So, I thought it would be interesting to see the various colloquialisms that occur in various places around the world (For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sodavspopvscoke.png)
I guess I'll start. I'm originally from near Detroit, MI, I'm currently going to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I worked in Rockford, Illinois recently, and I'm working in Northeast Wisconsin right now. Here's some I've run into/use
- Pop - soft drink (of course!)
- Yooper - person who lives in the upper peninsula (the UP)
- Davenport - couch (mostly older people)
- Bubbler - drinking fountain (WI)
- Water fountain - drinking fountain (I find this to be completely natural, but some people who use 'bubbler' find this weird)
- The adding of 's onto the end of places (We're going to Meijer's after school.) even if it isn't in the name
- Ending sentences in unnecessary prepositions occasionally (Where's my backpack at?)
- Using the phrase 'come with' without anything after it (Are you gonna come with? - This seems to be from MN. I have to have the 'me' or 'us' at the end.)
That's all I can really think of right now. So what's different in your area?
EDIT: Just realized most of you won't know what Meijer is. It a supermarket, much like walmart, but not evil. It's pretty much the best store ever and it's found mostly in Michigan. I guess we treat store names like they were family houses. (We're going over to the Smith's tonight.) However, "Walmart's" sounds ridiculous as does "Save-a-lot's". "Barnes & Nobel's" sounds perfectly fine.