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Pop or Soda? Hero or Sub? 13 Regional Food Names Around America

Pop or Soda? Hero or Sub? 13 Regional Food Names Around America


What do you call one of those long sandwiches in an Italian roll?

Pop or Soda? Hero or Sub? 13 Regional Food Names Around America

What do you call a carbonated beverage? How about a sandwich made on a long roll? Those little colorful things that top ice cream? There are lots of lots of foods whose names vary across regions, and we bet that you didn’t even know that some of them existed.

Hero/Sub/Hoagie

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A long sandwich, traditionally made on an Italian roll with various cold cuts and cheeses, is called a sub (or submarine, because of its similar shape) in most of the country. But it’s also known as a hoagie in the Philadelphia area; a hero in New York; a grinder in New England; a wedge in Westchester, New York and Fairfield, Connecticut; a zeppelin or zep in eastern Pennsylvania; a spuckie in parts of Boston (supposedly short for a kind of Italian loaf called a spucadella, though that term is unknown in Italy); and a blimpie in parts of New Jersey.

Pop/Soda/Coke

What do you call a carbonated beverage? According to this regional breakdown, it depends on where you live. In most northern states (except for the Northeast) it’s called a pop; in the Northeast, Southwest, and Florida it’s called a soda; and in the South it’s just a coke, no matter what type of carbonated drink it is.

Tomato Sauce/Red Gravy

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That red sauce that tops your spaghetti — you call it tomato sauce, right? Not in some Italian households (especially in the Philadelphia area, and on The Sopranos), where it’s called red gravy, or just gravy.

Pork Roll/Taylor Ham

First developed by a man named John Taylor in the 1850s, pork roll is made with processed ham and is sort of a cross between Spam and bologna (If it doesn’t sound appealing, try it on a round roll with fried eggs and cheese). It’s most popular in New Jersey; in North Jersey, it’s called Taylor Ham; in South Jersey, it’s called Pork Roll; and the terms are interchangeable in Central Jersey.

Soft Serve/Creemee

What’s called soft serve ice cream (the type that comes out of a dispenser) in the rest of the country is called a creemee (or creemie) up in Vermont. If you ever encounter a shop selling maple creemees (soft serve made with maple syrup), drop everything and buy one.

Sprinkles/Jimmies

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Those tiny little colorful candies that are found on ice cream sundaes, cupcakes, and doughnuts are called sprinkles, right? Well, not in some parts of the Northeast (especially the Boston area), where they’re known as jimmies.

Green Bell Pepper/Mango

This one is particularly strange. In parts of the Midwest, especially Kansas, green bell peppers are called mangoes. Even though it might seem like the name came from completely out of the blue, the name comes from the fact that when mangoes were first imported to America in the 1600s they had to be pickled because of a lack of refrigeration. The name caught on with other fruits and vegetables that needed to be pickled, but the only one it stuck with over the years were green peppers.

Jelly Doughnut/Bismarck

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If you’re in a doughnut shop in the Midwest and you spy a Bismarck, don’t be confused; that’s just another name for a jelly doughnut.

Casserole/Hotdish

In states of the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota and North Dakota, the hotdish is a way of life. Cooked in a single baking dish, a typical hotdish contains ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, and a crust of tater tots, but the variations are endless. In the rest of the country, they’re called casseroles, but in the Upper Midwest, just about every type of casserole is called a hotdish.

Lollipop/Sucker

Lollipops are the common name across the country for what’s essentially hard candy on a stick, but in the Midwest and South you’ll hear the term “sucker” used just as often. In some areas, a lollipop is disc-shaped, while a sucker is spherical.

Crayfish/Crawfish/Crawdad

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Officially termed crayfish, these decapod crustaceans resemble small lobsters and are hugely popular in the Gulf states. In the Gulf region, however, you’ll hear them referred to as crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, or even yabbies (actually an Australian name for them). They’re only called crayfish in the northern states.

Pancakes/Hot Cakes/Flapjacks

According to The Dictionary of Regional American English, pancakes have also been known as flapjacks, hot cakes, clapjacks, flapcakes, flapovers, flatcakes, flatjacks, flipjacks, flippers, flopjacks, flopovers, and slapjacks. While most of those regional names have gone the way of the dodo, pancakes are the Southern term, flapjacks are the Western term, and they’re called hot cakes in parts of the North.

Milkshake/Frappe/Cabinet

A milkshake is a blended combination of milk, ice cream, and some other flavoring, right? Not if you live in New England, where milkshakes don’t include ice cream; they’re just frothed milk and syrup. Add ice cream and you’ve got a frappe (pronounced “frap”). And if you’re in certain parts of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, a milkshake is called a cabinet (because that’s where the blender is kept). The classic cabinet is made with Autocrat Coffee Syrup.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


16 Things That Have a Totally Different Name, Depending on the State

It's one of the beauties of the English language that different regions have their own vocabularies, but sometimes the differences warrant a "Huh?" You may have no idea what your friend from Louisiana is trying to tell you she ate for lunch, and you may be too embarrassed to ask, but it's also possible that you ate the exact same thing. You just have a different word for it. When it comes to the American lexicon, variety is key, which is why we've put together a list of different words that mean the same thing across the country. English is confusing.

