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A Friendly Debate.

Husby and I grew up in different areas of the U.S. and we disagree on a lot of words and phrases. We want YOU to weigh in!

The Great Firework Debate.

I say "pop off fireworks", and Husby claims this doesn't make sense. He "shoots" them off. Vote and Discuss.

The Pop VS. Soda Debate.

This is a debate all over the U.S., so I am dying to know what YOU say. I am a "pop" girl, Husby is a "soda" boy. We each refuse to say the other one's preference, so Weebie will likely call it Soda-Pop! Vote and discuss.

The Smelling Debate.

Okay, so everyone where I grew up always said this phrase that I never once thought anything about. Two years ago, one of Husby's friends from where he grew up came to visit (Hi, Mandy!), and she pointed out how bizarre it is that everyone here will hold up something to someone's nose (say, a candle) and say, "smell of it!" It drives Husby nuts, but is totally normal to me. Vote and discuss.

The Suddenly Debate.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am right on this one. Is it, "all of a sudden" or "all the sudden"?
I vote the former, Husby the latter. Vote and discuss.

The Sweetness Debate.

This one has nothing to do with your vernacular, but rather your taste buds. I drink my tea UNSWEET. Husby drinks his SWEET.
I just can't understand sweet tea. It's like sugar-water. Yucka. Vote and discuss.

Can you settle these debates? I'd love to hear from you! :)
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. How funny. It is like being a marriage referee.

    A big one for me is fatty boom sticks or fatty boom bah.

    Neither is very complimentary. You want to get the words right when you insult someone!

  2. You're not from the South, are you? :)

  3. I make my own ice tea (with a huge variety of teas) and I will add a small ammount of sugar, but I don't like store bought sweet iced tea - too sugary

  4. I'm a midwestern girl and agree with your hubby on most of the words. I agree with you 100% on the sweet tea being yuck. I am not much of a soda drinker, but I do drink unsweetened tea year round.

  5. This is a huge university study about dialect and phrases across the country specific to location. If you click on each work/phrase a map will come up showing where different ways of saying the same thing are used. You'll love it!

    I spent hours going through it, literally (ok.. I was bored...) But it seriously is cool!

  6. I thought that you grew up around here ... but I have never heard anyone say pop off fireworks! I think that might just be a family thing ... haha!

    And ... how can you not like sweet tea???? Yum yum yum yum yum yum! :)

  7. I have to say on the sweet tea one that I like strong tea with sugar in it, If it is weak tea I dont like it.

    Jon is a grammar nerd and it drives him crazy when someone uses the wrong word, like eager and anxious. Its starting to rub off on me now.

  8. 1. Tea is disgusting, sweet or not.
    2. I say pop, but I don't have a problem with people calling it anything else, as long as they don't refer to a Pepsi (or Squirt or Mt. Dew or anything else) as "Coke."

  9. I say "set off fireworks". My husband and I come live away from where we grew up and we're always noticing the linguistic differences we encounter - lots of fun!

  10. Love it! You guys are so fun!! How about okra? I say okRA and he says okre. HUH???? Ughhhhh

  11. You are definitely not from the South. :) It's neat to see how different people perceive things. Great post!

  12. I buy soda from a pop machine. Wrap your head around that, LOL!

    Technically, I don't shoot or pop off fireworks, because they're illegal here. :)

  13. I can't believe you don't like sweet tea!!!

  14. well, in regards to the tea debate it's really a matter of individual preference. Some people like tea sweet, some don't.

    So there is no right or wrong answer to any of the issues you have brought up. it is all a matter of where individuals grew up and how things were done where they lived at the time.

  15. You know me, born and raised in the South, with a drawl, y'all! We'll ask you if you want a coke, and then ask you what kind. And if you want unsweet tea, then honey, go to the kitchen and make some yourself!!! :-)

  16. i'm super southern, and i hate sweet tea. i feel like i'll be ran out of town!

  17. This was hilarious!

    When I was growing up in NM, EVERYONE called every kind of soda "Coke." When we moved to Colorado, people started making fun of me, so I changed it to "soda."

  18. So... for the soda/pop debate, LMAO!!!
    I'm a california girl, and here EVERYONE says soda.
    But, it's the one 'Michigan' thing I picked up from my dad... and I call it pop 95% of the time. Sometimes soda-pop. But usually pop.
    And people laugh, and laugh, and laugh at me, LOL!

  19. Ugh! I moved every 2 years as a kid, and could NEVER figure out what anyone was talking about. On the "Soda" front.

    I was born in PA, it was "Soda".

    I moved to Chicago, thought people kept trying to offer us "Popsicles", but it was really "Pop".

    Moved to Tennessee...and REALLY couldn't get used to the "Coke" thing.

    Amazed that I've mostly stuck with "Soda". Sometimes "Pop" will come out, though.

  20. Even though I grew up in the same state you did, I found myself voting with D on all but one question. No joke. Maybe it's because I'm from a different part of the state....

  21. That was fun!
    I'm Canadian, and everyone I know calls it pop. I actually hate the word soda.

  22. I just wrote about the "all of a sudden vs. all the sudden" phenomenon on my blog the other day! It drives me nutty. (I say "all of a sudden," btw!)

    As for "pop" vs. "soda," I grew up in an area where we said "pop," then went to college in an area where it was called "soda." Now we live in an area where it's once again "pop," but I now call it soda. So confusing!

    Here's another one for you: Slippy or slippery?

    And another one I posted on my blog: Flip off or flick off?

  23. I usually say, "Can I have some tea with my sugar??" Hehe...sweet tea all the way baby!

  24. I think its all of THE sudden aka suddenly.

    I don't think it can be "a sudden" because a sudden isn't a noun, its the time when something happens (?)

    My parents call it Soda Pop! Some people in Missouri say Soda Pop. Some in KC area say pop, in STL say soda, and in southern Mo say Sodie!


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