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November 30th, 2005
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Pitch In vs. Pot Luck
Help me out, here, folks! If you read this please reply with the following:

Where are you from (region of USA, or country)?

What do you call a meal where everybody brings a dish or part of a meal - a pot luck, a pitch in, or other? And have you heard of both of the first terms?

Thank you for helping to satisfy my curiousity for regional word differences.

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From:arevanye
Date:November 30th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Midwest here-- potluck. I've never heard of a "pitch in".
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! You get a special followup question (*G*): Are you a native of this region, or did you move here from elsewhere?
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From:fangirlsays
Date:November 30th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Southerner here...we call it a Pot Luck, and I've never heard of a Pitch In.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Thankee!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... you had me going there for a minute, and then it hit me: "potlatch"! That's what you're thinking of - when you show your status by basically giving away everything you've got.

Interesting results so far. BTW, this all came up because people where I now live use the term "pitch in", and I'd never heard of it! So far it's 3 to 0 in favor of potluck. Be interesting if to see if anybody has heard of it. Thanks!
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From:zanne68
Date:November 30th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Northern Iowa here, and we call it a potluck. I've never heard of a pitch in. Sounds like what everyone does to get the dishes clean afterwards. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
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It does!
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From:aeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
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In Hawai'i, when we talk about a meal where you're supposed to bring something, it's a potluck.

Other terms associated with meals where people bring things include dinner, lunch, luau, brunch, tea, and heavy pupus. ('Pupus' are ostensibly snacks, but heavy pupus leave you too full for lunch/dinner.) Then there's that old classic:

"What should I bring?" "You don't need to bring anything." "Okay... May I bring something?"

If the answer is "yes," you get food. If it's "no," you get beer, wine, spirits, or occasionally a fancy non-alcoholic drink like sparkling grape juice.

If you really don't want anyone to bring anything in Hawai'i, imply strongly that the meal will be catered, or at least picked up... even if you really plan to do all the cooking yourself. If your guests know you're doing the cooking, chances are very strong you'll get "help"... whether you want it or not! {chuckle, lop-sided SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
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You live in Hawaii? I didn't know that!

*makes another checkmark for potluck*
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From:anonypooh
Date:November 30th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
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never heard of either! :D
and no .. I don't know what it is called here either .. I'm really helpful :D



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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
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(actually, I did a google of it... and somebody, from Britain, I think, wrote that they didn't think their country had a term for it... so you may not be alone!)

*adds to book of data*
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From:finabair
Date:December 1st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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Pot luck. Never heard pitch in before. Wisconsin, with some time in Chicago. Or sometimes it's more like, "Everybody bring something..." Occasionally BYO is used, even when technically something will be shared, or Bring a Dish.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 2nd, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Damn LJ... eating comments! Just read this - thanks!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:December 1st, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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We call it a pot luck.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
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Good - thanks! *G*
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From:quiet_moments
Date:December 1st, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
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I have actually heard of it referred to both ways around here. I guess the most common thing we say in thishaer neck o the woods is pitch in dinner, but pot lock is not really uncommon. Sorry, not much help am I? *G*
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From:quiet_moments
Date:December 1st, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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Now that I read over the other replies, I realize it might just be something we say in this area (since of course I live near you). Odd, isn't it? I never even realized it was something unique to this area, I just assumed the terms were always used interchangeably. *G*
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From:ninquelosse
Date:December 1st, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
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Potluck, in both Chicago and Vermont.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
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Ah - a double hit! Thanks! *G*
From:ex_kisa_haw
Date:December 1st, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
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Wisconsin, mostly, and it's a pot luck!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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Good - thanks! *G*
From:kunga
Date:December 1st, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
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Potluck in Bloomington, IL & Toluca, IL
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 2nd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
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LJ ate your comment, apparently ("Monster Ate The Pilot"? *G*) - thanks!
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From:cyloran
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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Philadelphia, PA. And it's a pot luck.

But in Virginia, I've heard it called a pot luck and a covered dish.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

*grins at your Willy Wonka icon*

Bet he'd be a good person to invite to bring the dessert!
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
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ky pot luck
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
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Aha!!! Wow... so it's call a pitch in here... but all around me it's a pot luck. Very interesting - thanks!
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From:abandonada
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
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Pot luck in California. Never heard of 'pitch in'.

Cool survey!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 1st, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! *S*
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