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Canada here. Some common ones I’ve heard to replace “Mississippi” are “one thousand”, “steamboat”, and “motherfucker”
When Im in the gym and have to count seconds I use thousands, but motherfucker might be better. Cursing gives you +10% strength
I am hereby adopting "one motherfucker, two motherfucker, [...]"
Edit: yes, I get it, Sam Jackson. No more, pls k thx bai.
I hope you raise those motherfuckers well
I just hope they don’t come from the same mother
I’ll raise you with chesterfield and return your manners.
heart eyes, motherfucker
French fries, motherfucker
all rise, motherfucker 🧑⚖️
Some pies motherfucker!
Wrong size, motherfucker
Dead flies, Motherfucker
The Sam Jackson method
Came here for the one thousand, left with a motherfucker
Definitely gonna teaxh that to my kids when I have em
When Samuel L Jackson is your 1st grade teacher.
"Alright class, today we're going to learn about the metric system! Now, do you know what they call a quarter-pounder with cheese in France?"
Congratulations, you're stupid in 2 languages
I want Samuel to be my teacher. That would be fun
I dunno, didnt he hold a school at gunpoint at one time?
That’s right, forgot. This is an outside of the US thread.
Canada too, French as 1rst language even, and in my family we either say "Mississippi" or "Hippopotame"
Edit : Pretty much only in context to measure time between lightning and thunder to "determine" how close the storm is
I'm bilingual, and I also use "Mississippi" in English and "hippopotame" in French.
Aussie here, all of the above plus wheel barrow
In the professional health industries, I’ve heard they prefer ‘1 crocodile, 2 crocodile…’
1 Mississauga, 2 Mississauga
1 Saskatchewan, 2 Saskatchewan is what we always did at scouts
This was actually a recommended way to count distance in my online BDE course.
Yeah, in Quebec, we're counting one "bateau" and "mille et something", I find it so interesting that we're doing the same in a different language!
Un "bateau-bateau", deux "bateaux-bateaux"
I’m surprised with the bateau one, I wonder if there’s a historical explanation behind it because I’ve only heard older generations use the steamboat one
One thousand steamboat motherfuckers, two thousand steamboat motherfuckers, Three
I feel like "steamboat" doesn't have the same caliber of syllables as the other choices.
I guess it's all in how you say it.
"Steamyboat" fits the bill!
Fellow Canadian here. I always do one one thousand, two one thousand, etc.
Would that be motherfucker or motherfuckers for numbers that are greater than one?
Well you don’t say Mississippis duh
People use one one thousand in Minnesota too. Though that's basically Canada I suppose
Texan with Cajun family, and I used "one one thousand" and never heard "one Mississippi" until I was in middle school.
The last one just makes me wanna sing Ass backwards by mindless self indulgence now
Germany: no. I say 21 slowly, that's 1 second. So to estimate 5 seconds I count 21 to 25. Don't know whether this is common in my country.
Yes it is that's what I learned in elementary school aswell.
Same in Dutch. Only... We do it in Dutch. :-)
We also do this in the Netherlands
In English: twenty-one (3 syllables)
In German: einundzwanzig (4 syllables and, as all German words, hard consonants in there to make it easy to enunciate)
Also bear witness to our glorious trash system of reversing the digits. The literal translation is "oneandtwenty", and this is for all numbers 13 to 99 (and larger numbers with it as subpart).
Even as a native, while processing it is no problem, simultaneously writing the numbers down while hearing is seriously difficult.
Eh, still better than the French with their four twenty ten nine (4x20+10+9=99) :p
We in the Netherlands do this aswell
"ein und zwanzig", "zwei und zwanzig" - "und zwanzig" is so close in time to "one thousand"
Same in Slovak 1,21,2,21,3,21....
Same in The Netherlands 😊
In the UK we say 'elephant'. Or at least that's what I was taught at primary school.
How do you say Mississippi for it to be the wrong length?
In UK English it would be pronounced 'Mississippiinnitgovna', just a bit too long to mark a second.
If I learned anything about Worcestershire, they'd pronounce it "Mippi"
We've also got Gloucestershire and Leicestershire too. It's just so we can win at scrabble.
I hope you’re all able to get your boocestershire shots.
Lmaoo that one made me laugh
I think it's about rhythym more than length, I wonder how the 'beat' of the elephant one goes
> I think it's about rhythym more than length
Tell my wife I said hello.
I say it like “Missipi” because I say it really fast
For me the I between the s’s disappears slightly, not quite to missippi but the s sound doesn’t quite stop I don’t think
I am curious too. Mississippi has four syllables while elephant only has three.
