Daps is an old name for plimsolls. Not for trainers.
That's just a British term that British people abandoned when Americans started using it.
They are trained for combat and high stress situations. In those situations there is no time to be wasted on deciphering communications so everyone uses the same terminology for things so that nomenclature is not an issue. They're not doing that shit for laughs.I've lived in California my whole life, up and down the state. I do know people who say sneakers, but tennis shoes is definitely way more common.
I have always thought it was really weird that everyone calls general-purpose athletic shoes "tennis" shoes. I like trainers too, but I like it's more a British term? I've never actually been around anyone who's used that term.
I have a friend who's in the Coast Guard and apparently they call them "go-fasts," and you must call them that. You're punished if someone catches you saying "sneakers" or "tennis shoes" or whatever. Very bizarre, it's kind of creepy that they dictate what you call common items like that (they also call pens "ink sticks," and I can't remember any others right now but there were a handful of others), but it's also hilarious they force everyone to speak like a child.
i've been calling them jimmies since the day i was born and i'll call them jimmies until i die
Trainers is what we call them in the UK, and always have.
Same in the UK, but just swap Sneaker for Trainer.
You'll notice the Bay Area and SoCal are enclaves of 'water fountain' usage. I grew up in the Central Valley and we definitely said drinking fountain.