Posted by: episystechpubs | May 20, 2013

Editor’s Corner: More Regional Differences

So, last night as my hubby, the dogs, and I settled in to watch some mad men and bad popes on TV, an ambulance raced by our house at full volume and full speed. “Don’t worry,” I said. “It wasn’t a fire truck, it was an aid car.” Ray asked, “A what? An “A” car?” He was already laughing at me when I responded, “No, an AID car. Like ‘first aid.’” And he laughed and laughed. “Is that one of those Seattle things like “license tabs”?

I went to work immediately to find the answer, and I was quite surprised. It seems that “aid car” is a solely Washingtonian term. Well, as long as they come when called, I guess it doesn’t matter too much what you call the vehicle.

As for “tabs,” it seems Washington has some company in referring to the validation stickers on your license plate as “tabs.” I found references to tabs for Missouri, Michigan, and Minnesota.

I guess there’s no moral to this story. It’s kind of like our discussion of pill bugs (or rolly-pollies)…I find it fascinating that we share a language, but have regional words and phrases that our compatriots don’t understand.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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