26 April 2013

Dialect Quiz: Thongs, Pop and Flip-Flops

These are called JoJo's, I don't care what you say.

The other day I came across this old internet meme: The Dialect Quiz. This sort of thing has always fascinated me. For example, as a kid in the Portland area we called flip-flops "thongs" (much to the amusement of, well, everyone's college roommate).  In Hawai'i, they're called "slippaz" and here in the OC they're referred to as flip-flops.

An OC-ism (so far as I can tell) is referring to the grocery store (Albertson's, for example) as "the market." As in, "I ran into your co-worker at the market, she was buying arsenic. Thought you might want to know."

Well, I digress. Here's the official quiz:

  1. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? 
  2. What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? 
  3. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? 
  4. What do you call gym shoes? 
  5. What do you say to address a group of people? 
  6. What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? 
  7. What do you call your grandparents? 
  8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? 
  9. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? 
  10. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
I would answer thusly:

1. TP-ing a house
2. potato bug*
3. soda (but I used to call it "pop")
4. gym shoes
5. Yo!
6. Daddy Long Legs
7. Grandma and either Papa or Grandpa
8. Shopping cart
9. summer?
10. remote

* I recently had a disagreement with my significant other on this one. In the end I went to the great answerer in the cloud and Googled it. As it turns out, a potato bug is actually this HIDEOUS cricket thing with a giant head. That said, Wikipedia notes that a "roly poly bug" is also referred to as a potato bug, so it's not just me.

Hope you'll share your answers below! I'm especially interested what the alternate answers might be for questions one and six. I have to admit I'm confused by question nine.