Here Are The Best Slang Words From Each US State

Ever traveled outside your state’s borders and heard a phrase that made you stop in your tracks and cock your head like a bewildered dog? Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Recently Buzzfeed asked its community to share which strange slang words are used from their home state. And from there they were able to unearth the most popular slang terms used in each state that’ll ensure you can get back to sampling the local cuisine without pulling out a dictionary every five minutes. You’re welcome.

50. Wyoming: “barking squirrels”

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“In Wyoming, we call prarie dogs ‘barking squirrels’ because Wyoming” – Buzzfeed Community

49. Wisconsin: “bubbler”

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“In Wisconsin, a water/drinking fountain is called a ‘bubbler.'” – Buzzfeed Community

48. West Virginia: “holler”

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“Everyone in West Virginia calls roads ‘hollers.’ As in, ‘We’re gonna run up the holler to Tudors.'” – Buzzfeed Community

47. Washington: “hella”

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“‘Hella’ is a Washington word!” – Buzzfeed Community

46. Virginia: “brick”

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“‘Brick’ means a long time, far away, etc. Ex: ‘I haven’t seen you in a brick.'” – Buzzfeed Community

45. Vermont: “creemee”

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“In Vermont, a soft serve is known as a ‘creemee.'” – Buzzfeed Community

44. Utah: “sluff”

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“In Utah, instead of saying you skipped class, you say I ‘sluffed’ class. I don’t know where it came from, but that’s all any of us say.” – Buzzfeed Community

43. Texas: “y’all’d’ve”

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“My personal favorite: ‘Y’all’d’ve’ = ‘You all would have.’ As in, ‘Y’all’d’ve loved the movie last night.'” – Buzzfeed Community

42. Tennessee: “buggy”

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“In Tennessee, we say ‘buggy’ instead of ‘shopping cart.’ All of my friends in other (even southern) states make fun of me for it, but it’s the norm here.” – Buzzfeed Community

41. South Dakoa: “taverns”

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“In South Dakota, sloppy joe’s are called ‘taverns.'” – Buzzfeed Community

40. South Carolina: “might could”

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“I hear a lot of South Carolinians say ‘might could’ instead of just ‘could.’ As in, ‘We might could do that, if you want to.'” – Buzzfeed Community

39. Rhode Island: “bubbler”

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“I’m from Rhode Island, and we say ‘bubbler’ instead of ‘water fountain.’ I wasn’t aware that wasn’t the term outside of New England until I met my friend from Florida.” – Buzzfeed Community

38. Pennsylvania: “jagoff”

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“‘Jagoff,’ which pretty much means a douchebag.”  – Buzzfeed Community

37. Oregon: “the coast”

“We refer to the beach as ‘the coast.'” – Buzzfeed Community

36. Oklahoma: “fixin’ to”

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“‘Fixin’ to,’ which means ‘getting ready to.'” – Buzzfeed Community

35. Ohio: “please”

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“We like to say ‘please.’ So, for example, if someone says something and you don’t hear them clearly, you say, ‘please?'” – Buzzfeed Community

34. North Dakota: “uff da”

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“‘We use ‘uff da’ whenever you’re exasperated or surprised or upset.” – Buzzfeed Community

33. North Carolina: “yonder”

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“In North Carolina, we refer to a place as ‘yonder.’ It can mean across the street or across town.” – Buzzfeed Community

32. New York: “deadass”

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“In New York, we say ‘deadass’ a lot. It can be a question, a confirmation, or it can be used to to describe the severity of something.” – Buzzfeed Community

31. New Mexico: “all”

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“In New Mexico, we say ‘all’ instead of words like ‘very,’ like ‘It’s all hot today’ or ‘He was all mad yesterday.’ We also end questions with ‘or no?’ or ‘or what?,’ like, ‘Do you want to eat, or no?'” – Buzzfeed Community

30. New Jersey: “down the shore”

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“In New Jersey, we refer to the beach as ‘down the shore,’ which basically refers to every beach in South Jersey, including Long Branch, Lavalette, Long Beach Island, etc.” – Buzzfeed Community

29. New Hampshire: “wicked”

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“In New Hampshire, and pretty much all of New England, we say, ‘wicked’ when something is really good or awesome.” – Buzzfeed Community

28. Nevada: “for sure”

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“In Nevada, everyone always says ‘for sure’ – regardless of the situation.” –Buzzfeed Community

27. Nebraska: “you betcha”

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“Nebraskans, when experiencing something good, are fond of declaring, ‘You betcha!’ So, the player hits a three-pointer, and the crowd roars, ‘Youuuuuuuu betcha!'” – Buzzfeed Community

26. Montana: “whisky ditch”

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“Instead of ordering a ‘whiskey and water,’ we say ‘whiskey ditch.'” – Buzzfeed Community

25. Missouri: “hoosier”

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“In Missouri, we always say ‘hoosier’ when describing a local” – Buzzfeed Community

