Let's settle this: What do you call these 8 common things?
Did you call soft drinks "pop," "soda," or "Coke" growing up?
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Growing up, we learned the names of certain things from the people around us. Perhaps everyone around you called a soft drink "pop" or a sandwich "hoagie," so those names stuck.
But when we became exposed to different people and regions, suddenly there were multiple words for certain things. A bubbler wasn't a bubbler, it was a water fountain; or a hoagie was called a sub.
What do you call these eight objects? When it comes to naming thing, is it your way or the highway, or are you open to other people calling a lollipop a "sucker" as well?
What it's called: water fountain, drinking fountain, bubbler
Where: People in the South and Northeast prefer to drink water out of a water fountain, but people in the Midwest and West like using a drinking fountain to get hydrated. People in Wisconsin and the Boston area have the distinction of using a bubbler.
What it's called: soda, pop, Coke
Where: If you're from the Midwest or Pacific Northwest, then you know soft drinks are called pop and everyone else is wrong. But if you're from the Northeast, West Coast, or St. Louis area, then you don't know what this "pop" thing is because soft drinks are called soda. Because Coca-Cola has its headquarters in Atlanta, the company has a foothold on the South with everyone calling soft drinks "Coke" no matter what.
What it's called: tennis shoes, sneakers, gym shoes
Where: Most everyone laces up their tennis shoes to go to the gym. But if you're from the Northeast, you know sneakers are the right way to go. If you're in the Chicago area, you lace up your gym shoes to go to the gym, obviously.
What it's called: kitty-corner, catty-corner
Where: It's the place diagonally across the street corner, but it has two pretty similar names. If you're in the South and lower Midwest, that place is called the "catty-corner." But if you're in New England, the upper Midwest, and West, that place is called the "kitty-corner."
What it's called: lollipop, sucker
Where: While Lollipop is the technical term for the hard candy on a stick, some people in the Midwest and South prefer to call it a "sucker."
What it's called: sub, grinder, hoagie
Where: Most of the country agrees, the long, specialty sandwich is called a sub. But if you live in New England, you might call it a grinder. Those near Philadelphia don't know what any of this means, because they normally call it a hoagie.
What it's called: TP-ing, rolling
Where: If you didn't deface someone's home with toilet paper at least once, did you really go to high school? Most people call this coming-of-age ritual "TPing," but in the South a common term is "rolling."
What it's called: firefly, lightning bug
Where: It's the same insect, but it can go by two different names, sometimes interchangeably. Those in the West describe the bugs that light up the night as "firefly." In the middle of the country, the bugs go by the name "lightning bugs." The East Coast uses both terms, as do people in Florida and Texas.