WHAT DO YOU CALL...
The basics: Born, raised, and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee.
A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: A creek
What the thing you push around the grocery store is called: A shopping cart
A metal container to carry a meal in: a lunchbox
The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: A skillet or frying pan.
The piece of furniture that seats three people: A couch.
The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: Gutter.
The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: The porch.
Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: Here's where you can tell I'm southern: Coke. Everything is coke here, unless you have to be more specific and request a particular brand of soda. "What kind of coke would you like?" Some old people say co'cola.
A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: Pancakes.
A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: A sub.
The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: Trunks (unless, God forbid, they're wearing a Speedo).
Shoes worn for sports: Tennis shoes.
Putting a room in order: Straightening up.
A flying insect that glows in the dark: Lightning bug.
The little insect that curls up into a ball: A roly-poly.
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: A see-saw (my mom says "teeter-totter," though, which I think is cute).
How do you eat your pizza? Pointy end first, then I eat the crusts of everyone else's plate.
What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? Yard sale.
What's the evening meal? Dinner. I've never much cared for the word "supper," and I never use "dinner" to refer to lunch.
The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are? Basement.
What word(s) do you use to address a group of two or more people? You or y'all.
Would you say "Are you coming with?" as a full sentence, to mean "Are you coming with us?" No. I think that's annoying. Does it really take that much effort to say "us" or "me"?
Would you say "where are you at?" to mean "where are you?" No. NO!
Modals are words like "can," "could," "might," "ought to," and so on. Can you use more than one modal at a time? (e.g., "I might could do that" to mean "I might be able to do that"; or "I used to could do that" to mean "I used to be able to do that") Ha! "Might could" is quite common in these parts, but I don't use it. I avoid these by using "be able to" in place of "could."
Does saying something costs "A Buck Forty Eleven" count? I don't know what this means.
What do you call the area of grass between the sidewalk and the road? Uh, I don't know.
What do you call the area of grass that occurs in the middle of some streets? A median.
What do you call the long narrow place in the middle of a divided highway? The median.
What do you call the drink made with milk and ice cream? A milkshake.
What do you call the miniature lobster that one finds in lakes and streams for example (a crustacean of the family Astacidae)? A crawdad.
What do you call the kind of spider (or spider-like creature) that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?: Grandaddy longlegs.
What nicknames do/did you use for your maternal grandmother? Eh. My grandmother is weird and will only let us call her by her name, which is Fern. She says anything like "Grandma" or "Granny" reminds her of Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies.
What about your paternal grandmother (is there a distinction?) She died when I was two, but I called her Granny.
What do/did you call your maternal grandfather? Didn't know him.
Paternal grandfather? Didn't know him either.
What do you call the big clumps of dust that gather under furniture and in corners? Funk. Dust bunnies, if I'm feeling cutesy.
What term do you use to refer to something that is across both streets from you at an intersection (or diagonally across from you in general)? Catty-corner.
What do you call the activity of driving around in circles in a car? Doing donuts.
What do you call paper that has already been used for something or is otherwise imperfect? Scrap paper.
What is your *general* term for a big road that you drive relatively fast on? highway
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? I say, "It's raining, but the sun is shining."
When you are cold, and little points of skin begin to come on your arms and legs, you have: Goosebumps.
What do you call the gooey or dry matter that collects in the corners of your eyes, especially while you are sleeping? Eye boogers.
What do you call an easy course? Fluff.
What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle and you have to get off at a certain point? A roundabout.
What is the thing that women use to tie their hair? Usually 'that hair thing'. Ponytail holder, hair thingy, or an elastic.
Do you use the word cruller? Only when referring to crullers.
Do you use the term "bear claw" for a kind of pastry? I would use it if I ever ordered those. But I prefer the almighty cheese danish.
What do you call someone who is the opposite of pigeon-toed (i.e. when they walk their feet point outwards)? Duck-footed.
Can you call coleslaw "slaw"? Yes.
What do you call the box you bury a dead person in? Casket.
Do you say "vinegar and oil" or "oil and vinegar" for the type of salad dressing? Oil and vinegar.
What do you call it when a driver changes over one or more lanes way too quickly? I call it, "Being an ass."
When you stand outside with a long line of people waiting to get in somewhere, are you standing "in line" or "on line" (as in, "I stood ___ in the cold for two hours before they opened the doors")? IN line. To me, online means I'm on the internet.
Do you say "frosting" or "icing" for the sweet spread one puts on a cake? Frosting. I think of icing as more of a glaze.
What is "the City"? New York City.
What is the distinction between dinner and supper? I think of them as the same thing, but supper conjures up more of a country meal. With biscuits.
Do you cut or mow the lawn or grass? Cut the grass. Well, really I don't do either, but if I did, that's what I would call it.
Do you pass in homework or hand in homework? Turn in.
What do you call the insect that looks like a large thin spider and skitters along the top of water? I don't have a name for that.
What do you call the thing from which you might drink water in a school? Water fountain.
What do you call a public railway system (normally underground)? Something back-assward Nashville will never have.
What do you call the act of covering a house or area in front of a house with toilet paper? "Rolling" the house.
What do you call a traffic jam caused by drivers slowing down to look at an accident or other diversion on the side of the road? Rubbernecking.
What vowel do you use in bag? A, like in "cat"? I wasn't aware people used different vowels in random words.
What do you call the paper container in which you might bring home items you bought at the store? Bag.
What do you call the night before Halloween? Nothing.
What do you call the end of a loaf of bread? The heel.
What do you call a point that is purely academic, or that cannot be settled and isn't worth discussing further? A moot point. NOT "MUTE."
How do you pronounce the -sp- sequence in "thespian" I really don't understand how there could be more than one answer here.
What do you call a drive-through liquor store? We don't have those here.
What do you call food that you buy at a restaurant but then eat at home? Takeout or carry-out.
What do you say when you want to lay claim to the front seat of a car? I don't say anything.
What word do you use for gawking at someone in a lustful way? Ogling.
Do you say "expecially", or "especially"? Especially.
Long survey. Now, if y'all will excuse me, I'm fixin' to have a coke with my supper.