A shibboleth is a phrase or mannerism that gives away your background. (Like in Inglourious Basterds when the guy posing as a German spy signed "three" the wrong way). Shibboleth is also one of my fav words.
- •Every time I hear Bruce Springsteen in the wild, or he's mentioned in any context, I immediately and instinctively need to howl "BRUUUUUUUUUCE"
- •I pronounce the "or" sounds in Florida, horrible, sorority, orange, etc, as if they rhyme with "bar"
- •I refer to grocery shopping as, "going to the food store."I thought it was just my family speaking like toddlers, but one of my friends mentioned someone else from New Jersey saying that, so I'm probably not alone!
- •"GO BEARS!"UC Berkeley shibboleth