Wednesday, August 3, 2011
How do you say it in your neck of the woods?
~Do you drink soda or a pop?
~Do you sit on the couch, the sofa, or maybe even the Davenport?
~Do you put your insurance card in the glove box, the glove compartment, or the jockey box?
~Do you go snowmobiling, snow machining or out on sleds (and if you live in Wyoming you know I don't mean sleds as in the little things with runners, I mean actual motorized snow mobiles)?
~When the roads are slick, do you spin cookies, donuts, or brodies?
Depending upon where you live--or in my case, where I grew up--you say things in your very own way.
I drink pop. Never soda.
I sit on the couch. I use the glove box. I go snowmobiling or sledding, but not snow machining.
I only spin cookies, and when my husband says he's been spinning brodies, I look at him like he's an idiot. What the heck is a brodie? Only us Wyomingites know the proper way to describe the Friday-night-not-a-care-in-the-world-spinning-of-a-big-beefy-truck-phenomenon. Washingtonians don't have a clue.
Are you with me here? And do you ever think about this in your writing? I think you should. I'm not saying you need to use overly annoying cajun speak that your readers can't even understand, but I think you should try to be familiar with some of those terms the "locals" would use in your setting.
In my novel, Growing Up Gracie, Gracie and Quentin spend a lot of time "mudding" on back roads. My husband would certainly call this "four-bying," (but hey, he can write his own book if he wants to! hehe).
So, how do they say it in your neck of the woods? Use my examples or your own.
Posted by Maggie at 5:38 AM