Via MeFi, a collection of accents and dialects. My favorite so far is the sheep farmer. “The bigger sheep usually, they’re what you call lowdown [?] sheep…” It’s like a whole nother language, really.
Apparently marinara is named after mariners. Something about being able to keep on long sea voyages. At least according to my southern Italian cookbook.
From A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius:
After graduating he tried Chicago first, but was tired of constantly running into people from Champaign. They were all there, the whole school — so few make it out of the state. To most, Chicago was Oz, anything beyond it was China, the moon.