 24. Mississippi: “bless your heart”

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“In Mississippi, ‘bless your/his/her/their heart’ means ‘fuck you/him/her/them.'” –Buzzfeed Community

23. Minnesota: “ohfer”

“‘Ohfer’ is literally ‘oh for,’ as in ‘Oh, for heavens sakes.’ We use it all the time with almost anything, especially as a way to emphasize what we’re trying to say: ‘Ohfer silly,’ ‘Ohfer stupid,’ ‘Ohfer nice,’ ‘Ohfer sure.'” – Buzzfeed Community

22. Michigan: “pop”

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“We use ‘pop’ for soda.” – Buzzfeed Community

21. Massachusetts: “wicked”

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“In Massachusetts, we say ‘wicked.’ It’s synonymous with ‘very.’ Ex: ‘Going to the Red Sox game yesterday was wicked fun!'” – Buzzfeed Community

20. Maryland: “sice”

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“It means someone exaggerated something or you want someone to get you something: ‘She siced it’ or ‘Hey, can you sice me that?'” – Buzzfeed Community

19. Maine: “ayuh”

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“We say ‘ayuh’ instead of ‘yes.'” – Buzzfeed Community

18. Louisiana: “cher”

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“In Louisiana, ‘cher’ — pronounced, and sometimes written, as ‘sha’ — which means ‘cute’ or something endearing. Common use is ‘cher bebe,’ meaning, ‘what a cute baby.’ It originated from Cajun French.” – Buzzfeed Community

17. Kentucky: “coke”

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“In Kentucky, all soft drinks/sodas are coke. ‘What kind of coke do you want?’ ‘Umm a Dr. Pepper.’ What if you actually want a coke, you ask? Then you call it ‘regular coke.’” – Buzzfeed Community

16. Kansas: “ornery”

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“In Kansas, some people use the word ‘ornery’ to describe a trouble maker or curious kid/old person. Pronounced ‘Awwn-ree.'” – Buzzfeed Community

15. Iowa: “padiddle”

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“‘Padiddle’ is what you yell when you see a car with one working headlight…then you promptly slap the roof of your car.”  – Buzzfeed Community

14. Indiana: “sweeper”

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“We call vacuum cleaners ‘sweepers.’ Ex: ‘I need to sweep the house’ (but with a vacuum).” – Buzzfeed Community

13. Illinois: “gym shoes”

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“I’m not sure if this is specific to Chicagoans (or Illinoisans), but I was recently told that ‘gym shoes’ is not a universal thing. Like, everyone else calls them sneakers or something and I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘sneakers’ in my life before just now. It’s the shoes you wear in gym. Gym shoes.” – Buzzfeed Community

12. Idaho: “rig”

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“A ‘rig’ is the word for basically any personal vehicle larger than a sedan, especially a large truck or SUV.” – Buzzfeed Community

11. Hawaii: “da kine”

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“It’s a universal term for describing something, especially if you can’t remember the name of it. ‘Where’s my wallet?’ ‘It’s on da kine *points to table*.'” – Buzzfeed Community

10. Georgia: “get to gettin”

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“‘Get to gettin’,’ which means it’s time to leave or go.” – Buzzfeed Community

9. Florida: “green”

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“We describe someone as ‘flaw’ or ‘green’ when they do something messed up. Like, ‘that’s flaw af’ or ‘you greeeeen.'” – Buzzfeed Community

8. Delaware: “jeet”

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“In northern Delaware (and Philly), we say, ‘jeet,’ which means ‘did you eat?’ We all kinda run it together fast.” – Buzzfeed Community

7. Connecticut: “packy store”

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“In Connecticut, we call beer/liquor stores ‘package stores,’ and it confuses pretty much everyone outside of the state. During prohibition, you’d go to get bootleg booze at a package store where they’d wrap it up for you, so as not to be too conspicuous.” – Buzzfeed Community

6. Colorado: “fourteener”

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“For Colorado, it’s got to be ‘fourteeners’ or ‘doing a fourteener.’ Aka a hike that takes you to 14,000 feet.” – Buzzfeed Community

5. California: “dude”

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“As a person who has lived in both Northern and Southern California, I can confirm that ‘hella’ is purely Northern California. But I do think that ‘dude’ is a universal California slang term.” – Buzzfeed Community

4. Arkansas: “up yonder”

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“In Arkansas, we say ‘up yonder,’ which could mean one mile or 20.” – Buzzfeed Community

3. Alabama: “roll tide”

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“I know it’s super stereotypical, but we literally say ‘roll tide’ for everything. It’s a term used to greet someone, show agreement, or to show appreciation.” – Buzzfeed Community

2. Alaska: “lower 48”

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“Alaskans refer to the rest of the US as the ‘Lower 48,’ not counting Hawaii.” – Buzzfeed Community

1. Arizona: “snowbirds”

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“All these people who come in from the east coast for the sunny winters here in Arizona are called snowbirds” – Buzzfeed Community

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