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Local terms

A meme about terms used in my part of the world, copied from zoefruitcake days ago. As you can see, we speak a mixture of UK and US English with some weird local terms thrown in. [worries a bit about whether that piece of soft furniture on the Liberator flight deck is actually a sofa rather than a couch] I'd be interested to know what you say for some of these things, and what the insect in question 15 is.

What do you call:

1. a flowing body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: stream; creek if even smaller

2. the thing you push around the grocery store: trolley.

3. a metal container to carry a meal in: lunch box.

4. the thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: frying pan

5. the piece of furniture that seats three people: couch

6. the device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: guttering; the vertical bit's a downpipe

7. the covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: veranda[h] (if it's not covered, it's a deck)

8. carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: soft drinks

9. a flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: pancake

10. a long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: filled roll if normal size; sub if ridiculously huge

11. the piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: they're all [swimming] togs or swimsuits here regardless of style or gender of wearer

12. shoes worn for sports: sport shoes / running shoes

13. putting a room in order. tidying up

14. a flying insect that glows in the dark. glow worm

15. the little insect that curls up into a ball: no idea what that is; we probably don't have them here

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: seesaw

17. How do you eat your pizza? Eh? I bite bits off, chew, and swallow them. What the hell do you do?

18. when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff: garage sale

19. the evening meal: dinner if it's the main meal, tea if it's not

20. the thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are: basement but they're rare and we don't have furnaces

21. the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places: water fountain [edit] or drinking fountain

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