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So, a couple of random questions for y'all:

1) What do YOU call a water fountain? 
2) What do YOU call your grandparents?
3) Is dude now a national term, or is it still sort of a regional thing?
4) So, yesterday was 4/20. Is this actually celebrated anywhere?

1) A water fountain. :)
2) In English, grandma/grandpa; I won't include the Spanish.
3) It's used in southeast Texas. >>
4) Not really here, though I heard it is in California...?


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Apr. 21st, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
oo1. I'd probably shorten it to fountain, but of course water fountain is just fine.
oo2. I call them grandma and grandpa.
oo3. I use it all the time, so I don't think it's all that regional anymore.
oo4. Yes, it definitely is. Every year in Ottawa (ON, Canada), people go sit in the Parliament Hill park; This year was no different!

Edited at 2010-04-21 10:25 pm (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
1) Water fountain is fine, though I learned 'drinking fountain' as well.
2) Grandma & Grandpa. Others here call them 'Nana' and 'Pop-Pop'. 'Mee-Maw' & 'Pee-Paw'
3) Dude is everywhere, so far as I know (I've heard it in Ohio & Nevada), though some places it's used more than others, like CA.
4) My hubby reminded me of it yesterday (I'm in Ohio). "Celebrated" is subjective.
Apr. 21st, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
what happened on 4/20? I used Bubby & Zaide. Those are terms in Yiddish, which was spoken a lot, because they were immigrants. My father's parents came to the US in 1923.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh. I wouldn't know. Nobody I know smaokes pot.
Apr. 21st, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
As a note, I live in New York City.

1) Water fountain.
2) Granny for my grandmother, and Poppa for my grandfather.
3) I think it's not so much a regional thing as a subculture thing. I hardly ever hear it among my friends, but I think it's used more often among people of a lower class than my friends generally are.
4) Here in NYC? Definitely.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
1. Bubbler (it's mainly a Wisconsin term, though I've heard it's used a bit in Oregon and New England as well...)
2. Grandpa and Grandma.
3. I hear it here in Wisconsin, but not really in my own group of friends.
4. There were a couple of giggling girls who came into work yesterday and bought ~$30 of junk food. It was quite clear they celebrated.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
1) Water fountain

2) When they were alive, Nanny and Poppy.

3) I've heard young people use it. (Note: I live in NJ and am over 50)

4) I have no idea.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
1) drinking fountain or water fountain

2) I called one set Grandma and Pop Pop and the other Nanny and Grandpa (I was a strange kid)

3) Have heard people use it

4) I'm sure that some people in every general area of the US "celebrated"
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
1) Water fountain (though sometimes drinking fountain...not much of a difference to me)
2) Grandpa and Grandma (for both pairs, when the other pair was alive)
3) Depends...I can say "Hey, dude" here to friends in greeting and no one would think it was unusual, but it's not really common. Maybe considered silly or quirky, just a little bit.
4) Not that I know of...it's kind of a joke. Probably people who smoke pot celebrate it. I'm all for legalization!

Oh, and I'm in central IN. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
1) a Water fountain or a drinking fountain.
2) grandma and grandpa on my mom's side. On my dad's side, it was Nana (my paternal grandfather passed away when my dad was young).
3) I assume dude is national.
4) What's 4/20?

I'll ask another question... what do you call those athletic shoes that the British call "trainers"? It seems to vary quite a bit by US Region.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
We call them tennis shoes, pronounced "tennie (ten-knee) shoes". On occasion we use sneakers, but it's mostly just tennis shoes.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
We've always called them sneakers (I'm in the NE/Mid-Atlantic US)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh! Southeast Texas, here.
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Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
My pronunciation is varies between [ˈtɛnɪˌʃus] and [ˈtɛniˌʃus], depending on something I'm not sure of. XD I wonder, does anyone actually pronounce the /s/ in "tennis"?
Apr. 22nd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I do. I've heard them refered to as Ten-nis Shoes (s pronounced). But usually in the NE US it's "sneakers". Never heard the word Tennis pronounced without the s on the end.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Tennis shoes when I was growing up, but now it's all kinds of things (often related to sepcific uses like "running" shoes or "athletic" shoes).
Apr. 22nd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
1. water fountain
2. grandpa and nanny on one side, mommo and daddo on the other side
3. i've used dude all my life but i'm from florida so i don't know if it's national or not.
4. plenty of my friends celebrate 4/20 but they probably just smoke pot like usual. as far as i know, it's more of a joke than anything.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
1. Drinking fountain.
2. Grandma and Grandpa (+ last names, as needed to differentiate)
3. *I* use it all the time, but I grew up in Southern Oregon in the 80s, which means I got a lot of California slang. Don't hear it around here (Idaho) all that much from anyone *but* me, but nobody treats me like a Martian for saying it, either.
4. Didn't know it was a "day" as such, but locally there's always a Hemp Fest in the city park this time of year, usually on the weekend (it was held 4/17 this year), so, yeah, I guess it is observed locally (college town, note).

Edited at 2010-04-22 03:33 pm (UTC)
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