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Regional differences for the names of things

What time is supper—I mean, dinner? When I lived in the Midwestern United States, I drank “soda pop,” wore “sneakers” and ate “supper.” Here in California, people don’t do that. They order a “soft drink,” wear “tennis shoes” and cook “dinner” instead. Watch this video by Mental Floss for a fast rundown of more words and phrases for everyday things that differ by region within the country or within the English-speaking world.