October 22nd, 2010

Regional names for deli meat

Hello folks,

Been looking up names for different meats and am now curious as to what they're called by region. You know, the stuff you get from your deli and put on sandwiches, whether you call them subs, hoagies, po'boys, etc. More specifically, I'm looking for terms used in the following areas (since I have characters from said areas):

New York
New Orleans (I'm leaning towards 'cold cuts' since that's what Google seems to be coming up with, though it hasn't been stated explicitly since most regional maps I'm looking at seem to have overlooked it).
California (though character from here was originally born and raised for the first five years in the northeast and tends to stick to northeastern terms because that's what was more commonly used at home and some Californian terms didn't sound 'right' to her. I may have her interchange at times). Edit: Yes, I'm aware a young child in most cases would adapt to where they're moving to and living longest, but this person in particular doesn't and never has gotten along with her peerage and doesn't want to sound like them.

Search terms used:

'What lunch meat is called in New York/California/New Orleans/London'
'Regionalisms for lunch meat'

Wiki also came up with this but was very non-specific:


Any help would be more than appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Edit 3: Thanks for all the help, I have all the answers I need now. :)
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I have a couple of problems in creating a background here, mostly to do with the fact that the 1960s/70s were a much different time than today and that I don't have the slightest clue about the US military.


I read some articles, watched a documentary but some detail question still remain about three main areas:

1) How his career in the SEALs would have started

2) The Vietnam war

3) Education in the Navy

1) Today men as young as 17 can join the Navy SEAL if they have parental permission.

But the character was 17 in 1968, some articles I read tell me that the SEALs were a much bigger secret then. Could a 17 year old then even decide to become a SEAL or were they only recruited from Navy ranks? If he joined the Navy at age 17 and proved his worth, at what time in his training/career could he reasonably be recruited as a SEAL?

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2) In 1968 the Vietnam war was still going on, the facts I know are the following, Navy SEALs played an important role in the war, the last SEAL left Vietnam in 1972.

I get some conflicting information on how many people were still sent to Vietnam by the time the Character joined up and by the time he would have finished SEAL training (If he could have started at 17 then). On the one hand, they started Vietnamization in '69 and started pulling troops out, on the other hand there was the draft lottery of '69/'70.

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