Saturday 6

Saturday Six #474



In English, there’s almost always more than one way to say something, and there are certain words that we use depending on where we grew up or where we live.

This week, the Saturday Six focuses on the theme of how you say it, so get ready for six questions about the words you most commonly use.

And be sure to stop by next week for another set of six questions!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

1. What nickname for the bathroom (i.e., “restroom”, “toilet”, etc.) do you use most often?

2. What do you normally call the season of the year that follows summer: autumn or fall?

3. What nicknames (i.e., “Granny”, “Pop”, etc.) did you use to address your grandparents?

4. What do you usually call the meal you have in the middle of the day: lunch or dinner?

5. What do you usually call the meal you have in the evening: dinner or supper?

6. What do you usually call a soft drink: a soda, a pop, a “Coke” (even it if’s something else) or a soft drink?

Thanks for playing this week’s Saturday Six and I hope you’ll be back next week!

Saturday Six #474
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  1. DianaCT

    May 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    My answers are here…

    And I have a bonus question for you all… “What do you call a store where you buy alcohol?”

    • Cathryn (aka Strange)

      May 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      DianaCT  We used to call them State Stores here in PA and sometimes I still revert to that name.  The state still owns and operates them but they are now called Wine and Spirit Stores.  I generally just call it the liquor store, myself.

    • psalm23

      May 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      DianaCT I grew up with “liquor store” but they are often called “the beer depot” in Wisconsin, even when you’re buying hard liquor. Quite often around here they are called by their names, rather than a generic: Ferlinga’s, or Sparrow, or Bottles, etc. So I “stop at Ferlinga’s” on the way home from work.

    • patricksplace

      May 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

      DianaCT Here, we call it the “liquor store.”

  2. Cathryn (aka Strange)

    May 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Mine are here:

  3. psalm23

    May 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I’m in:
    This was fun. Are you going to answer these, Patrick??

    • patricksplace

      May 12, 2013 at 1:27 am

      psalm23 Okay, here are my answers:
      1. Bathroom (at home…at work, I call it the “restroom.”)
      2. Fall
      3. Grandmama & Nana…both my grandfathers were gone by the time I would have been old enough to call them anything.
      4. Lunch
      5. Supper (For me, dinner is a more formal version of supper. I never use dinner for the midday meal.)
      6. A Coke, even if it’s a Pepsi. My mom’s family refer to them often as “Co-Colas,” but I’m sure Coke’s lawyers wouldn’t appreciate them botching the trademark. :)

      • psalm23

        May 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        patricksplace psalm23 #1 reminded me that at work we refer to it by location: “I’m going ’round the corner” or “I’m going upstairs.”  There are plenty of corners and many other things upstairs besides toilets and sinks, but God Forbid we should be literal about things! :-)
        I always thought lunchtime dinners were southern. Hmmm….

        • patricksplace

          May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

          psalm23 I’ve heard dinner used for both meals of the day. It can definitely make life confusing.

  4. profkrg

    May 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

    1. The Little Editors’ Room
    2. Fall
    3. Granny
    4. Lunch. People call it dinner?
    5. Dinner, although I was just thinking that, in the south, a lot of people call it supper.
    6. Soda. My sorority sisters, many of whom were from the east, broke me of calling it “pop.”

    • patricksplace

      May 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      profkrg Ha! I love “The Little Editors’ Room!” 
      As for dinner, some people use it for the midday meal and others use it for the evening meal. In the South, it’s used by some as either, so I never know when I’m going to get to eat! :)

  5. otowi33.33

    May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    1.  restroom
    2. fall
    3. grandma and grandpa
    4. lunch
    5.  dinner
    6.  pop

  6. msalakka

    May 14, 2013 at 3:19 am

    1. John. (Classy!)
    2. Autumn.
    3. None, I call them by their first names.
    4. Lunch.
    5. Dinner, unless it’s after 9 pm. Supper is a late dinner.
    6. Soda.

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