18 Things You Can Call It Whatever You Want


Someone called them “airplane bottles”.

Other Names: Pop or coke.

This one’s a doozy, so there is a whole map that breaks down the soda debate.

Other Names: Shopping cart, buggy, or carriage.

Carriage is used mostly by people in the Northeast and buggy in the South and Midwest.

Other Names: Lightning bugs, firebugs, glowworms, or June bugs.

Other Names: Hoagie, submarine, hero, or po boy.

Other Names: Ponytail holder, hair band, elastic, bobble, or rubber band.

Other Names: Water fountain or bubbler.

You’ll hear the word bubbler most often in Wisconsin and Rhode Island.

Other Names: Sucker

Lollipop appears mostly in the Northeast, while sucker is more of a term in the South and Midwest.

Other Names: Frappe

This one’s for you, New England.

Other Names: Traffic circle or rotary.

Northeasterners use rotary most often.

Other Names: Tennis shoes

Tennis shoes is commonly used across most of the U.S.

Specifically for the end piece of a loaf of bread.

Other Names: Heel, end, or butt.

Heel is used most commonly throughout the U.S.

Other Names: Jimmies

Jimmies is a colorful term mostly used by those in New England.

Other Names: Carry-in dinner

Midwestern states including Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan call it a carry-in dinner rather than a potluck.

Other Names: Icing

Frosting and icing are used interchangeably by many.

Other Names: Crayfish or crawdad.

Crayfish is the word of choice for Northerners while crawdad is typically used in parts of the Midwest.

Other Names: August fly

Parts of the Midwest and Northeast tend to use August fly because the creatures make so much noise in the month of August.

Other Names: Tractor trailer or eighteen-wheeler


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