1. Carbonated beverages

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they refer to carbonated beverages. When it comes to soda versus pop, people in the Northeast and California prefer "soda," while Midwesterners opt for "pop." Apparently "pop" refers to the sound made by the original glass bottles when they were opened before the first sip.

2. Submarine sandwich

True sandwich aficionados might assert that hoagies are different from grinders which are different from subs, but someone who had an Italian sub for lunch in Connecticut had the same thing as someone who ate a hoagie in Pennsylvania. So what gives? Hoagies get their name from the Italian workers on Hog Island, Pa., who used to eat the meaty submarine-style sandwiches for lunch.

3. Eggs made in boiling water

When asked how they like their eggs, 73% of New Englanders might say "dropped," while 27% will choose poached, but they're all referring to the style of egg that's cracked into boiling water and served on toast. Poaching is the culinary term for cooking a delicate ingredient in simmering liquid, and dropping refers to the literal action of the egg when it falls from its shell into the pot.

4. Flat cakes

Many use pancake and flapjack synonymously when it comes to a breakfast order topped with syrup, but flapjacks are flat cakes cooked in the oven, while pancakes are fried on a skillet (or frying pan, depending on where you’re from).

5. Drinking fountains

In Wisconsin, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts: Bubblers

In the North and West: Drinking fountain

Everywhere else: Water fountains

Most across the country refer to the water dispensers in school hallways as water fountains, but denizens of Wisconsin call them "bubblers." That the term is still a mainstay in the Wisco lexicon attests to serious branding done on the part of Kohler Water Works in 1889, when the Wisconsin-based plumbing giant patented a drinking fountain invention and named it the Bubbler.

6. TV channel changer

Everywhere else: Remote control

The thing you use to change the TV channel? Most of us call it a remote control or a clicker. The term "clicker" is a nod to the sound that buttons on Zenith Radio Corporation's 1956 remote control models made when viewers changed channels. Seems legit.

7. Ice cream toppings

New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Jimmies

Everywhere else: Sprinkles

When lacking the plethora of topping options that populate frozen yogurt counters nowadays, your decision might come down to chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Wait, we mean jimmies. They're basically the same thing, but jimmies technically mean chocolate sprinkles. The etymology behind jimmies is unclear, though some think it was an epithet for African-Americans. In that case, it may be a little racist.

8. Water taps

Faucets and spigots mean the same thing: a tap where water comes out. A spigot, popular in the South, might be called a spicket, and in some cases refers solely to an outdoor tap.

9. Milk and ice cream blended drinks

Everywhere else: Milkshake

Bostoners have a wicked unique vocabulary, and their term for blended drinks made with milk and ice cream is no exception. Order a milkshake in Boston and you'll get a drink made of milk and syrup, but ask for a frappe to get the ice cream addition that constitutes a traditional milkshake everywhere else. (Frappucinos, while related, are from Seattle, and by Seattle, we mean Starbucks.)

10. Bell peppers

Everywhere else: Green bell peppers

It might be obvious to some of us that one is a fruit and the other is a vegetable, but that's not the case everywhere. In the Midwest, mangoes can also mean green bell peppers.

11. Sofas

Midwest: Davenport or couch

Upstate New York: Davenport

Sofas and couches are commonly mixed up, but there's a third player in the game: Davenports. Davenports aren't just sofas, though they tend to fold out in beds.

12. Foldover wallet

Do you keep your money in a wallet or a billfold? You'll find more Southerners saying billfold than anyone else in the country. Billfolds have a simple design that folds over, and their lack of pockets makes them less popular among women than men.

13. Peach seed

Everywhere except the Northeast: Seed

The seed of a peach is commonly called a pit in northern states, a kernel in states along the Gulf of Mexico and a seed everywhere else. Though we're all referring to the same thing, peaches actually have both a pit and a seed, which is inside the pit. The pit protects the seed until conditions are right for it to start growing.

14. Candy pops

In the Northeast: Lollipop

Southerners and Midwesterners use the word "sucker" interchangeably with "lollipop," but there is a difference in the two. Lollipops refer to candy that is disc-shaped, while suckers denote a sphere. We don't mind, we'll take one of each.

15. Rubber-soled athletic shoes

Everywhere Else: Tennis shoes

The rubber-soled shoes that are made for walking? We all call them sneakers, though the term is concentrated in the Northeast. "Tennis shoes" is more common throughout the rest of the country, except for parts of Florida. The "sneak" part of the word comes from the fact that the first sneakers were noiseless.

16. Bugs that light up

East Coast: Lightning bugs

Most people on the Eastern seaboard through Appalachia call the insects whose rear ends light up in the summer lightning bugs, while those on the West Coast use firefly. Either way, the bugs get their name for the way they attract mates or prey.


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