Just for laughs

Because we know how much language can vary from country to country! (Cheers to Rae for the idea)

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Creek
2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
Trolley
3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Thermos
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Frypan
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Couch. Or sofa
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Drain? Gutter?
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Deck/courtyard/verandah
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
Fizzy/soft drink
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Pancakes
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub(way) 😛
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Well, it really depends, there are so many options! Togs, boardies/board shorts, or if you’re talking Speedos, well, there’s also speedos.
12. Shoes worn for sports.
Running shoes? Trainers, or maybe sneakers.
13. Putting a room in order.
Tidying up
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
A what?
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Pass, again
16. The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
Seesaw
17. How do you eat your pizza?
Quickly. Using my hands
18. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Garage sale
19. What’s the evening meal?
Dinner. Or tea in some houses
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
Never seen one with a furnace, but basement
21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Fountain/tap

Your turn!

12 thoughts on “Just for laughs

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair December 20, 2009 at 15:02

    The only thing I say different is number 2. We call it a “shopping cart” or a “cart” for short.

    This was fun!

  • Reply me in millions December 20, 2009 at 16:10

    14. is a firefly

  • Reply Jenn @ Paying Myself December 20, 2009 at 17:45

    14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
    A firefly or a lightening bug
    15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
    A potato bug – though apparently a potato bug is actually something much more disgusting. I am thinking of what is actually called a “pill bug” – http://www.highlightskids.com/Science/Stories/SS0498_bugsthatarent.asp

  • Reply Jenn @ Paying Myself December 20, 2009 at 17:47

    Also:

    6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
    Eavesdrop (we pronounce it “eaves-draw-f”)

  • Reply Sense December 20, 2009 at 18:33

    14: is a lightning bug!! (firefly also acceptable) You guys don’t have them here. 🙁 I really want to import them, they are adorable and fun to catch (and release) on warm summer nights.

  • Reply SS4BC December 20, 2009 at 21:40

    8: Coke (all kinds are just “coke” in my book – when we’d go to restaurants as kids we’d say “I’d like a coke” and the waitress would say: “What kind?” and I would reply: “Dr Pepper”)

    14: lightening bug or firefly

    15: rollypolly

  • Reply SS4BC December 20, 2009 at 21:41

    Sorry forgot the other different one:

    2: cart

  • Reply Karen December 21, 2009 at 04:32

    My differences would be:
    3. Lunchbox. Thermos is for drinks.
    4. Frying pan, more commonly just ‘pan’
    7. Porch
    8. Soda usually. Never Coke unless I want a Coca-Cola. And never ever ‘pop’!
    10. Sub or hoagie
    18. Is sometimes also a yard sale
    19. Sometimes supper.

    Are jumping jacks ‘star jumps’ for NZ’ers?

  • Reply eemusings December 21, 2009 at 10:07

    @ Karen: ooh yes, you’re right. that should be lunchbox! Haven’t heard porch in a long time – not since living in Malaysia I don’t think. Every (terraced) house on our street had one.

  • Reply Jane December 21, 2009 at 10:12

    I *love* #8. We call everything “Coke” (even if it’s not) which is boring and confusing.

    #14 we call lightening bugs, and #15 we call pill bugs. Everything else is pretty much the same in Austin, TX USA.

  • Reply Carrie December 21, 2009 at 11:26

    Ha ha!! I like this!
    1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
    Creek
    2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
    cart
    3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
    lunchpail
    4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
    pan or skillet
    5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
    couch
    6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
    gutter
    7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
    porch
    8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
    coke
    9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
    Pancakes
    10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
    sub
    11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
    trunks

    12. Shoes worn for sports.
    tennis shoes
    13. Putting a room in order.
    pick up
    14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
    lightning bug!
    15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
    rolly poley LOL!
    16. The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
    teeter totter (that’s even weird typing that)
    17. How do you eat your pizza?
    hands or fork
    18. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
    Garage sale
    19. What’s the evening meal?
    Dinner.
    20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
    basement
    21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
    drinking fountain

  • Reply Amanda December 22, 2009 at 02:56

    You do not want to import fireflies. They are pretty from a distance but up close, no. Thing of the ugliest fly you have ever seen. The firefly would probably beat it.

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