Have you ever had a conversation with someone that didn’t grow up near you only to find they have no idea what you’re talking about? It’s no real surprise, as dialects often throw up different words for things (I’m sure you’ve heard the age old argument about what a bread roll is called) but what surprised me was how different words were only an hour away from where I grew up, I didn’t think we had a dialect!
Don’t ask me why we were talking about them, but when a friend and I were talking about demountable classrooms my husband just looked at us blankly. Surely everyone knows what a demountable is? Growing up in Essex this is what we called portable classrooms – Essex-ites out there please say you’re with me on this? Anyway, after a quick google image search for said demountable we established that in Surrey they just called it a portable classroom!
Anyway, it got me thinking what other words we use that might be different depending on the region you live in, let us know in the comments below if you have noticed you say something different to everyone else you know. I’ll start you off with a couple I’ve discovered:
Poor old hubby had no idea what I was talking about again – trousers that are too short, obviously! (Apparently in Surrey they are ankle-swingers.)
Now it was my turn to look puzzled, I’d never heard of such a thing – a non-uniform day apparently.