Friday, April 1, 2011

Southern Word of the Week - Tag

The registration plate for your automobile
(n.) Did you go to the courthouse to get your tags yet?

I asked one guy from New Jersey about his tags once.  He didn't know if I was talking about something you wear (i.e. credentials, press pass, etc.), or what.  Then I said, "No, a car tag."  He still had no idea.  He thought he was supposed to put something in the rental car.  I explained that it went on the back of a car and he said, "Oh, you mean my plates."  I honestly had no idea that anyone would not know what I was talking about when I mentioned a car tag.  Just another reminder of how wonderfully different the language is in different regions of the United States.

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