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Apr. 4th, 2008

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Age: 39

Where did you grow up: Makeupmyownslangopolis

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Longpuddle

2. The thing you push around the grocery store.
Truckette

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Norton

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Roundie (or browndie if it's Teflon-coated)

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Widechair

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Leafcatcher or spagglers (the two terms are interchangeable)

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Berkmanshire

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
X-Fizlo, for example "dark-fizlo" is cola or Dr Pepper, "light-fizlo" is Sprite or 7-Up, "or-fizlo" is orange soda; if more specific terms are required, "C-Fizlo" is Coke, "P-Fizlo" is Pepsi, and "DI-Fizlo" is Dr. Iggy, the Dr Pepper knockoff at Food Iguana

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Eathat (pronounced either "eat-hat" or "eat-that")

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Uster (short for bellyb-uster)

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Notlongers

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Strapdiddles or squeakers (the latter esp. for basketball)

13. Putting a room in order.
Donna Reeding up the place

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
Flashsquito

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Curl-Up, after Escher

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.
Child levelers

17. How do you eat your pizza?
With a spoon and chopsticks

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Mathomin' tidrick

19. What's the evening meal?
Antibreakfast

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

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Shirtwetter

Current Mood: mischievousp-slicey
Current Music: The B-52's - Ultraviolet

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From:q_pheevr
Date:April 5th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
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I have very different answers for these, probably because I'm from Toronto:

  1. A faucet. Or is it a tap? I always get those two mixed up.
  2. The staff.
  3. A de Havilland Dash-8.
  4. The kitchen.
  5. A carpet.
  6. A raccoon.
  7. The Skydome.
  8. If cola-flavoured: virgin Cuba libres. If quinine-flavoured: virgin-and-tonics.
  9. Sausage.
  10. Design failure.
  11. Sunglasses.
  12. Ice skates.
  13. Numbering the doors.
  14. A radioactive moth.
  15. Stephen Harper.
  16. A zero-sum game.
  17. Cold.
  18. A general election.
  19. It's the quantity of flour you need to add to or remove from the measuring cup to make a level measure.
  20. Hades.
  21. Lake Ontario.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 5th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
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Very good! We also would have accepted "surveillance van" for #7.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:April 5th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Wet

2. The thing you push around the grocery store.
My ass

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Slop bucket

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Barn on fire

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
A crowded armchair

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Hired help

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Football stadium

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
200 Calories

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Steamrolled Cheerios (mmm, mmm, good)

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Leftovers-in-a-bun

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
As long as they wear *something*

12. Shoes worn for sports.
They wear shoes for sports now? Why isn't that an Olympic sport?

13. Putting a room in order.
Alphabetizing

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
Radioactive blackfly

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Squashed

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.
Elevators

17. How do you eat your pizza?
With my mouth

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
A Transcona divorce :)

19. What's the evening meal?
Liver with some fava beans and a nice chiani

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

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Toilet

Just what is this supposed to tell you anyways?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 6th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
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Just what is this supposed to tell you anyways?

Comparing linguistics geographically. For example, for #20, they expect either "basement" or "cellar." But I'm stumped as to what #21 can be other than "fountain."
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 6th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
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Apparently in some parts of the country, a drinking fountain is called a "bubbler".
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From:tracerj
Date:April 5th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
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Age: almost thirty, but not a grown-up

Where did you grow up: Not sure what planet, but not Earth

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Vein.

2. The thing you push around the grocery store.
Buttons! When I can find them.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Tin.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Butter.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Bed, king-size.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Don't ask me, mine has never worked right.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Gazebo.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
Tasty, yet morally ambiguous.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Grits, when in a shallow bowl, but I prefer mine with just a little butter and black pepper.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Cheesesteak.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Removable.

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Rarely last long, especially inexpensive brands from Payless.

13. Putting a room in order.
Is that as expensive as ordering in the room? Like, fourteen dollars for a small breakfast? Pshaw.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
And when they hit the windshield, there's this luminescent spatter that reminds one of art. It lingers for minutes....

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
You'll have to ask them what they're named, I can barely hear them speak.

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.
Swingset. We never could coordinate well enough to tip one over, so we kept trying for torsion.

17. How do you eat your pizza?
With plenty of red pepper, and my taste buds are not burnt out, thank you.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Capitalist excess.

19. What's the evening meal?
Seafood jambalaya. My buni is an excellent cook.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
I'm not allowed down there since... the encounter.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
A bottle. Two bucks at the little Thai place I eat at sometimes. What a ripoff!
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From:wolflahti
Date:April 5th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Is anybody in the current generation going to understand any reference to Donna Reed?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 5th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
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If not, they can Google it!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 6th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
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I do. Does age 25 count as "the current generation"?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 6th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
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You lost me on #18.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 6th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
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That's cobbled together from two existing but obscure bits of slang.

"Mathom is from Tolkien: "The Mathom-house it was called; for anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom. Their dwellings were apt to become rather crowded with mathoms, and many of the presents that passed from hand to hand were of that sort."

"Tidrick" is a Boontling term, specifically for a picnic (altered form of "tea-drink"), generally for any kind of get-together.
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