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I was just watching an old Scrubs episode and while watching a soap opera during her lunch break, the nurse said to J.D., "Can't you see I'm watching my stories?" I've heard "my stories" used a few times now referring to soap operas. Has anyone else heard this phrase used?

(Edit: Coincidentally, I just heard Sock on Reaper refer to One Life To Live as "my stories".)

My friend from Jersey laughed at me when I told him I needed new tennis shoes. He says "tennis shoes" must be a Southern thing because he's only ever heard them called "sneakers". A bit of research (which I can no longer find) revealed that "sneakers" is limited to the Northeast down to DC, whereas "tennis shoes" dominates the rest of the country.

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British origin?

Has a British or Irish ring to my ears.

a western opinion

"my stories" is quite common, it was used in at least one episode of The Simpsons as well.

As for "sneakers" vs. "tennis shoes" (or "tennies") I've heard both out here in Colorado, but I don't have a clear idea of which is dominant. Honestly both terms have fallen out of use to some extent, since the advent of $100+ basketball shoes.

The northeast

I've lived in New England my entire life and I've never heard soap operas called "my stories". As for the shoes you are talking about, I've always heard them called "sneakers". "Tennis shoes" sounds strange to me, like maybe something an elderly person would say.

And I call flavored carbonated beverages "soda", never "tonic", "coke", or "pop".
When I say "tonic" I mean unflavored carbonated water as in "tonic water". When I say "coke" I mean Coca-Cola specifically, not just any soda beverage. And when I say "pop" I mean the sound something makes when it bursts. Coca-Cola, Sprite, Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Mountain Dew, etc, they are all just called "soda".

I'm from Southern Virginia,

I'm from Southern Virginia, and I call them "tennis shoes" myself. I've also often heard "my stories" for soaps (in fact, I think my grandmother used to call them that).

Where?

I spend a lot of time in Blackstone, south of Richmond.

You still in the area?

Danville. I'm actually in

Danville. I'm actually in graduate school in the Chicago area right now, but my parents still live in Danville.

George Carlin

Maybe 2 decades ago, George Carlin did a routine about women who called soap operas "my stories." It must be on one of his comedy albums.

I've never heard anyone call

I've never heard anyone call soap operas "stories" except for black women. It's either a black thing or a Southern thing.

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I've lived in New England my entire life and I've never heard soap operas called "my stories". As for the shoes you are talking about, I've always heard them called "sneakers". "Tennis shoes" sounds strange to me, like maybe something an elderly person would say.

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