Waiting for the bus this morning, CJ told another kid not to budge in line. “You mean butt in line,” I said. “DADDY,” CJ said, giggling, “you are being silly.” “No, seriously,” I said, “it’s butt, not budge.” So we asked the other kids in line, and all agreed — when you force your way into a line, you are “budging.”
I researched this, and indeed — “budge in line” is Wisconsin / Minnesota dialect. (It’s also apparently common in Western Canada, for some reason.) This was news to me. Tanya reports hearing “ditch in line” as a kid, which is apparently some kind of Ohio thing.
So: do you cut, butt, or budge? And where are you from?
(Subsidiary question: is there a poll site, a la surveymonkey, that will allow me to set this up as an online poll, ask respondents for the zip code of their home town, and then plot the answers on the map?)