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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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mornea
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.
phiso_kun
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.
mornea
Apr. 22nd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
We've always called them sneakers (I'm in the NE/Mid-Atlantic US)
phiso_kun
Apr. 22nd, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh! Southeast Texas, here.
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phiso_kun
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"?
mornea
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.
dameruth
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).

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