Some of you know I love words. I enjoy learning the origins of a word, and in these parts, far more time than I care to admit has been passed seeing who can articulate the difference between p-e-n and p-i-n. I hear they’re NOT really homophones, and had Mrs. Dent not spent three hours on diction and pronunciation in junior high, I wouldn’t be able to even pretend I know better, much less attempt to pull off making them SOUND different at all.
Anyway, a few email exchanges over the last few weeks led to this post. I feel I should lead off with a disclaimer of sorts… after all, any dork from Central Virginia whose mouth cannot pronounce pen and pin differently enough for her ears to hear it, without sounding like a she’s drunk AND talking in slow motion is no expert on what to call what or when. So, weigh in, correct me, and let’s enjoy seeing how where we live – and have lived – and maybe even the “when” part of life – influence our choice of words!
Jumper, the fashion version. When I use it, I mean the skirted thing. However, I also realize that my Brit-like friends immediately see what I call a pullover…
Hoodie. Heck, I don’t even know if I’m spelling that one right, but I mean any sweatshirt or sweater with a hood. In my wardrobe, it’s most often a sweatshirt, pullover or zippered.
Yoga pants. Again, I’m not sure what the rest of the world means, but I use those words to mean any straight legged to boot-cut, probably mid-calf to ankle length knit pants, to be worn by yours truly around the house, to walk the dogs and/or to work out.
Now… there are also words I don’t use consistently. What do you call Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, etc? I generally order a “diet”, so… I don’t use soda or pop much at all.
What do you call athletic shoes? I played tennis, basketball, ran track, cross-country and now I walk, so as above… I state what I need. I’ve heard people say “tennis shoes” when they’re wearing a running-style shoe… what do you say?
Feel free to add to the list. Are there words or terms that you feel are specific to a particular region or country? For instance, if you see/hear me use Kiwi, I mean my New Zealand relatives, not that hair fruit that too often tastes like dirt for me to like it…