For fun: do you say "sliver" or "splinter"?

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Splinter. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Splinter.

Did you grow up in a different region than you currently live?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

Splinter.

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!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Splinter and I’ve never heard anyone call it a sliver. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

jayquellen :  To me, a bubbler is a bong.  So you would definitely get some fun responses in my old neigborhood!

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Busy Beekeeper

Sliver (western canadian bee). 

Master Splinter is a rat that trains turtles and likes pizza. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Busy bee

Splinter

I’ve never ever heard it called sliver

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think I say both interchangeably, actually! (Rocky Mountains, USA)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I say both! I never even really thought about how there were two words for that lol. I’m in Michigan.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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.

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