Re: [YAEUT] Lexical variation survey
|From:||Peter Collier <petecollier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 4, 2008, 22:17|
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From: "Kelly Drinkwater" <mizunomi@...>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 6:41 PM
Subject: [YAEUT] Lexical variation survey
> Date of birth:1974
> Where do you currently live? (city, state/province, country)Worcestershire, UK
> Please list the places you've lived between age 4 and age 18, with the
> most recent first:Worcestershire UK, Birmingham UK
> Occupation:"Internal Sales Supervisor" & Translator
> Highest level of education completed:BA (Hons)
> Ethnic heritage:English
> What is/are your native language(s)?English (specifically British English, Even more Specifically
> Roughly how many years have you been conlanging or studying linguistics?15 Years
> How many years ago did you first encounter / begin reading (not
> necessarily join / begin posting on) an online conlanging community?Cannot recall. 4-5 years ago maybe?
> For each of the following items, please choose which word you use most
> often, or put the word you do use if it's not a choice. Feel free to
> leave comments if some aspect of your usage is noteworthy (eg if you
> 1. the metal device over a sink or bathtub that controls the flow of
> faucet, spigot, tap'Tap'
> 2. the apparatus from which you'd get a drink of water in a public place:
> bubbler, drinking fountain, water fountainI know what these are, and I've come across a few, but they are very few and
far between over here. First thing that usually springs to mind when I do
see one is "ah, one of those American drinking fountain things' - 'drinking
fountain' being the American term used when I first saw one (in a US film) -
there isn't really a BE term I know of, on account of there not being any
when/where I grew up.
> 3. the device that firefighters attach their hoses to:
> fire hydrant, fire plugJust 'Hydrant'. (NB - this term to me is un underground tap the firemen
access via a small (approx 6" square) metal flap in the ground, by extension
I occasionally use the term in reference to the metal flap itself. I also
use the term "fire hydrant" - but only to refer to the American thing that
is installed permanently above ground which you are not allowed to park next
> 4. the container in which you'd put water for washing the car or the
> bucket, pail'bucket'
> 5. a machine that performs banking services:
> ATM, automated teller, bank machine, cash machine, cash point,
> guichet, hole in the wall, money machine, commercial name (eg MAC
> machine, Instant Teller, Instabank)'cash point'/'cash machine', both terms equally and interchangeably. A free
standing unit however (as ooposed to a hole-in-the-wall type affair) is more
likely to be 'cash machine', although it could be a 'cash point' too
> 6. stuff you throw away:
> garbage, rubbish, trash'rubbish'
> 7. the wheeled conveyance you put your groceries in while shopping:
> basket, buggy, cart, trolley'(shopping) trolley'
> 8. a shallow pan for frying eggs or meat:
> fry pan, frying pan, griddle, skillet, spider'frying pan'
> 9. a piece of chocolate, 4-6 inches long:
> bar, candy bar, chocolate barDistal: 'bar of chocolate' (e.g. 'If you're going to the shop, could you get
me a bar of chocolate?'). Proximal "chocolate" (e.g. 'What have you got
there?' 'Some chocholate'). Generally, it might also be referred to as
> 10. a carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage, like Coke or Sprite:
> coke, cola, cold drink, fizzy drink, pop, soda, soda pop, soft drink,
> tonic'(fizzy) pop' as a general term, or when being specific the actual brand
name of the product, or 'coke' (for coke, pepsi or any similar) /
'______ade' (e.g. lemonade, orangeade, cherryade, raspberryade etc)
> 11. cooking outside over a charcoal grill in the summertime:
> barbecuing, grilling, grilling out, having a cookout'(having a) barbecue'
> 12. a cold sandwich on a foot-long roll:
> sub(marine), hero, hoagie, grinderA recent American import here, and very welcome! In the context of the
American style sandwich, purchased from Subway/Quiznos, I'd say 'sub'. When
growing up in pre-subway days, a long thin sandwich would be a 'roll'
(implies a soft crust, 4" - 6" long), 'baguette' (implies a crusty crust, 6"
or longer) or even just 'sandwich'.
> 13. the sweet, creamy layer on top of a cake:
> frosting, icing'icing'
> 14. your main evening meal:
> dinner, supper'dinner' (hot and later evening) or 'tea' (hot and early evening, or cold
> 15. food picked up and taken home to eat:
> carry-out, take-away, take-outgenerally 'take-away', but it is usually referred to specifically by the
type, e.g. 'fish and chips', '(an) Indian' '(a) Chinese' etc
> 16. an appliance on which you heat food in saucepans:
> cooker, range, stove'cooker' / 'oven'
> 17. knives, forks, and spoons:
> cutlery, flatware, silverware, utensils'cutlery'
> 18. contact someone by telephone:
> call, phone, ring, telephone, buzz'call' or 'phone' - pretty much equally and interchangeably. Ocasionally
also 'give someone a bell' (e.g. 'I'll give you a bell later to sort out the
details''). This last term is only used very colloquially and feels like a
Birmingham term to me - I certainly don't tend to use it with anyone not
from that area.
> 19. the toilet facilities in a public place:
> bathroom, facilities, ladies' room / men's room, lavatory, loo,
> restroom, toilet, washroom, WC, john'toilets'
> 20. athletic shoes worn with jeans as casual footwear:
> gym shoes, plimsolls, runners, running shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes,
> trainers, brand name (eg Adidas)'trainers'
> 21. a sweatshirt with front pockets and a hood:
> hooded sweatshirt, hoodie, kangaroo jacket, bunnyhugPreviously just 'sweatshirt' whether or not it had a hood. In the last 18
months/2 years the term 'hoodie' has started to come into use though too,
but with very negative connotations (being the garment of choice for young
muggers and the like).
> 22. a piece of furniture that seats 3 people:
> couch, chesterfield, davenport, divan, settee, sofaAs a child 'settee'. Since being married 'couch', this being the term used
by my American wife and now also my kids.
> 23. a piece of furniture with drawers for socks, underwear, etc.:
> bureau, chest (of drawers), drawers, dresser, highboy'chest of drawers'. As a kid, I always misheard/reproduced the term as
'Chester drawers', thinking it must be something to do with the town of
> 24. the last letter of the alphabet:
> zed, zee'zed'
> 25. the place where you pay for something in a store:
> cash, cash register, cashier, check-out, tillIn a supermarket, with conveyor belt etc: 'checkout'. In any store either
'counter' or 'till'