I moved to Georgia from central Illinois in 1996. Yesterday I mentioned that the carts used to put groceries in in the south are called buggies. I also learned they call them buggies in Pennsylvania. In Illinois we always called them either carts or shopping carts. I discovered several words and phrases like that. It was almost like learning a new language. Some examples:
Ill. To me it meant you were sick. Here it means you are mad.
Carry. To pick up or tote. Here, to take someone somewhere, as in I will carry you to the grocery store.
What I call a fork lift is called a hyster here. I was talking about this to a manager i had at K Mart and he told me he was from Ohio and they called them tow motors there.
The accent can also make it hard to understand sometimes. At one point I was the manager of the hardware and automotive departments at K Mart. I had a customer ask me where my falls where. I had him repeat it and I swear what I heard was falls. He looked at me like I was an idiot and finally said, "you know, your falls, like you sharpen a chain saw with."
I said "Oh, you mean files." Even after living here 12 years I still have a little problem with that, but not too much.
I am taking a break from the Wal-Mart cards for today. I went to Dalton and bought my new comics today. I stopped at a Wal-Mart there to pick up a few groceries, and while I was there I bought 3 packs of Topps Heritage cards. Heritage card take the designs of old Topps sets and put modern players on them. This years set is based on 1959 Topps. There are 8 cards in a pack. I got one pack with only 7 cards. Shorted? Not Quite. Inside was this Bob Gibson card, which contains a piece of a seat from Sportsman Park, where the Cardinals played in until the mid '60's. This is the second card I have from an old stadium. I also have a Willie Mays card with a piece of a seat from the Polo Grounds .