Help support TMP

"#1 Slang by State" Topic

16 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Travel Plus Board

Back to the Language Plus Board

680 hits since 2 Sep 2015
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

boy wundyr x Inactive Member02 Sep 2015 3:34 p.m. PST

Slate has come up with their list of the #1 slang word (based on their own subjective criteria, which they explain) for each state in the US:

Comments as a Canadian:
1) Sourdough, Snowbird, Mess, Kybo translate here as well.
2) I really thought "hella" was just a made-up South Park thing.
3) Some states – looking at you Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Missouri – need to try harder (or Slate does).
4) Rhode Island, please explain yourself.

A lot of the rest though demonstrate some unexpected hipness, I'll have to try and remember some of these.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Sep 2015 4:48 p.m. PST

oh my

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2015 5:51 p.m. PST

"Yinz" is Pittsburgh.
"Hainna?" is up where I come from.

Pennsylvania is really three different states.

jpattern2 Inactive Member02 Sep 2015 7:06 p.m. PST

Good to see "Cackalacky" on the list.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2015 7:53 p.m. PST

"Runza" is not Nebraska slang, it's what the damned things are called. Also the name of a fast food chain that serves them. It's not like the regional differences in subs/hoagies/grinders/heros. They're delicious, BTW.

The Maryland "hon" is really confined to white, working class Greater Baltimore and parts of the Shore. If you don't hear it spoken in it's native accent, you can't grasp it's awful majesty.

In the same vein, "wicked" can't truly be appreciated unless it's coming out of the mouth of a Bostonian, especially a Southie.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2015 8:26 p.m. PST

I've lived in Tennessee for going on nigh thirty years, and I've never heard anyone say "whirlygust."
Before that, I was in Bama, and "cattywampus" wasn't to be heard there, either.

Atomic Floozy02 Sep 2015 9:19 p.m. PST

I've lived in Texas for all of my life & I've only heard "hoss" used 2 or 3 times.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2015 11:49 p.m. PST

'Nabs' for commercial peanut butter crackers (specifically
the products of the Lance Corporation) is common
throughout the South.

'Cackalacky' is 'Carolina' and is commonly in use in
both states

'Snowbird' has been in common use in Florida for decades
as a term for people escaping Northern winters.

'Shucky-darn' I've heard all my life in North Carolina.

Uff Da is a Norwegian phrase. My step-mom used it a
lot (her parents were from Norway and came to the US
to Wisconsin)

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2015 5:55 a.m. PST

As Ed says uff da or huff da, is norwegian.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2015 8:17 a.m. PST

The Wisconsin slang, TYME, stands for Take Your Money Everywhere. That started when ATM's were new and has stuck since. Real slang would be, Bubbler. Wisconsin was the first place I heard that for water fountain.

jtkimmel03 Sep 2015 12:04 p.m. PST

Lived in eastern PA 40+ years, never heard anyone say "Yinz". Winston must be right that its a Pittsburgh thing. Philly slang should be "Iggles" or "Wudder" (referencing our football team and water in general, water ice is quite popular here).

My relatives from Taxechusetts say "wicked" all the time, gets very annoying, so they are right on that one I think.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Sep 2015 12:38 p.m. PST

"Dout" Never heard it. However to not use any form of "to be" is a regionalism

"that car needs fixed"

dandiggler03 Sep 2015 12:43 p.m. PST

Yinz is indeed a Pittsburgh thing.

But for Philly – No jawns up in here though? We've got a problem!

Texas Jack03 Sep 2015 2:26 p.m. PST

I agree with Atomic Floozy, "hoss" ainīt it for Texas. And we would never truss a pig in Texas, sounds more like an Iowa thing to me.

I think the best one word slang for Texas would be yeahbuddy!

Ditto Tango 2 3 Inactive Member03 Sep 2015 5:50 p.m. PST

2) I really thought "hella" was just a made-up South Park thing.

YouTube link laugh

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2015 1:24 p.m. PST

According to a cousin in Pennsylvania who studies
these things, 'yinz' is no more nor less than a
contraction of 'you'uns'.

I asked for a citation – she said it was a car made by
Chevy years ago.

So much for academic integrity….:-)

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.