Are You A-Where of These Regional Terms?
G. A tract of low-lying land, especially along a river.
H. A porch or staircase at the entrance to a building.
I. A wooden stake.
J. A rubber band.
Answers (with help from the fascinating Regional Notes in the American Heritage Dictionary):
1. Intervale: G. New England. A village on flat land along the Saco River in northern New Hampshire is actually named Intervale.
2. Tumbleset: C. South. "Set" is a variant of the French "sault," from the Latin "saltus" (a leap), hence, "tumble leap."
3. Stateside: D. Alaska. "Stateside," often used by Americans abroad to describe their home country, is also an Alaskan term for the Lower 48.
4. Stob: I. South. "Stob" is a variant of "stub"; both derive from the Middle English "stubbe," a tree stump.
5. Mozo: F. Southwest. Spanish for "young man," "mozo" originally denoted an extra hand on a cattle roundup or ranch; it has evolved into a general term for an assistant or helper.