Many (not all) Brits will tend to compress the second I, the one between the S’s
It’s still there, but we *almost* say miss-sippi with the middle I being closer to a brief pause or glottal stop, which cuts the length down to being similar to a 3 syllable word because the last syllable (pi) is already short compared to miss, sis, and sipp, even when Americans say it
We use "éléphant" in France too, for once we agree on something my UK friend
You still put those funny little squiggles around the e’s though, so we least we have *something* to argue about
\**shakes fist in the general direction of Calais*\*
In UK I was taught "monkey on a stick" (really!)
Everyone I know here uses Mississipi. But I'm oretty keen on switching to motherfucker instead.
I hate the fact that I understood this lol
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie roll center of a Tootsie pop? **The world may never know.**
I hope this is solved in a few years when Universal Pictures, plum out of ideas, buys the rights to those ads and launches a cinematic universe. The Tootsieverse will finally answer where Mr. Owl got his degree and how Mr. Turtle lost his teeth. Gonna be rad.
...three and a half
In denmark we say one box of beer
1 kasseøl, 2 kasserøl, 3 kasserøl ... hvor er det egentligt... meget dansk
In the Netherlands we use counting from 21 and up. The way we pronounce numbers tends to be long and off course using it to be indicative for time we pronounce it elaboratively (21 = Een-en-twintig, up to 26 - zes-en-twintig - they comprise of 4 syllables) emphasis on the 'en' part which in normal speech isn't the case.
Ah it's the same in german!
german here, we do EXACTLY the same. shouldn't be too much of a surprise tho
Same for us Afrikaans folks in south africa
No, one thousand and one, one thousand and two...
Interesting, I generally go for Mississippi but I learned a slight variation on this where you always say "[number] one thousand":
One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand...
Never heard it your way
Its an old way of counting but many older folks still use it. They say eighth and seventy instead of seventy eight. I never used this rule of counting until my driver's license but was tough it as a way to judge 3 second of distance to the car ahead.
In Dutch we still say our numbers in that old order as well. I wonder when it got outdated in English and if we could change it too. One-and-twenty is just so silly,
In Norway the new counting method came into official use on the 1. Of July 1951.
Russian native speaker here. No, we definitely don’t say Mississippi, lol. I was taught to say “one second, two seconds, three seconds…” at a specific rate. The words for ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, etc. and ‘sekunda’ (second) take a bit longer to say than they do in English.
1 irkutsk 2 irkutsk...
This is an unexpectedly fascinating question
I was just scrolling on by and came back up to it.
Adopting *motherfucker* now.
In India we say tick-tick 1, tick-tick 2, etc. I don't know if everyone says it but children certainly do.
came here to say this!
tick-tick 1, tick-tick 2, tick-tick 3, ....
i wanna know if canadians say mississauga tbh
I think they say Saskatchewan. Like this: "One Saskatchewan, Two Saskatchewan... Fuck, we have two Saskatchewans? Isn't one enough?"
They rarely count past two when using this method.
I'm Canadian and I've always said Mississippi.
I've lived in Mississauga, and have never heard anyone say that.
Nah, I grew up saying Mississippi or one thousand.
People in Wales do 1 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, 2 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
, 3 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
OP was asking about seconds, not hours.
Lol, I was looking for this comment!
One of my favorite words in the English language!
Was this place **THE SUN**?
I'M AN 8.
Aussie here, I do and some of my mates as well, suspect we picked it up watching something from Hollywood.
We use "1 one thousand, 2 one thousand, 3 one thousand..." too
Used it as a kid in the 70’s, but I always thought it was Mrs hippy. I was late teens before I realised it was actually Mississippi. I wondered for years who she was but wasn’t game to ask, as everyone else seemed to know.
I never did, growing up here. I always did "hippopotamus" or "cattle dog" as a kid.
I love the two people now have mentioned “cattle dog”.
Surprising. Australians have a wealth of words similar to Mississippi: Tibooburra, Innamincka, Coober Pedy, Cootamundra, etc., and probably all misspelled.
In Denmark we used to say ‘ølkasse’ which translate to beer case…
This probably says something profound about the Danish society.
Reading the comments it seems I'm the odd one but here in Hungary I heard it from multiple people. And not just in English, we even use it in Hungarian, "egy Mississippi, két Mississippi..."
I’ve been doing this in Australian for years, before I even knew wtf Mississippi was - apparently there’s a river there too?
In Poland we say sto dwadzieścia jeden, sto dwadzieścia dwa ... . It means one hundred twenty one, one hundred twenty two and so on.
I grew up in the U.S. When we played football we would use “alligator” since it was easier to say.
Im in australia and i do
I'm in Aus and I say Kangaroo.
In Aus and I was taught cat and dog 🙂
Is it possible you misheard it when you were taught that? Because my dad taught me to say "cattle dog". Or maybe I got it wrong 😅
Might be you or just both are common because I got cat and dog as well.
Same here! Though I don’t use it often. I think there are probably a lot of Australian animals and names in general that could be used. Cassowary maybe?
