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#51 EricaG

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    Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:46 AM

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    OMG ErinB, WAY too funny! I am going to attempt to use "What in tarnation are you doing?" here at work today. See what kind of result I get with that!

    I call it a "remote" but my FI calls it a "commander". He is from Calgary so maybe that is how they say it out there? Can anyone confirm?
    I am from Alberta and never heard of the remote being called a commander. Not sure where that came from.

    How did the day go at work saying "What in tarnation are you doing?"

    I am not totally sure what tarnation means either Erin but I have heard that growing up. Not really sure who said that, but I know that I have heard that before. It was almost like a deja vu when I read it!!!! LMAO
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    #52 *Casey*

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      Posted 09 September 2008 - 09:50 AM

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      I am from Alberta and never heard of the remote being called a commander. Not sure where that came from.

      How did the day go at work saying "What in tarnation are you doing?"

      I am not totally sure what tarnation means either Erin but I have heard that growing up. Not really sure who said that, but I know that I have heard that before. It was almost like a deja vu when I read it!!!! LMAO
      We call the remote control the "clicker".

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        Posted 09 September 2008 - 10:05 AM

        Yes I am certain 'commander' is just something his family says. Or maybe just him, since I have never heard his family members say it. So strange.

        So I attempted useage like this...walk into boardroom "what in tarnation happened in here?" as it looked like a paper bomb exploded. Surprisingly, noone commented on the tarnation, just mentioned that they were trying to get some stuff organized and they would clean it up before the 4pm meeting.

        You know when you don't hear something forever, or have never heard it before, and then all of the sudden you hear it two times in one day? Last week both times on the same day, my boss, and then the concierge in my condo building both said "That's the biz sweetheart". I don't even know what that means. I am assuming to extent that, tough luck, or something. So confusing though.

        #54 ErinB

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          Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:10 AM

          Funniest remote control story ever!

          My uncle loves home imporvent projects and wood. He is always building something! it's become a running joke.

          Well, he got tired of always losing the remotes. Because, you know, that there simply cannot be one remote for all devices. You need one to turn on the TV, cable, audio, DVD/VCR, etc.

          So, Uncle Roy comes up with the solution. It involves a plank of oak and some electrical tape. He affixed one remote to each end of the board on each side, for a total of 4 clickers on this giant plank.

          It's kinda hard to lose a 3 foot, 10 pound piece of lumber in the couch cushions. I will say that it did solve the problem, just in a very inconventional way. Instead of calling it a remote it's "the Wood". Can you pass me the Wood. At which we all giggle because we're immature like that.

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            Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:47 AM

            Erin, that's so funny! Most of these words reminded me of the old cartoons, like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. "Tarnation", "Hells Bells", "Dag nabbit". Although I have to say that I never heard "shit fire" before and like it alot. Hahhaahaha, I am going to have to remember that one...

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            Our remote is the clicker.

            I think I might be a little crazy, but my friends and I tend to name inanimate objects (cars, furniture, etc...) So, we call the remote "clicky". As in "What did you do with Clicky? I can't believe you lost him again!"

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            I also love regional cuss words! Some of the ones you hear around here are even funnier because of the accent. Most of these are from older people, but I can't help but giggle every time!

            My favorites are "Shit Fire!" courtesy of BM's grandma "Well Hell's Bells!" and "Tarnation!" I don't know what tar-nation is but her typical usage is "what in tarnation is goin' on over there?" Oh, and Dag-Nabbit. I'm sure they are all ways of not saying GD.

            She also always said "Icebox" or "Frigidaire" instead of fridge or refrigerator
            That IS the funniest remote story ever! hahahahahaaaaa
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            Funniest remote control story ever!

            My uncle loves home imporvent projects and wood. He is always building something! it's become a running joke.

            Well, he got tired of always losing the remotes. Because, you know, that there simply cannot be one remote for all devices. You need one to turn on the TV, cable, audio, DVD/VCR, etc.

            So, Uncle Roy comes up with the solution. It involves a plank of oak and some electrical tape. He affixed one remote to each end of the board on each side, for a total of 4 clickers on this giant plank.

            It's kinda hard to lose a 3 foot, 10 pound piece of lumber in the couch cushions. I will say that it did solve the problem, just in a very inconventional way. Instead of calling it a remote it's "the Wood". Can you pass me the Wood. At which we all giggle because we're immature like that.


            #56 *Casey*

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              Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:50 AM

              Quote:
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              Funniest remote control story ever!

              My uncle loves home imporvent projects and wood. He is always building something! it's become a running joke.

              Well, he got tired of always losing the remotes. Because, you know, that there simply cannot be one remote for all devices. You need one to turn on the TV, cable, audio, DVD/VCR, etc.

              So, Uncle Roy comes up with the solution. It involves a plank of oak and some electrical tape. He affixed one remote to each end of the board on each side, for a total of 4 clickers on this giant plank.

              It's kinda hard to lose a 3 foot, 10 pound piece of lumber in the couch cushions. I will say that it did solve the problem, just in a very inconventional way. Instead of calling it a remote it's "the Wood". Can you pass me the Wood. At which we all giggle because we're immature like that.
              I would crack up too! I did an invention convention thing in elementary school to help with the missing remotes problem. I wrapped one end of a giant elastic band around the remote and the other end I stapled it to a pocket holder that hooked on to the couch. Talk about tacky and an eye sore. My mom decided to acutaly adopt this product for our house. A little embarrassing, but hey, it certainly worked.

