7 Dialect Differences That Make Us Cringe

7 Dialect Differences That Make Us Cringe

We have to learn to agree to disagree but honestly these difference have caused so many arguments.


Once we get to college, we are automatically thrown into a world that is much bigger than the one we previously knew. Suddenly, we are not amongst the same people we have known our whole lives from our hometowns. We are amongst people from all across the world. It is an opportunity to find out how much we have in common but also to realize how much our home has shaped us.

The biggest identifier that someone grew up in a different area are dialectal differences. Here are a few that I found once I came to college, mostly inspired from my upbringing in a Pennsylvania Dutch town:

1. Car-a-mel or Carmel?


I do know that the officially 'correct' pronunciation is care-a-mel. I totally understand that. But, both pronunciations are socially accepted. And, I will always side with the car-mel pronunciation. Why? How do you pronounce car? Enough said.

2. Tennis shoes or sneakers? 


I had always thought that tennis shoes were for tennis and running shoes for running. Sneakers are just the general footwear for going to the gym or a casual walk. When I met my good friend from Seattle, however, I found out that the West Coast refers to all athletic shoes as sneakers. This is jarring for me. Why would tennis shoes be for anything other than tennis? The world may never know.

3. Roundabout or rotary? 


I am honestly not sure if I have a preference for this one. I usually say roundabout, but I have also heard people say rotary.

4. Pop or soda?


The way we talk about carbonated beverages differs by state alone, so it definitely differs across state lines. My friend from Erie, Pennsylvania says pop but everyone else in my group says soda.

5. Dippy eggs or sunny side up eggs? 


Okay, the next two are specifically Pennsylvania Dutch. Up until college, I could order dippy eggs and get eggs that you dip toast in. It made perfect sense to me. Dippy eggs are the ones with the dippy yolk. No one knows what I am talking about with this though. Most people assume I am talking about some kind of soft-boiled eggs. I have learned to ask for sunny side up eggs or over-easy eggs whenever I order breakfast but it does not slip off my tongue as dippy eggs does.

6. Chicken Pot Pie is or isn't a pie? 


I grew up with a wonderful soup filled with chicken, square noodles, potatoes, and the most wonderful broth. Apparently, the rest of the world grew up with a pie. I get that I am from the only region that does not have Chicken Pot Pie as a pie but that does not mean I am any less disturbed by this.

7. On line or in line? 


My roommate is from Long Island. It bothers me so much when she says, "I am going to stand on line." I imagine her standing on top of someone's head waiting to buy her groceries. If we are forming a line, we are in the line. She says it is all because you stand on the ground for a line but the whole time you are within a line. I understand all of the other differentiations but this one just bothers me and gives me never-ending fodder to bother my roommate with.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

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This Trump Oval Office Address Drinking Game Is NOT Fake News

Caution: You may need a DD.


An exciting moment in our 45th President's career will be taking place tonight: he will be addressing the nation on a "current state of emergency" on national television.

Yes, that's right. Our President will be taking the night off of Twitter (hopefully) to enter living rooms across the country on our screens.

Historically, these addresses are long and boring, so let's spice it up tonight. Don't even bother with shot glasses, I have a feeling you won't have time to refill the glass in time.

Take a shot every time he says "bad"

This one seems harmless, but remember, Trump likes to repeat himself to make a point. "Bad, bad people". Two shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he says "hombres"

Be careful! He's been known to say things like "bad, bad hombres, very bad." Four shots right there for ya.

Take a shot every time he mispronounces something

Look, it's bound to happen, have you seen the typos in his tweets? Oh man.

Take a shot any time he lies about terrorists entering the country via Mexico

Fun fact for you: Terrorists most commonly enter the country via airplanes, in fact, last year only 6 terrorists tried to cross at the Mexican border and all got turned around. Learn more here.

Take a shot every time he says "caravan"

I don't see this one hurting you too bad, but the man is hard to read.

Take a shot every time he says "uh"

This one seems like it's harmless but because he isn't a speaking professional he actually says it a lot more than you would think.

Finish your drink every time he says "national crisis"

Do it. Take that shot.

Take a shot every time he says "wall"

But you might just get alcohol poisoning.

Take a shot every time he says "terrorists "

Fingers crossed he doesn't say this as much as I think he will.

Take a shot every time he blames the democrats for the shutdown

You're the one holding the opening of the government hostage, buddy.

Take a drink AND DON'T STOP until he is done saying the word "huge"

Sometimes he keeps this one short, other times it's a dragged out "huuuuuuuuuuuge". Don't say I didn't warn you.

Take a drink when he starts using his hands as he speaks AND DON'T STOP until he puts them back down 

Another possible alcohol poisoning situation.

Remember to always drink responsibly!

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