Tennis shoes, pop and ‘standing up’?

Alright, metro Detroit – I need all of you trend and language-aficionados out there to help me settle a meaningless debate I’m having with a friend of mine from Philly.

Here’s the rub. So, I’ve got this friend from Philadelphia – we’ll call him Philly-friend. Yesterday, Philly-friend called to tell me that a mutual friend of ours from New York – we’ll call him NY friend – got engaged over the weekend.

After a few minutes of talking, I asked Philly-friend the following question:

“Do you know who is standing for NY friend?”

Philly-friend’s response was: “Standing up? What the heck does that mean?”

I laughed, saying that everyone knows what standing up is. Philly-friend laughed back and said, “No, not everyone knows. I don’t.”

After explaining what it means to stand up in someone’s wedding, Philly-friend laughed again, saying he had never heard that term before and that it must be a “Detroit” or “Midwest” thing.

Help me out, Detroit: is ‘standing up’ Detroit-speak or is it just some weird phrase I picked up somewhere?

10 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

    makes complete sense to me, but i’m from here, so that doesn’t help… mgal might be able to help?

  2. Girl in the D (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Thanks, Baliad. It is helpful that you know what it is; that is part of what I am trying to figure out : )

  3. Jeff Widen (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:04 am

    I lived in New York for 33 years and have NOT heard the term used – BUT I imagine it is a practical joke where when the question: “Does anyone think that these two should not be married – please stand up now (or something like that)” and some idiotic prankish people stand-up to “freak people out”

  4. gero (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    I don’t know much about sneakers and soda, but I do know that when my lady-friend and I got hitched, our friends “stood” for us, and I’ve had the distinguished honor of “standing,” in turn at some of my friends’ nuptuals…

  5. max (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    i’m going to get a “pop” at the “party store”, anyone want anything”

  6. Girl in the D (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Jeff, if you don’t have people standing up for you in a wedding, what do you call it?

    Max, that is exactly what I would say about getting a pop at the party store, too : )

  7. mgal (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    “Attending” is common in New England

  8. Stephen (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    From Toronto here.. never heard of that one before. (And, I get married in 6 weeks too…)

    I get the idea of it, but haven’t heard it used.. sounds formalized.

  9. dsubaru (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 9:00 am

    “Standing-up” is real. It usually refers to the action of ‘standing up’ in someone’s wedding whether it is the groom’s best man or one of the groomsman’s party or it might be ‘standing up’ for the bride as the maid of honor or as a member of the bridal party.

    Do a ‘Google’. ‘Standing up’ is not just in Detroit, or the midwest.

  10. Girl in the D (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:10 am

    Thanks for the info., dsubaru!

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