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    From the You-Have-to-See-This Dept.:

    I'm looking at John's links, and the American Dialect Society has a wonderful run-down of the year's (this year's? last year's?) newest and most interesting phrases, including Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), google (verb), and regime change.

    http://www.americandialect.org/woty.html

    But then they deliver this with a totally "straight face":

    (PG-13 warning)

    "sausage fest, slang term for a party with more males than females"

    I was ROFLMAO for five minutes.

    Next year, I'm going to submit jumping on the grenade.

    Def: to willingly sacrifice for one's friend (usually male); ex. to spend time with the ugly friend of companion's romantic interest, esp. in a bar setting
    "...Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things donít always soften the bad things, but...the bad things donít always spoil the good things." - The Doctor

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    Oh I hate it when I have to jump on the grenade. That's classic phat!
    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's eyes... but why... why... why can't it be me?

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    The only thing I say that might be considered odd is "y'all." I use it all the time! It's easier to say than "you guys," imo. I don't have a southern accent though. Most people I know don't, in fact.

    There was a girl who moved here from Michigan back in 8th grade. We went on a trip to the moutains in North Carolina for a week as a class. I was in her group. Eventually, she started to open up. She used words like "pop" for soda and "wagon" for station wagon. She had another unique word, but it'd probably be best I didn't say it (being PG and all). She didn't even know what grits were. She never used "y'all." She said that her and her friends used it to make fun of southern people. We teased her about all that! We did introduce her to grits though. She eventually picked up some stuff.

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    In New Zealand you don't go for take-out, its take-away. and auto repair shops are called Panel Beaters. A drug store is called Chemists.
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    Originally posted by hazyshadeof
    Oh I hate it when I have to jump on the grenade. That's classic phat!
    Hey, Hazy:

    Have you ever had to jump on the grenade, and the F.U.F. ("fat ugly friend") just didn't understand that you were jumping on the grenade?

    I once jumped on a grenade who turned out to be a MOAB--the "mother of all bombs."

    Of course, I was trying to charge the sniper's nest, that is, although I was jumping the grenade, I tried to sneak in and appear more interesting than my friend to the good-looking one.

    Not only did it not work, but the MOAB was all about me, and I had to chew my arm off to escape the steel trap.

    MOAB: ...so you're going to call me, right? You have my number? My ex-boyfriend might come by, but I'll tell him to eff off if you're calling. I sleep in on Saturdays, so call after two.

    Me: Uh-huh.

    MOAB: I had a good time! Don't ignore me! Call!

    Me: Sure.
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    Hazy,

    Here's two more from my vocabulary with my friends you may appreciate:

    Talk him down from the ledge: To dissuade a close friend from a suicidal course of action

    Ex. "He said he was trying to get back together with his hideous beast of an ex-girlfriend, but I talked him down from that ledge."

    The Cabana Boy: 1. A male friend who is forced to run errands and otherwise perform all the duties of a boyfriend, without enjoying the benefits thereof (ie sexual intercourse, companionship, having someone listen to his problems)

    2. Not related to "the cabana boy" found in pornographic movies (That's one at you, Paulie!)

    Ex. "You're buying her lunch now? Guess you're her new cabana boy."
    "...Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things donít always soften the bad things, but...the bad things donít always spoil the good things." - The Doctor

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    My being from South Jersey, where we have tons and tons of tourists from out of state... (taken from the links)

    SHOOBIES = tourists from out of state
    BENNIES = tourists that come down to the shore from North Jersey
    GO TO THE SHORE = go to the beach
    ICING = frosting for cake
    HOAGIE = submarine sandwich
    BEEP THE HORN = sound the horn
    HOTCAKES = pancakes
    YO = hello
    YOUSES = y'all
    SUPERMARKET = grocery store
    WAWA = a local mini-convenience food and gas store chain
    MORRIS = how we pronounicate the local river, Maurice

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    yep the Coke thing is a fact
    Fixin is in my vocabulary..
    so is the term " do what?" when you want someone to repeat something or you weren't sure you heard them right, for example:

    The estimate to fix the car is 3000.00.
    Do what?

    pick up the house is a definate
    oh and the phrase 'visit' as in " you kids go play, Miss Rosy and I are going to visit for bit."
    Which points out another phrase, any adult who is familiar to children becomes MISS so and so using their first name,, so all the neighbors are Miss Rosy, Miss Geanie, Miss Kerri,
    then men become just their first name or in our case in the neighborhood Dr Jeff, and Miss Kerri.. its strange and there are no rules but everyone gets it and does it.

    Also sometimes your closest friends become Aunts and Uncles.

    Another here is the phrase " fall out" for faint but that is a little older.

    Then there is the breakfast, supper and dinner factor!

    Lunch is more fancy.

    Dadgummit is a great substitute for swear words.

    oh well thats all for now!

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    Totally and majorly gnarly!

    Like wow, you guys! That is all totally cool.

    I can't think of a thing that we like say differently here in California, dude!

    Of course a lot of this has been incorporated into 'U.S. Speak' and is no longer regional.

    Something unique to us is that we drive on Freeways and we mispronounce Spanish names like Los Angeles, San Pedro, San Vicente etc. and turn them into something unrecognizable to most Spanish speaking people.

    A weird thing about Californians is that we have no regional accents.

    Here's a group hug for us all!

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    In Wisconsin we say bubbler instead of water fountain, on Friday nights we go to a "fish fry" and people from Illinois are flatlanders.

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