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    Is this a regional thing? Like if you are at a restaurant or at the checkout at a store and they say "all set?" Or someone offers you something and you don't want/need it, you could say "no thanks, I'm all set." I didn't think it was, but a friend said he had never heard it until he moved here.

    What are some words or phrases you didn't realize were weird/local?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Is this a regional thing? Like if you are at a restaurant or at the checkout at a store and they say "all set?" Or someone offers you something and you don't want/need it, you could say "no thanks, I'm all set." I didn't think it was, but a friend said he had never heard it until he moved here.
    Hm, I've heard that before, but not often, and I never associated it with any region in particular.
    What are some words or phrases you didn't realize were weird/local?
    I don't know if this counts, but where I'm from, the month of August is synonymous with fire season, and I was talking to one of my friends from Tennessee about summer vacation, and mentioned that fire season was going to make August pretty much unbearable when I got back*. And she goes "... fire season?" So I had to explain it to her.

    I don't think the Rockies are all that full of weird regionalisms, though. Sometimes I use the word "spendy" for "expensive", but I was never under the impression that that was normal outside of the West.


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    In the PNW as well..

    I think in this day and age, particularly in the West, it'd be harder to come up with any such regionalisms...for example, I've found myself saying "fixing to" despite never having been to the south, and confusing "f and th" (as in, finking instead of thinking) despite not being English (I'm thinking that's Scouse, as in Liverpool?).
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    They say it in New Zealand too - not very often but you hear it now and then. Although it is possible that's it's something picked up unconsciously from American TV.

    There are are quite a few weird NZ words and phrases. A Canadian friend who did a working holiday here recently told me that it's strange that we say "furtherest" (ie. the superlative of "far"). Of course it's not a real word when I think of it - in fact, it's a total bastardisation of the English language and is plain embarrassing. I just never realised we said it and other countries didn't.

    But then I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Kiwis change a great many words around to make it easier for us to say (seriously we are the laziest English language speakers in existence) and it comes out sounding incredibly low class. You will frequently hear, even educated, people say, "libary" for library, "nucelah" for nuclear, "Febuary" for February, "vunrable" for vulnerable and "offen" for often - and there are are many, many more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Is this a regional thing? Like if you are at a restaurant or at the checkout at a store and they say "all set?" Or someone offers you something and you don't want/need it, you could say "no thanks, I'm all set." I didn't think it was, but a friend said he had never heard it until he moved here.

    What are some words or phrases you didn't realize were weird/local?
    Never heard it used like that. I think in Britain it's a bit more emphatic. It's a bit "scouts" to be honest.

    eg. "we're all set for the camping expedition guys! awesome!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Is this a regional thing? Like if you are at a restaurant or at the checkout at a store and they say "all set?" Or someone offers you something and you don't want/need it, you could say "no thanks, I'm all set." I didn't think it was, but a friend said he had never heard it until he moved here.

    What are some words or phrases you didn't realize were weird/local?
    Never heard it used like that. I think in Britain it's a bit more emphatic. It's a bit "scouts" to be honest.

    eg. "we're all set for the camping expedition guys! awesome!"

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    As far as I know, us Californians don't say anything particularly interesting.
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    "All set" I've heard around Boston very often. Isn't that where you are @gromit?

    "Yea Yea" (instead of just 'yea') is one in Providence..it's weird hearing and why say that twice? lol.
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    "All set" seems completely normal to me, but then again I say "wicked" as a good adjective alot too.
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