kelley, so much for hosting such a fun link-up. :)

The Spin Cycle said... [Reply]

Hey, you! I've missed your face, and here you are all talking live and stuff! Plus, I love quizzes! Whoop! Here goes (I'm Chicago by way of Minnesota by way of New Jersey...so I'm sort of an accent mutt):


1. POP
2. I've never seen one of those. Sorry, Bo-Belley.
3. Fountain
4. Tennis shoes
5. Mow the lawn. I should know. I'm the one who does that at my house.
6. Highway
7. 2 is a couple...three is a few...more than than 4 or 5 is several.

Here are the words:
How do you pronounce:
8. SEAR-up.
9. pee CAN
10. puh JAM uhs
11. MAN ayse
12. LOY ur
13. CRAYon
14. Merry
*15. For you? I say yes (no). Um, yes.



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