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12:04 pm - Regional dialect
People are doing various versions of that 'regional dialect' meme. Here are some of my answers:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?: WTF? Apparently this is something that they do in America for a joke. Who knew? Doesn't it go all soggy when it rains?

What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?: Woodlouse. English ones don't curl up as tightly as US ones.

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?: fizzy drink

What do you call gym shoes?: pumps

What do you say to address a group of people?: Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure. And I hope it always will. (copyright, The Two Ronnies, 1973)

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?: Harvestman. A Daddy Long Legs is a kind of fly.

What do you call your grandparents?: Nanny and Grandad

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?: Trolley

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?: 'Hey look! A rainbow!'

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?: Clicker

Main seating furniture in the living room? Settee

Long bread roll that they make a sandwich out of: French bread, or if feeling posh 'a baguette'

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From:communicator
Date:January 17th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Interesting that all over the world a sunshower is nicknamed the marriage of the trickster animal. So I suppose in England it ought to be a fox's wedding.
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From:pennski
Date:January 17th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
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In Hawaii they called it "liquid sunshine" when it rained. Which was not at all true but very encouraging.

And as for gym shoes, let me say "Daps!" and The Doctor calls them daps too!
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From:communicator
Date:January 17th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Do you have Welsh background? I always think of daps as a Welsh word.
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From:pennski
Date:January 18th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Aha yes! My Mum's parents were both Welsh and we grew up just outside Bristol where daps was used as a word in primary school.
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From:liliha
Date:January 17th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?: Rolling the yard! Popular among American teams -- and fans of the team who recently won the College (American) football championshi.p

What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?: Roly Poly

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?: Soda, or coke

What do you call gym shoes?: You said "Pumps." For us, "pumps" are women's dress shoes. I call them "tennis shoes" but my girlfriend, who is from NY, laughs at me and calls them "sneakers."

What do you say to address a group of people?: Y'all -- I'm from Alabama!

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?: Daddy longlegs

What do you call your grandparents?: Grandmother/Grandaddy; Nano and Popo

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?: Grocery basket

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?: Was told by my mother's mother (who is from rural Alabama) that it means "the devil is beating his wife." Seriously WTF.

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?: Remote control, or clicker for short.

Main seating furniture in the living room? Sofa or Couch

Long bread roll that they make a sandwich out of: French bread? Or maybe they are referring to a sub sandwich, which has many different names in the U.S.
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From:communicator
Date:January 17th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the question is about second person plural. I thought it was about some sort of way of addressing a public meeting.

We also called pumps 'plimsolls' when I was at school.
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From:vilakins
Date:January 17th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
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A clicker! I love it!

This is a slightly different one to the one I just did which had a weird question about boulevards.
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From:communicator
Date:January 17th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Clicker might just be a family thing. I left out the boulevards because I didn't want too many questions that were just me saying 'I don't get it' Perhaps they mean the pavements?
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From:vilakins
Date:January 17th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
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We now think they mean the central strip in a multi-lane road, which is a median strip here.
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From:steverogerson
Date:January 17th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I call the fizzy drink "pop" and a settee a "couch". And I don't make sandwiches out of French bread - wrong shape. French bread is just good for something to eat with the meal or to make garlic bread out of.
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From:communicator
Date:January 17th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
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The kind of sandwich they call a 'sub'. I want to get away from calling it that. Let's stick with good old British French Bread.
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From:storme
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
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The version I've seen of this involves a voice post, and adds to it a whole list of words which are pronounced fairly differently across the english-speaking lands.
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From:storme
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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(those words being: aunt, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, new orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, and caught.

The spelling and choices are very skewed towards american words, yes.)
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From:communicator
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
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I did see that, but I'm not sure how I'd even go about doing a sound post. Yes, I am sadly ignorant about technology.
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From:archbishopm
Date:January 18th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
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What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

Beer.
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From:archbishopm
Date:January 18th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
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(oops, replied in wrong place)
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From:communicator
Date:January 18th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
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the question would be 'what do you call the warm brown drink?' and that would be either tea or beer

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