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11 Oct 02

i call high hosey on this post!

i’ve been doing this dialect survey this afternoon (don’t even think about it unless you’ve got some time to kill – it’s long). i find it interesting…and i like this question best:
77. What do you call the activity of driving around in circles in a car?
a) doing donuts
b) doing cookies
c) whipping shitties

does anyone really say whipping shitties? if so, i want to meet you.

this is a good one too:
80. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
a) sunshower
b) the wolf is giving birth
c) the devil is beating his wife
d) monkey’s wedding
e) fox’s wedding
f) pineapple rain
g) liquid sun

my answer of sunshower is really quite boring compared to some of the other options, huh?

118. What do you call a drive-through liquor store?
a) brew thru
b) party barn
c) bootlegger
d) beer barn
e) beverage barn
f) we have these in my area, but we have no special term for them
g) I have never heard of such a thing

good lord! do americans really have those?

one final one:
120. What do you say when you want to lay claim to the front seat of a car?
a) dibs
b) shotgun
c) hosey
d) high hosey

i’m SO gonna start calling high hosey.

currently spinning: hot hot heat – fashion fight pause

4 Responses to “i call high hosey on this post!”

  1. 1
    Todd Hunter Says:

    Bit late, I realize, but I hope to offer one American perspective. Never before heard any of the choices on seventy-seven. While in high school, I think, I read that “monkey’s wedding” was the proper term for simultaneous rainfall and sunshine, yet although familiar with the word “sunshower,” I did not relate it to the phenomenon. There may be a drive-through liquor store somewhere in any of the states where I have lived, but none of these names is familiar to me.

  2. 2
    Tim Hosey Says:

    Interesting question on 120. I was looking and it seems that in Virginia .2% pop use hight hosey or this is what the dialect site I had seen said. The interesting part is that Hosey is a surname that can be traced into Virginia and West Virginia.

  3. 3
    Marc Hosey Says:

    I am not sure what the topic is, “hight hosey”, just wanted to comment that my family is from West Virginia, they now live in Ohio, I am living in south Ga.

  4. 4
    Dave L Says:

    I lived in southern Minnesota and we always called it whipping shitties. Basically you wait till there’s a lot of snow and ice on the ground, wait for Wal-Mart to close and the parking lot to empty out. Then you drive out into the middle of the parking lot, set the hand brake, crank the wheel of the car/truck all the way to one side, rev the car/truck to like 4000 RPMs, and release the hand brake.

    You could also do it on frozen-over lakes.

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