during my first winter in nyc i walked into american apparel and asked for a toboggan. i got a weird look and the reply "we don't sell sleds." i grew up in kentucky and to me a toboggan is a winter hat. little did i know that a toboggan is also a sled.
did you know these snafus are called regionalisms? ed and i have been trying to think of as many (american) regionalisms as we can. here's all we got:
firefly and lightning bug
tennis shoes and sneakers
soda, pop, coke (in the american south it's a coke even if it's a dr. pepper)
sprinkles and jimmies
thongs and flip flops
highway and freeway
ps: did you know new yorkers say "next on line" instead of "next in line" while waiting at the movies, etc.
ps again: say P-S-E-S out loud. that's how you say pierced ears in boston. :)