Post # 1
Just curious what you all call it when you get a little something under your skin (for example, you are handling lumber and a tiny piece of wood gets lodged in the skin of your finger).
I call this a splinter but everyone around me calls it a sliver. I’m wondering if I’m the only one who says splinter?
Post # 3
Did you grow up in a different region than you currently live?
Post # 4
Born and raised in the Midwest. Could be a regional thing?
I also call little fountains you drink from bubblers. Although I accept drinking fountains as an alternative. Water fountains are decorative items, in my opinion. It’s also really fun to travel and ask people where the bubbler is, because they get sooooo confused!
Post # 5
In my weird lexicon, the ones that are slightly protruding and you can just pull out by yourself are splinters and the ones that you need to dig for with a needle are slivers.
Post # 6
Splinter and I’ve never heard anyone call it a sliver.
Post # 7
jayquellen : To me, a bubbler is a bong. So you would definitely get some fun responses in my old neigborhood!
Post # 8
Sliver (western canadian bee).
Master Splinter is a rat that trains turtles and likes pizza.
Post # 9
xiexie : Agreed. Ha. A TINY little one that I really have to dig for is a sliver to me, and anything that I can just pull out with my fingernails is a splinter.
Post # 10
I’ve never ever heard it called sliver
Post # 11
I think I say both interchangeably, actually! (Rocky Mountains, USA)
Post # 12
I say both! I never even really thought about how there were two words for that lol. I’m in Michigan.
Post # 13
lovelyruby : or your parents, OP. I definitely have some strange vocab from my parents. Lol. (Apparently no one else calls a cross walk a zebra walk? Possible that’s just my mom though and not even a product of where she learned english lol!)
My housemate at one point was a linguist and apparently you can actually guess pretty well where someone is from based on the words they use. Like kitty corner vs catty corner tells the linguist SE vs NW USA, then splinter vs sliver would further narrow it down, etc etc.. Then of course there are even more subtle things like how you pronounce certain words. There are actually computers that can listen to recordings and figure out where the person most likely is from. Not shocking I suppose, if you think about what all computers can do, but still cool!
Post # 14
jayquellen : hahaha yessss! People get so confused at bubbler. I hate water fountain but will say drinking fountain.
I also say TYME machine for ATM but that might be because of my parents.
boogiewoogies : I use both interchangeably. I’m from the Midwest.
Post # 15
lovelyruby : I grew up in California but my family is from the Midwest.