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    Default In your area what do you call your food?

    I had a funny discussion at work and we got talking about foods. I said I'd like to get some hotcakes and a biscuit for breakfast one morning and the folks there thought I had three heads for saying "hotcake" instead of pancakes. Which leads me to what this post it. What are the regional names for everyday foods in your area? I'm from the North Eastern part of the US, if helps you figure out where I got these names at.

    Examples would be,
    For a long sandwitch- Hoagie, grinder, hero
    Fluffernutter
    Pancakes- hotcakes, hoecakes
    Soda- Soda, pop, etc
    Succotash
    Jimmies
    Goulash

    Sorry most of these are American terms, but I'm curious as to what the world calls these items as well or any other foods.
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    Where are you from? I'm gonna guess the midwest like Indiana or something because you said "pop" for soda. Just a hunch.
    In Tennessee, we say "coke" for all sodas. It sounds dumb because, unless it's actually Coke, it doesn't really make sense, haha.
    The only other one you mentioned that I noticed was different was that we call all long sandwiches "subs," even if they technically aren't.
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    I know a lot of place call it Italian Ice, but on the east coast we call it Water Ice

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    I call bacon "rashers" sometimes
    I call potato chips "crisps"
    I call french fries "chips"
    I call chips "chips"
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    The most prominent example where I live is calling every iced drink imaginable "smoothies"
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    Food I guess. But in my kitchen I just add hot sauce and parmesan cheese and I then proceed to call it delicious.
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    When I was a child,I called calimari "circle fries" because that was the only way for my parents to get me to eat them.

    And also due to the amount I have to get food at Subway,I called most sandwiches "subs",even on complete accident.

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    From Canada here, not much on different names as we usually go for brand names and call it that, as for recipes poutine, heart stopping poutine, nuff said.
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    I don't really call food anything different, but what Shinehollow has is pretty much all the different things.

    Also, ever since I got a fry package that said 'Fired Potatoes Skin on Restaurant Style with Seasoning', I've been calling fries that.
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    Long sandwitch - Sub
    Fluffernutter - Peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich (yeah, maybe we're just not that creative)
    Pancakes - Pancakes, sometimes flapjacks
    Soda - Soda, pop
    Succotash - (chipped corn an lima beans?) sorry, that doesn't sound edible
    Jimmies - sprinkles, confetti
    Goulash - Goulash
    Italian Ice - Italian Ice
    Streaky Bacon - Bacon
    Potato chips - chips
    French fries - fries, chips
    Molasses - molasses
    Calamari - calamari
    Poutine - fries and gravy
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    USA compared to Australia

    Long sandwich = roll ("Subway roll" is not unusual)
    French Fries = chips (sometimes "fries" if cut thinly)
    Crisp chips = chips
    Jello = Jelly
    Jelly = jam
    Soda/pop = soft drink or fizzy drink
    Candy = lolly/lollies
    Cookie = biscuit
    (Small) pancakes = pikelets
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    I live in the Midwest. It's pop. Always.
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    That reminds me, small pancakes are 'silver dollars'
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    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    That reminds me, small pancakes are 'silver dollars'
    That's weird. Pancakes aren't even silver coloured. XD I think there's also such a thing as dutch pancakes, which are really tiny.
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    Regular sandwich - sandwich.
    Long sandwich, with a sausage, for example - hot dog, or just sandwich if there's no meat.
    Potato chips - chips.
    French fries - chips.
    Hot chips - chips.
    Soda - soft drink / fizzy drink.
    Candy - lolly
    Any form of bacon - bacon.
    Pancakes - pancakes.
    Small pancakes - pikelets. (Spelling?)
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    In Virginia we don't really have names other than normal ones so bassically anything you cook or can eat without dying we call a meal.

    But we call...
    Candy- Lolipops
    French Fries: Fries, French Fries
    Potatoes: Potatas (if you are like in the south.)
    Long Sandwich: Sub

    Can't really think of what Virginians call our food besides what everyone on the east coast calls them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfwink View Post
    That's weird. Pancakes aren't even silver coloured. XD I think there's also such a thing as dutch pancakes, which are really tiny.
    I thought Dutch Pancakes were extra large pancakes with fruit in them. Though I can't remember my Dutch grandmother ever making pancakes at all. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by VampirateMace View Post
    I thought Dutch Pancakes were extra large pancakes with fruit in them. Though I can't remember my Dutch grandmother ever making pancakes at all. . .
    Come to think of it, I haven't seen too many French people making French fries either, so you may have a point.

    I can't really think of any odd food names from my region, as the western US is considered pretty normal as far as naming things goes. However, I've heard other people use some alternate food names that I found a bit unusual:

    Ketchup = catsup... usually more said by people than posted in a restaurant or something.
    Zucchini = courgette. Not sure where this originated.
    Powdered sugar = icing sugar. I guess that makes sense, as it's used to make icing, but... it's also a powder.
    Cookie = biscuit. Pretty sure this is a UK thing.

    Also, this is probably not so much a regional name issue and more of a mispronunciation/misspelling issue, but a lot of people and bakeries where I live confuse a macaron with a macaroon. The former is a round sandwich-cookie thing; the latter is a crumbly mound with lots of coconut flakes. Get it right, guys.
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    Long sandwich: HOAGIE!! never, ever call it a sub
    Soft drink: soda
    Italian ice: water ice
    Deep fried breakfast mystery meat: scrapple (and fyi its delicious)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jb View Post
    I know a lot of place call it Italian Ice, but on the east coast we call it Water Ice
    Slightly north of you, we call them ices (pronounced i-sees).

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightblind249 View Post
    Examples would be,
    For a long sandwitch- hero
    Fluffernutter- idk
    Pancakes- pancakes
    Soda- Soda
    Succotash- what?
    Jimmies- sprinkles
    Goulash- idk

    ever heard of some of those foods, tbh.

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    @Vernikova - Succotash is lima beans mixed with corn cooked in butter, or at least the way we do it.
    @ Kiruria -Zucchini we call sq-arsh (say the sq like squirrel and then say arsh like harsh at the same time is how you pronoun it) in my family for some odd reason squash some folks call it
    @grey wing -I'm not sure how anyone can stomach scrapple; because to me its like a hot dog mixed with sausage meat with a dash of insert random organs. But all the power to you if you can eat it; I do know a lot of people who it scapple with their breakfeast. Its just not for me..

    On a funny note I'm surprised more people haven't eating a fluffernutter (Marshmellow fluff and peanut butter on bread. Make it like you would a PPJ) as a kid I love those things, also peanut butter and honey make a good pair also.

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    From Canada here, not much on different names as we usually go for brand names and call it that, as for recipes poutine, heart stopping poutine, nuff said.
    We do something like that with sloppy joe and tater tots. Just throw the tots on the plate first then cover with the sloppy joe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightblind249 View Post
    @Vernikova - Succotash is lima beans mixed with corn cooked in butter, or at least the way we do it..
    Never heard of that.

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    Whatever Americans say lol xD
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    I think they call pancakes Hotcakes in Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vernikova View Post
    Slightly north of you, we call them ices (pronounced i-sees).
    We actually call these icees. we call the variants Slurpees which come from here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slurpee

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