Stolen from the guy who writes For I Have Tasted The Fruit…
- A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks:
Stream, maybe brook (but only if it is babbling).
- What the thing you push around the grocery store is called:
Trolley, or shopping trolley.
- A metal container to carry a meal in:
I don’t know of metal containers to carry meals in – plastic ones are lunch boxes (if they have a hinged lid and Action Man on it), tub or tupperware.
- The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in:
Frying pan – although we grill our bacon and I am incapable of frying eggs.
- The piece of furniture that seats three people:
- The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof:
- The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening:
Sit outside? Usually patio if it’s a concrete thing in the back garden (but I’ve never seen one covered), porch in the front of the house (though I can’t imagine many people sitting at the front of the house of an evening!)
- Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages:
- A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup:
Probably pancakes, but they are not really a breakfast food.
- A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself:
- The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach:
Shorts or (swimming) trunks. I always preferred shorts, the longer the better. And a t-shirt. My theory was that if that was all I wore anyway, that’s all I needed to tan. Why risk cancer?
- Shoes worn for sports:
- Putting a room in order:
Tidying, cleaning if you dust as well.
- A flying insect that glows in the dark:
Probably firefly. That’s the only one I can think of, I don’t think there’s a local word for it.
- The little insect that curls up into a ball:
I’d call it a woodlouse, but apparently a Bristolian term is ‘grampfer grey’.
- The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down:
- How do you eat your pizza:
Fingers. Pizza is a meal of last recourse, when no-one can be bothered to do something more difficult. No need to try and save dignity there. I will use a knife and fork in a restaurant, depending on both the quality of the restaurant, the company I am with, or (ultimately) the thickness of the base. Some of them are almost transparent at Pizza Express!
- What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff:
A crime? I’ve never seen people just set up at the front of their house and sell things. Most people would take it to a boot sale or church fair or something.
- What’s the evening meal?:
Dinner. My wife would call it tea (but to me, that’s a drink).
- The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are:
HELL. People don’t have furnaces in this country, and it’s very rare to have a basement either. I think of them as basements or cellars, depending on how pleasant they are to be in. Having not seen more than one ever, I couldn’t tell you which is worse.
- What do you call the thing from which you can drink water in public places:
Fountain or drinking fountain. And the general rule is that you don’t drink from them.