Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shopping Cart or Buggy?

 Jeb Bates and Judson Bates

When you go shopping at the grocery store, what do you call the object that you push around and collect your food in? Is it a shopping cart, a buggy, or something else? Cast your vote in the comments section, and then check out the video below to find out what the Bates call it in East Tennessee.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

84 comments:

  1. Trolley. That's what we call them in Ireland. And the handheld one is a basket.

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    1. Yeah we in SA also call it a trolley and a basket is the handheld one for us too. I've never heard the term buggy being used! I thought horses pulled a buggy!

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    2. A buggy is a name for a pram/stroller in he U.K. And Ireland too

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    1. In germany we call it "Einkaufswagen"! It's like shoppingwaggon!

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  3. I'm from New Jersey and I always say "cart." I visit Eastern Tennessee every year and notice that a lot of people say "buggy," including my relative who moved there from NJ!

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  4. Buggy?!?! Seriously that's ridiculous

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    1. It's rather unkind to say that. The blog readers here are from different parts of the world. I'm sure you wouldn't want them calling you ridiculous.

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    2. I think what they mean, is that it's ridiculous that we're even having this debate:-)

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    3. I thought "buggy" was silly the first time I heard it down in Florida, but different regions (and countries) have different words. Just because it's not what you are used to doesn't mean you have to belittle it.

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    4. Now, I've heard it all. Even ridiculing what other people call a shopping cart. Some people just like to in a constant state of opposition?

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  5. No No No Kelly. A buggy is something a horse pulls. I live farther south than ya'll do and grew up on a farm.. It's a cart.

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  6. Shopping Cart-never heard it called a buggy I don't think haha!

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  7. I'm from Toronto, Canada, and my family calls it a buggy

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  8. Neither... It's a carriage! lol ��

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    1. Me too! Are you from New England?

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  9. Shopping trolley is what we call it here in the UK.
    A cart is something a horse pulls - a horse & cart. A buggy is another name for a pushchair or something you ride on.

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    1. Well I call them carts, but your comment makes sense! We've all heard the saying 'putting the cart before the horse'. Where I'm from horses pull buggys! Lol!

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  10. I was born and raised in Georgia and my family and I have always called them buggies.

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  11. Shopping cart. A buggy is what I see horses pulling around.

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  12. Shopping cart in Kansas and Missouri.

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  13. I always said shopping basket

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  14. I grew up calling it a buggy. I'm from florida but my family is from TN. Actually, I still have family that lives in the same town as the bates. Sometimes I still call it buggy but now i mostly call it a cart

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    1. Same, in jax fl, it's both here, mostly a cart

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  15. It's a buggie (with an IE) or a basket. A cart is those things at Home Depot that you load up with plywood that doesn't have a basket on it

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  16. We call it a cart in eastern Pennsylvania.

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  17. Buggy!! But I'm from east TN

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  18. I grew up in Oklahoma, where it's called a cart, or shopping cart. Then I moved to Mississippi, where no one has heard of a cart. They call it a buggy.

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  19. In Ontario Canada we call it a shopping cart, and the small ones you carry with handles are baskets. However, I have heard them called carts and trolleys as well.

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    1. Not all from Ontario Canada call it a shopping cart. I'm from St. Catharines Ontario and my family has always called it a buggy.

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  20. I live in Arkansas and we call it a buggy. But I am from Wisconsin and we called it a cart there.

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    1. We are moving to Arkansas in 3 months from Florida! We can't wait! The Ozarks are so beautiful, we are going to homestead.

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  21. I thought everyone called it a buggy. I don't think I've heard it called a shopping cart.

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  22. Either shopping cart or just cart.

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  23. Buggy!! Tennessee

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  24. Shopping cart! I didn't even know other people called it differently...but we are talking about the South...so it's possible.

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  25. It's never "shopping cart;" that is too formal. It's simply a cart. I think I'd have a hard time in the south! :)

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    1. I'm from Florida and I visited Missouri years ago and tried to order grits and a sweet tea and the waitress just started at me like I was an alien!

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  26. In Texas we call it a shopping basket.

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  27. Here in the UK we call it a trolley!

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  28. This is a fun addition to the blog! Here in North Country, it's simply a 'cart'.
    I remember my family's first visit to St. Louis when I was a child. Our host asked me if I wanted a 'soda'. I hadn't a clue as to what she meant. Back home, it was referred to as a 'bottle of pop.' (No cans back then!)

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    1. In Los Angeles, it's a "Coke."

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  29. A buggy - from Texas

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  30. I'm from Southern Arkansas, and I have always called it a "cart."

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  31. I am from Maine. We say cart. Occasionally, you might hear wagon being used.

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  32. It's a cart! We don't usually saying the whole term shopping cart, but that's what we mean. I want to know what they call a purse. A lot of my southern friends call them pocketbooks.

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    1. My NYC friend called it a pocketbook, too.

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  33. I lived in northern Arkansas for 3 years and moved out of Arkansas a year ago. I never heard it called a buggy in northern Arkansas, always it was called a shopping cart

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  34. I'm from KY and I say either buggy or cart. When I lived in California briefly, I called it a buggy and the people that heard me looked at me like I had 2 heads!

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  35. I live in Illinois and call it a cart or shopping cart. But have heard it called a buggy.

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  36. Definitely Buggy here in Pittsburgh, PA!!!

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  37. In Los Angeles, it's a cart.

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  38. I live in Tennessee and am as southern as a turnip green. I always call it a shopping cart...

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  39. Born & raised in Souhern Calif. & have always called it shopping cart or shopping basket. Never heard it called buggy or trolley. Buggy was always something used for babies.

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  40. Shopping cart, but I'm very familiar with the term buggy as well

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  41. I remember when I was a little girl we called them baskets but then somehow I started calling them carts. Depending upon where you live, market parking lots will have signs up "Return Shopping Baskets Here" or "Return Carts Here""

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  42. Indiana, we say cart, I have never heard it called buggy.

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  43. I always called it a buggy. I've never heard It called anything else;) I grew up in Ga. I live in Nc.

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  44. Everyone in Illinois calls in a shopping cart.

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  45. Grew up in Washington.....We always called them carts or shopping carts. We moved to east Tennessee and realized everyone called them a buggy! Ha ha.....And a corral is what you put them in!

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  46. I've lived in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Washington, and New Jersey, and I've always said and heard shopping cart.

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  47. Here in the UK it's called a shopping trolley, the hand-held one is a basket and a buggy has a couple of meanings. Babies and children's prams are called buggies and people who are disabled ride around the shops, streets, home in specially made buggies to help them get from A to B.

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  48. North Dakota..shopping cart or just cart. I've never heard it called a buggy in my life until i saw this video clip! A buggy is what a baby rode in back in another past era and they don't even call THOSE a buggy anymore its a stroller.

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  50. I live in Connecticut and I've always called it a carriage but I think most people around here call them shopping carts.

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  51. In Cambridge, United Kingdom, we call it a 'shopping trolley'

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  52. In Oklahoma its shopping cart! Which is where the cart was designed. I do sometimes call it a shopping basket.

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  53. Here in Oklahoma where the shopping cart was designed we call it a cart or basket.

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  54. I'm from Michigan and we call it a shopping cart :)

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  55. Here are the results of a national survey on this topic:
    http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_75.html

    Fascinating!

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  56. Here in England its a shopping trolley - a buggy is what we call a stroller.

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