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!
1. John. (Classy!)
3. None, I call them by their first names.
5. Dinner, unless it's after 9 pm. Supper is a late dinner.
1. The Little Editors' Room
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."
@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! :)
I'm in: http://sweetmemes.blogspot.com/2013/05/patricks-place_11.html
This was fun. Are you going to answer these, Patrick??
@psalm23 Okay, here are my answers:
1. Bathroom (at home...at work, I call it the "restroom.")
3. Grandmama & Nana...both my grandfathers were gone by the time I would have been old enough to call them anything.
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. :)
@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....
My answers are here... http://dianacorner.blogspot.com/2013/05/saturday-six-474.html
And I have a bonus question for you all... "What do you call a store where you buy alcohol?"
@DianaCT Here, we call it the "liquor store."
@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.
@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.