I got this through Elizabeth Bear.
WHAT DO YOU CALL:
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks?
A stream or a creek. (“Crick” is old-timey Greenville.)
2. What the thing you push around the grocery store?
A grocery cart.
3. A metal container to carry a meal in?
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in?
A frying pan.
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people?
A sofa if it’s the good one in the living room; a couch anywhere else.
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof?
A gutter or a pipe, depending on which part of the assembly we’re talking about.
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening?
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages?
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup?
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach?
12. Shoes worn for sports?
13. Putting a room in order?
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark?
Lightning bug or firefly. (Lightning bug just sounds friendlier, doesn’t it? Firefly is so formal. If Josh Whedon’s show had been called Lightning Bug, it would’ve had higher ratings!)
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball?
Pillbug! Also, kids called them roly-polies.
16. The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? Seesaws are the big ones on playgrounds. Teeter-totters are the little ones you might have at home.
17. How do you eat your pizza?
With my fingers, preferably off a paper towel instead of a plate. And by the way, it should be cut in wedges unless it’s from Marion’s Piazza. Donato’s Pizza is just a cruel, cruel game.
18. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
19. What’s the evening meal?
Dinner usually, but supper sometimes.
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
The basement. It’s only a cellar if it’s entered from outside the house.
21. The shoes with two straps you wear at the beach?
Sandals, then thongs, and now flip-flops.
22. A machine you can drink water from?
23. Wash or warsh? Washington or Warshington, D.C.?
Both, of course.
Dayton, Ohio. Where dialects meet, and we steal from ‘em all.