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View Poll Results: Do you top up or top off?
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#1 of 22 Old 07-10-2012, 01:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I use "top off", as in you top off the gas, or you top off your glass of water....

 

I see a lot of folks using "top up" though.  Is this a regional thing?


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I'm betting regional.  I mostly hear top up here.

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I grew up in Alabama, live in Kentucky, and my husband is from Indiana. I've never heard anyone say "top up".

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I've never heard anyone say "top off" in Australia. Unless they were talking about removing the lid from something, as in "I can't get the top off this jar".

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I've never in my life heard "top up" and I've lived in Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Maryland and California.
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I have heard both but "fill you up" and "fill your cup" is the most common around here.
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Huh. Never heard "top off" until now.


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I've never heard "top off" or "top up" before this thread!
 


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Never heard of "top up".  I'm from West Virginia then Virginia then Pennsylvania then New York.  "Top off,"  yes, "Top up," don't know what that means.  I've heard it used in complete complete sentences like:  "Top up the Rock" (which in slang means "top of the Rockefeller Center") but not in relation to anything practical.


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See, this is fascinating! LOL  I grew up in Colorado, and never heard "top up" until I was around 30.  I hear both here in Oregon.


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I'm a lifelong British Columbian. I''ve heard "top off", but not often. "Top up" is much more common here, I think.


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I've lived in FL and CT, and I've never heard "top up."

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I don't say either personally.

I don't know what other people usually say as I've never paid attention. Maybe I have heard both because neither seems odd to me. I'd understand either phrase to mean they wanted to put more liquid in my beverage cup.
 


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Fill up and top off sound right to me. I'm from Pennsylvania but all my relatives are from Illinois and Wisconsin which influences my speech (I have people from the same place as I am from asking me where I am from!)


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I'm in the Pacific Northwest and have also lived in the Midwest--never heard "top up."


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Is "top up" the preferred way of our Canadian friends then?

 

I have never heard it before here, and I was raised in the New York metro area, and then lived in Richmond, VA and am now in Central Texas.


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Born and raised in BC, have only ever heard top up,  have never heard top off.

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albertan and only have heard top up. i've never heard top off.


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I'm a life long (nearly) BC'er and I've only ever heard "top up" or "fill up", in reference to drink glasses and gas tanks.  I don't think it would immediately register with me what it would mean if someone said "Top off".  To me that only means "take your shirt off" or "take the lid off".

 

A lot of Canadian saying are based on British/UK pronounciations and words though.  I wonder if this is an example?  Anyone from the UK who can chime in?

 

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I'm a lifelong British Columbian. I''ve heard "top off", but not often. "Top up" is much more common here, I think.


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I am reading a book by a British author and it has the phrase "top up" in it. It probably does have a lot to do with the British influence.
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I mostly hear topping off with gas, the signs are there on the pumps not to top off.  Or if someone is refilling your coffee.  I've lived on both coasts of the US, so I guess it is a US thing.

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Never heard of "top up." Even all the gas stations here (CA) have signs saying "Do Not Top Off." Yes, I do it anyway too. "Top up" is kind of hard to say,,,

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