              #57 ACDCDCAC

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              Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:57 AM

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              I have always heard/said it as one fluid word. Here they break it down into two distinct syllables with emphasis on the "ass"
              i've only ever heard it pronounced like "terriss", all as one fluid sound.
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              Originally Posted by LC_Rachel
              The pop vs soda debacle I hear a lot. Oregonians say pop more often than soda- at least I think.
              i've always said pop until i met doug, born and bred in WA, and he and his family call it soda. so now i do too. my grama, from tennessee, always calls it sodapop.
              And Abbie- in my linguistics class they talked about the PNW having our own dialect as well. Most regions do. But anyways, she talked about words we say differently and I was like "we do? No one else says it like that?" I can't remember her examples now, but there were some!
              oh rach, i wish you could remember :) i swear we dont sound like anything
              Okay, I am from Jersey, and when I went to school in WV, I found out there are a lot of things that are purely Jersey... especially Italian foods and things of that nature... we say cawfee and dawg, and a drawer is a draw... Now, for foods... I worked in an Italian restaurant and even if you are not Italian you have to say them right... mozzerella is "Mut-sa-rell", Manicotti is "man-a-gut", Calamari is "colamad" (sounds like that), ricotta is "ra-gut".... omg, these look so funny spelled out, but I kid you not, some things if you say them how they are spelled, people think it's weird...This is too funny! Now I keep thinking of things!!

              Best one "Jeet yet? No jew?" lol
              yay! sopranos! sorry, but thats the only personal experience i have with a jersey accent, and i love it. doug and i always call snacks "gabagu" cause tony is always muching on the cold-cuts (capiacola), like he'll say, i'm hungry, so i say, you want i should make some gabagu? even if its just chips or an apple. :) love it :)
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              haha, my dad used to always say that:
              "jeet yet? no jew? skeweet"
              the last one being the hardest to understand it means "lets go eat"
              ah haaa. skeweet :)
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              Originally Posted by FutureMrsRust
              Now, I grew up with a Grandmother (we call her Oma) who has an extremely strong German accent...so many of the words I say are incorrect because I learned them from her...but that isn't local...that is just me.
              Like I say stereo like Cheerio haha.
              my grama has a really strong german accent too, she always says things like "the K-Markt" or "birtday" instead of birthday, that us grandkids always grew up saying.
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              To quote Francis McDormand, oh Yah, sure!
              we ate at a denny's in fargo on our drive to chicago last christmas, we couldnt stop giggling cause our server looked and sounded just like her :) we didnt laugh when she was in front of us, but after she walked away. we couldnt help but talk like that all night afterwards.
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              What do you call the remote control?
              "thingy-thing", but of course this gets used for lots of things that we are too lazy to remember the correct word for, like "will you hand me the thingy-thing?"
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              Originally Posted by kacie3344
              I actually just had this convo with some guys in the office. In the south we call salsa, "hot sauce", but up here "hot sauce" refers to Tabasco. Hmmmm... it's all hot to me
              Instead of calling it a remote it's "the Wood". Can you pass me the Wood. At which we all giggle because we're immature like that.
              erin that cracks me up :)

              #58 boscobel

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                Posted 09 September 2008 - 12:07 PM

                I've been trying to think of local sayings since this thread started, but I am not just great at remembering things! So I will say some things that I have noticed...

                - I say "sos-auge" and my husband says "sauce-age" for sausage.
                - I have a friend who calls all the days, dees. Like it's "Tuesdee"
                - I call things a "hot mess" all the time and people think it's funny. Although I've heard lots of people say that before, mostly from where I grew up in Philly though.
                - People say "wooder" instead of "water"
                - Or "tail" instead of "towel"
                - We say "hoagie" and other places say "submarine"
                - We say "jimmies" and other places say "sprinkles"


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                Posted 09 September 2008 - 12:11 PM

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                I've been trying to think of local sayings since this thread started, but I am not just great at remembering things!
                plus, its hard to think of words/saying that other people think or say differently from you, when the way YOU say them is normal to you, kwim?

                #60 FutureMrsLewis

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                  Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:54 AM

                  FI saw this thread and had a few of his own to add, after his fit of laughter remembering them all lol He had a teacher in High School who was from Hermitage (pronounced kinda like Heritage, but like "hermit" at the front, kwim?), and his teacher pronounced it her-mite-age, he also said "Snickerboots" instead of sneakers (we always called them "joggers"), and he said "Chacken burgers" (chicken burgers) and the province of Manitoba instantly became "Man-ma-toba". Instead of getting a cold and being "sick", you were "psych", and whenever anyone asked about his two sons, "Das Jonatin(Johnathan), das Jusin (Justin), and I'm Jizus (Jesus)" Oh, and if anyone is from the capital city, St. John's, they're from "Town" or they're a "Townie". Everyone else is a bay-whop, and where I came from, if you weren't from Port-aux-Basques, the major centre for the SW coast, then you were a "Coaster". And FI and his parents are always saying "bif" and it CRACKS me up! Like "I'm soon gonna bif dis out da window!"




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