Regional variation in words

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by seebs, May 21, 2015.

  1. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    I think I read somewhere than jan-ken-pon was like, the original name of the game, and that it was brought over from Japan? I might be misremembering however.
     
  2. Deresto

    Deresto Was Eaten by a Grue

    When i was in elementary school we called it rock paper scissors, and in high school it was jan ken pon because me and all the other nerds were huge weeaboos. I was also the asshole kid in elementary who picked the undefeatable lazer gun nearly every time.
     
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  3. Aondeug

    Aondeug Oya Manda

    So long as no one calls it paper rock scissors.
     
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  4. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    That was what fucked me up about the "scissors, paper, stone" one. THE ORDER IS FUCKING WRONG.

    I'm in a weird position, because I spent just long enough in North Carolina (Durham) as a smol (I moved here when I was 6) that I always still thought of it as "rock-paper-scissors," but I learned to call it "ro-sham-bo" because that was what literally all of my classmates called it? So I tend to call it "rock-paper-scissors" if I'm referencing it in writing or online, but I tend to use "ro-sham-bo" IRL because it's just the accepted term here...
     
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  5. Wingyl

    Wingyl Allegedly Magic

    Paper-scissors-rock or rock-paper-scissors here.

    Paper rock scissors has the vowels in the wrong order. It's like saying tock-tick, you don't realize it's a rule of English grammar to not put those words in that order cause of the vowels until someone says or writes it and your brain goes No!!! no!!! Wrong!!!
     
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  6. winterykite

    winterykite Non-newtonian genderfluid

    Schere-Stein-Papier (scissors-rock-paper), or Sching-Schang-Schong
     
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  7. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    I always knew it as the latter
     
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  8. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    I love this one omg
     
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  9. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    Tangent, but I wonder if that’s also why “mom and dad” sounds wayyyy more Right than “dad and mom?”
     
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  10. Jojo

    Jojo Writin and fightin

    Off topic but what do you call your leftover food scraps? At my house it doesn't have a special name if theres still a full serving or more left (its just called leftovers) but all the food scraps left over from a meal get put into a central "slop plate" or "slop bowl" to be fed to the dogs. Its probably a remnant of my dad and mamaw having hogs intermittently thru their lives and collecting scrap food for them in a "slop bucket", but its still fun to say "Take the slop out to the dogs!"
     
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  11. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    We don’t really have a specific term for them in my family. I think we’d just call ‘em “scraps,” but since the “slop bowl” (excellent phrase btw!) thing isn’t a thing we do and we don’t really do anything special with our scraps, we don’t really need a term.

    (Leftovers are just “leftovers.”)
     
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  12. Re Allyssa

    Re Allyssa Sylph of Heart

    Grey because I grew up on Neopets. (I have no idea how I spelled it before that, but gray always looked wrong/incorrect to me, so I feel like it's always been grey to me....)

    Rock paper scissors. With an optional shoot at the end, though the game was always just called rock paper scissors
     
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  13. Wingyl

    Wingyl Allegedly Magic


    yup
    vowel order
     
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  14. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    Huh, that’s interesting. Paper-scissors-rock sounds more wrong to me than paper-rock-scissors though. Rock has an abrupt end that divides it from the next word, but scissors doesn’t. My brain isn’t too happy about rsrock.
     
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  15. YggiDee

    YggiDee Well-Known Member

    See for me I feel the opposite way, but for the same reason. The plosive at the end of rock makes it the most satisfying word to shout as a challenge to your opponent, and the 1-2 1-2 1 syllable rhythm is pleasing to me. However I should add that around here it's 'Paper Scissor Rock' and I think using the singular for scissor just lets the two words roll right into each other.

    I have now spent more time thinking about the phrase 'Paper scissor rock' than I ever have playing it.
     
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  16. Lazarae

    Lazarae You won't be the death of me

    A thing I encountered recently: "muxed" for messed/fucked/mucked up. Seen in a pun, but the pun also used it in its natural context so I'm not surely if it exists wholy as a pun word or out in the wild somewhere.

    I don't think I've heard it quite as "muxed," mostly as "mucked" being the closest, but I do wonder if somewhere has more of an X sound.
     
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  17. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    I learnt that calling someone a 'suck' seems to be regional. Like when your dog is sulking and watching you for them to give you some food and you go 'don't be such a suck'. It's a kind of playful equivalent of 'don't be a wet blanket' that isn't usually meant seriously but Americans I talked to don't seem to know it.
     
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  18. Acey

    Acey let's see what the daylight brings

    Here’s one for ya: how do y’all pronounce the word “our?” I’ve always said it like “are,” but a lot of people say it like “hour,” and I’m curious to see how you guys pronounce it!
     
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  19. chthonicfatigue

    chthonicfatigue Bitten by a radioactive trickster god

    Oor.
     
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  20. Loq

    Loq cursed blue crab pincher

    Closer to "are" unless I need to Sound Fancy or enunciate for some reason.

    And usually, depending on where it is in the sentence, just an orphaned "r" attached to the nearest word, because elision is for WINNERS
     
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