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Old September 12, 2010, 06:36 PM
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For me, as another midwesterner...
Originally Posted by Elaina View Post
I am thinking it is the nuances in vocabulary depending on where you are living that is getting me confused....for example:

In the South - you loan
In the Midwest - you borrow
Both are used because they mean two different things. If you are loaning something you are temporarily giving someone something. If you are borrowing something you are receiving that which is being loaned.

for example:
In the South - Can you lend me your book?
In the Midwest - Can you borrow me your book?
I would never said nor have I heard "Can you borrow me your book?"
Personally, I would prefer to say "may I borrow your book" over "can you lend me your book."

In the South - drinking water fountain
In the Midwest - water bubbler
I have only ever heard it called a "water fountain" or a "drinking fountain" not a water bubbler.
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