Our son has lived in New York (mostly Brooklyn) for nearly ten years, since leaving home (snurf) as a college freshman in 1999. One of the things I’ve noticed is that his vocabulary has shifted east a bit. For example, here in Seattle, a carbonated beverage in a can or bottle is called “pop;” now he calls it “soda,” because that’s what folks in the Big Apple say. I remember another friend from the east coast who called her tiny apartment an “efficiency,” rather than a “studio.” “Pocketbook” seems to be a more east coast term; “purse” is west coast. And when I’ve been in the south, I’ve had librarians ask if they can “make” a picture with me; we Yankees would say “take” a picture.
I recall a huge and lively discussion with a group of writers not too long ago about whether it’s “neener-neener boo-boo,” or “nanner-nanner boo-boo.” And let’s not get started on “kitty-corner,” vs. “catty-corner.”
I love these regional differences and am curious about others you may have noticed. Don’t be shy — share!