Ok, so as a linguist I’m delighted by regionalisms and dialect and linguistic variation. But there are two things that annoy me:
1) When people act like their regional version is somehow better . “It’s SODA, not POP; ‘pop’ sounds stupid!” I don’t give an isht how stupid something sounds to your dumb ass.
2) When I use a Northwest word and other people don’t know it. Even if they don’t pass judgment on me for using a non-standard word; I
hate am totally baffled when people don’t know MY word, period. Yah, it’s not very linguisty of me.
So today there were three words, “jo-jo’s,” “pre-func,” and “katonk.” What! I’m the only one who says “jo-jo’s?
Now, to be fair, “katonk” is a Hawaiian English word, but if people are going to get all “local” then they better know what a “katonk” is.
People seem to like “care-frontation” though, although that’s not regional, that’s just a neologism I picked up from a friend.
Updated to clarify.