The other day Nick said he was going out back to...well, I'm not exactly sure what he was doing.
Something with the tap. Except that he called it a spigot. Which he pronounced "spicket" - thus focusing my entire attention on his vocabulary and not on the content of the sentence.
In any case, he was doing something with the outside water source. The one with the handle you can twist. The one to which you can hook up a hose.
Coincidentally, during this conversation, I was standing at the kitchen sink, and had just turned on the faucet.
He got kind of annoyed when I interrupted his course by asking him to repeat the word he'd just used a number of times. And then to get him to explain, impatiently, that faucets are inside. Spickets are outside.
This, he claims, is how it is. According to everybody.
I call it a tap. Or maybe a faucet, although if I were asked to make a distinction, I'd say faucet would be inside and tap would be outside. But I think they're pretty interchangeable.
I don't know that I've ever used the word spigot. And certainly not spicket. I'm not opposed to the word. It just never occurs to me.
I think this must be regional. Which, quite honestly, is my answer to almost everything. "Oh, it's probably regional." Except when the answer is "Asberger's." Which is, of course, my favorite diagnosis.
Regional Asberger's would be a whole nother ball of wax. Whatever that means.
Christ. This is turning into one of those posts that make Nick email me and be all, "What the hell were you talking about?"
So: Spigot. Faucet. Tap.
Do you make a distinction between inside and outside, and if so, which word for what? Is this regional?