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But if you’re from these areas, these slang terms aren’t weird at all
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The Weirdest Regional Slang Across America

The Weirdest Regional Slang Across America

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America is a massive, eclectic country. Because of this, cultures vary greatly from region to region and state to state. This regional diversity not only means different signature dishes, etiquette practices, and holiday traditions — it also means that people speak differently. No, we’re not talking about accents. We’re talking about regional slang, youse guys.

“Auntie”

“Auntie”

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In Hawaii (and other regions across America), your auntie and uncle aren’t necessarily your parents’ siblings. They can be older family friends or just elders you respect.

“Banana Belt”

“Banana Belt”

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While this sounds like an odd fashion statement, a banana belt is actually the warmest region of an otherwise frigid region. Leave it up to the Alaskans for having a phrase for that!

“Bubbler”

“Bubbler”

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While most of the United States debates whether that thing at the park is a water fountain or drinking fountain, Wisconsinites are over there calling this hydration contraption a bubbler.

“Cattywampus”

“Cattywampus”

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This peculiar Southern phrase means pretty much what it sounds like: something that’s a little crooked and a little out of whack. It’s the perfect word to describe all those back roads in Alabama.

“Clicker”

“Clicker”

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If you’re binge-watching Netflix and shoving popcorn down your gullet with someone from the East Coast, they may ask you to pass the clicker. That would be the remote control to most Americans.

“Cream Cheese”

“Cream Cheese”

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We all know what cream cheese is, right? It’s that soft, mild tasting food product that is oh-so-delicious on a bagel. Nope! In Louisiana, cream cheese refers to what the rest of America calls cottage cheese. Confusing, right?

“Coke”

“Coke”

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“What kind of Coke do you want me to get?” is a phrase you’ll actually hear in the South. While Coke refers to Coca-Cola (or maybe Diet Coke) in most of the world, in certain areas of the country, it literally means any kind of fizzy beverage.

“Devil Strip”

“Devil Strip”

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You know that little bit of grass between the sidewalk and the street? What’s that called? In Akron, Ohio, it’s referred to as a “devil strip.”

“Frappe”

“Frappe”

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For most people in the United States, a frappe is a blended, iced coffee drink (you know, like you get at Starbucks). In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, if you order a frappe, you’re going to get a simple milkshake. No caffeine added.

“Gallery”

“Gallery”

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If your home has a gallery in Arkansas, you don’t live in a mansion with its own art museum. You simply have a porch.

“Hella”

“Hella”

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Before No Doubt turned this phrase in to a pop song in the mid-2000s, only West Coasters knew this phrase, which basically means “extremely.” If you use this when not singing along to the radio, it’s a sure sign you grew up in California.

“Leaf Peepers”

“Leaf Peepers”

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Those in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest may take for granted the glorious, rich shades of gold, red, and orange that leaves bring to the landscape in the autumn. But in New England, this phrase refers to city dwellers (often New Yorkers) who travel up the coast to take in some of that sweet, sweet fall foliage.

“Ope”

“Ope”

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Midwesterners are known for being friendlier than you, so if you bump in to them (or if they ram in to a chair), you’ll hear them exclaim “ope!”

“Packie”

“Packie”

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A pack mule? A package delivered from UPS? Nope. In New England, a packie is also known as a package store, aka a liquor store.

“Pitch-in Dinner”

“Pitch-in Dinner”

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This phrase, spoken by those in Indiana, is what it sounds like: A dinner where all diners bring a dish. Most of the U.S. calls this a potluck, but certain regions call this party a scramble dinner (Illinois), carry-in (Midwest) or a tureen dinner (New York). No matter what you call it, be sure to bring these dishes.

“Tiki Tiki”

“Tiki Tiki”

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No, you’re not going to a luau. People from Miami refer to the often irritating sound of typing on a keyboard or texting with the volume on your phone turned up as a “tiki tiki.”

“Wapatuli”

“Wapatuli”

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Every college kid has had this “cocktail.” You show up to a party, everyone throws in whatever cheap vodka, Everclear, or rum they can procure. You throw in some fruit juice if you’re feeling fancy, and chug. Most call this concoction jungle juice, but in Wisconsin, it’s a wapatuli.

“Washateria”

“Washateria”

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You eat in a cafeteria, and you do your laundry in a washateria. At least, that’s the case if you grew up in Texas. What most people call a laundromat, Texans refer to by this fun portmanteau.

“Wrench”

“Wrench”

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You should never wrench your chicken before cooking it. In most places, that means maybe hitting your chicken with your toolbox. In New Orleans, it means washing your chicken under running water. (And, seriously, it’s a bad idea.)

“Yinz”

“Yinz”

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English is a deeply flawed language, because it has no plural version of the word you. While “y’all,” “you guys,” and “youse” are pretty well known across America, those in Western Pennsylvania and Appalachia have defaulted to referring to multiple people as “yinz.” But these aren’t the only regional terms in America, check out the funniest slang phrase from every state.

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