Did Primary in South Australia and I say Hippopotamus.
Wow that brings me back, yes I also said hippopotamus!
In Canada yes
Ukraine: those who watched Friends.
In South Africa: yes
Een aartappel, twee aartappels...
From Orkney Snork Nie - Een Kabouter, twee kabouter (one gnome, two gnome - doesn't work that well in English)
I have forgotten the old ways
We were taught to use 'krokodil' (crocodile) to count seconds.
I was taught one, *one thousand* two, *one thousand* three...
this is the state trying to advertise itself as a useful time keeping function instead of the worst state in the US per the frequent “what’s the worst state” reddit polls lol
If you say their name three times, they'll move up slightly in the rankings.
Only cuz Louisiana is sinking
*West Virginia breathes a sigh of relief*
Sometimes I use hippopotamus if I'm trying to mix it up a bit.
How do you not break out in song?
I'm the hiphopapotamus, my lyrics are bottomless, I uh...um...*trails off*
I’m not a large water dwelling mammal, where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
I grew up in Ohio saying hippopotamus.
"How do you count to 5?"
In Denmark we use 'crate of beer' (translated from: kasse øl)
I do. Australian here.
No. Do you say *Hódmezővásárhely* to estimate one second of time? There.
no we count Mississippilessly.
I'm irish and I do. I'm pretty sure there's an episode of the Young Offenders, an Irish comedy, where Connor does CPR with the Mississipi count. I think the classic thing is 'One, one thousand, two, one thousand...' and the Mississippi thing came over here with US films and TV shows.
Bee Gees Staying Alive is the perfect beat/timing for CPR... and a positive message :)
I thought British people said Picadilly...
I'm from the US and it's always seemed 50/50 whether people use Mississippi or one thousand. IDK which one I'd even use if you told me to pick one.
British here, in school I was taught to "Potato" to estimate one second.
Though it's kind of been muddled by school yard rhymes in my mind and now whenever I try to use it i find myself thinking "one potato, two potato, three potato, four (pause). Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more."
Crocodile, but Dutch
Een Krokodil, Twee Krokodil, Drie Krokodil
I like that it was an animal!
Hippopotamus is also used if somebody can't say Mississippi
Apparently Ohio doesn't know what or where Mississippi is via other comments.
I'm French and I've been told to do so by my driving instructor. Before that I didn't know it was a thing.
Nope. I guess, any 4-syllable word would do the trick.
Or, you do it like me, play the postman's 10-second minigame in Majora's Mask way too many times, and become a human stopwatch.
Do y'all actually use Mississippi in your head, when counting? I remember being like 5 or 6 and having perfect 1 second timing, so the only time I've ever said it is as a joke (namely the very long-hugging man from an episode of 30 Rock). Haha
I have used it that way since a child. I am Canadian. I do recall one kid used Mississauga but we laughed at him.
Here in South Africa we say One Crocodile, Two Crocodile.
I have done ever since I saw Raising Arizona.
In Germany we say: „Einindzwanzig, zweiundzwanzig…“ (21,22,…)
Not in Denmark. We use cases of beer, at least that's how I learned it as a kid. "En kasse øl, to kasser øl, tre kasser øl" etc.
I learned it as "One Jack Robinson".
My wife was taught "One rhinoceros".
Both in Queensland, Australia.
I do, I think it's because I watched alot of Friends
Here in Ontario I often hear people say Mississauga (a city here).
Just timed it. For me motherfucker works the best. An average of 1.03 seconds. 25 trials.
Mississippi an average of 1.13 seconds 25 trials.
Anywhere that speaks English and has been exposed to aggressive cultural bombardment from US television and movies, yes.
I can vouch that non-english countries most certainly do not do this
I've heard it before but i was taught to add one thousand (so, one thousand and one, one thousand and two....) at school. My 6 year old uses elephants as a spacer.
One thousand in sweden, but ett tusen as its in swedish
yes ive seen people in anime do that
I'm Turkish and I always have, we don't have such estimation thing in Turkish, not any that I know of anyways.
Scotland here and I've always said one potato, two potato...
We italians say "Monte bianco 1","Monte bianco 2....
Monte Bianco is the italian name of Mont Blanque, the tallest montain in europe
Dutch, I use 'Small Elephant' (Olifantje)
European here. No.
Outside of the anglosphere, no
Uk here. We do. But it's not super common these days.
Sweden here, no we don't.
We say "Ettusen-1" - "Ettusen-2" aso. meaning "onethousand 1". Works perfect :)
I say hippocampus.
We are from Massachusetts. Our family (was probably weird) counted 1Massachusetts... 2Massachusetts...
What's the alternative? Counting mississipilessly?
That's how you become an 8
1 gonorrhoea, 2 gonorrhoea....