got me thinking about regional slang and different dialects of English on MetaFilter.
posted by MattMangels to MetaFilter-Related at 9:23 PM (372 comments total)
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After I read it I imagined a Mefite from some non-American part of the globe looking at the same comment and asking themselves "what is 'fraidy cat'?" and searching their dictionaries in vain for a definition of "fraidy" (although I'm sure nowadays you would just Google it, but bear with me here). According to the Online Etymology Dictionary
this expression was first recorded in America in 1871, and I'm not sure but I don't think it's a term used much outside of the US. Have any of you been utterly stumped by what a commenter was trying to say by their use of slang/regional expressions? I find this to be an interesting topic.