Reader Wendy Low responded to a recent post on dialects with this excellent suggestion:
I was taught by my downstate mother that I should not take on the harsh short A of Western New York; I was to mimic Uncle Walter (Cronkite). It always comes as a surprise to find out that my preferred phrasing and word choices are regionalisms: "down cellar" instead of "down in the cellar" or "dove" (long o) instead of "dived." Richard, I'd love it if you ran an interactive feature: nominate your regional word, idiom or phrasing to go global. Get people to nominate their favorites and then have a vote on which ones would most contribute new meanings or liven up the lingo!So let's try it. Regardless of where you live in the world or which variety of English you speak, send us your favorite regionalism--that is, a distinctive word, expression, or pronunciation favored by English speakers in your area.
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