Words And Phrases That New Jerseyans Don’t Get
Social media can be a treasure trove of things that we can identify with. A friend of mine shared an article the other day about things that don't make sense to many of us in New Jersey, and I could immediately identify with it on a few levels.
Regionalisms is one of my favorite topics to get into. Especially since there are so many idiosyncrasies here in The Garden State (in fact, we just talked about one of them, the wonderful jughandle, earlier this week).
But this list caught my eye for a different reason - I moved from Wisconsin to New Jersey at a young age. But I was just old enough to have adopted a number of Mid-Westernisms to confuse my new found NJ friends.
I'll never forget the first time I asked a teacher if I could go to "the bubbler" for a drink and everyone looked at me like I was nuts.
Of course, I very quickly learned that here in Jersey, we drink from "water fountains", not "bubblers".
Some of the entries on the list are definitely ones that make us locals shake our heads. For example, when was the last time you heard someone ask for a "pop" instead of a "soda" here in Jersey?
Although I do have to disagree with one. They include "beach" and say that most New Jerseyans say "the shore" not "the beach", but I'd say they're interchangeable.
You can check out the whole list by clicking here. Take a look and let us know what you'd add!