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Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 21, 2022
Pismo Beach, California
What are some words that someone from only your area would immediately get?

Not sure if anyone outside Toronto would call Toronto "the Six" (referring to their 416 area code).
That's interesting. I have family in Kitchener, visited there often, and yet I've never heard the term "the six".

Where I live in California is in a county called "San Luis Obispo". Locals just refer to it by its acronym SLO, which they say as "slow". It's sometimes funny in the way its used. For example, the busses are all labeled "SLO transit"
Jul 26, 2021
The Six in Meteo Detroit is for the city of Novi. It was suppsoedly the number 6 train stop (No. VI hence Novi), but there has been some dispute.

Michigan has a lot of quirks. Like Yoopers for people living in the UP (upper peninsula) and Trolls for below the bridge (lower peninsula).

Michigan Lefts are a way of turning right at an intersection before making a U-turn to go left.

We also tend to measure distances by time instead of miles and have city and street names that are pronounced a lot different than they should be (Dequindre is D-quinn-der and Schoenherr is Shane-er).
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Can't Leave
Apr 11, 2022
Norwich, UK
The classic from my part of the UK is 'ha ya got a loight, boi?' - difficult to spell out phonetically! I don't hear people use that apart from as a joke. But two that do still get used (and I use them):

  • Saying something is 'on the huh' (meaning wonky)
  • Saying something or someone is a rummen (rum 'un, rum one - meaning it's a wrong one, weird one etc.)


Jul 30, 2016
Vegas Baby!!!
An odd one from my town Las Vegas

If you live here it’s Vegas it you’re from somewhere else it’s Sin City.

If you’re from Henderson, right next to Vegas, you’re from Hendertucky

A huge misconception, though not slang is that prostitution is legal.

It’s only legal in “the cow counties”


Aug 4, 2019
Cupacoffee (Cup of Coffee)
Youse Guys (You Guys)
Kaiser Roll (Hard Roll)
Schmear (A Little Bit of Butter/Cream Cheese)
Regular Coffee (Two Sugar’s and Cream)
House-ton Street (Houston Street)
Dirty Water Dog (Sabrett Hot Dog form a street vendor)
And a bunch of other way too inappropriate words for this forum. Being from Brooklyn, English is not our first language.


Can't Leave
Jul 13, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA
  • Yinz: 2nd person plural pronoun (like you all, youse, and y'all elsewhere)
  • Jumbo: sandwich bologna
  • Gumband: rubber band
  • Jag: thorn (as in "jagger bush" for a thorny bush) "Jag off" used to be local Pittsburghese for stupid or useless, but it's showing up in Hollywood production these days
  • Nebby: nosy (as in, "My nebby neighbor")
  • Slippy: slippery
  • Redd up: clean up
  • Seen: saw, as in, "I seen that movie."
I've spent a lifetime learning to suppress my Pittsburgh accent (another subject completely), but I still use many of these words. But never that last one (seen/saw). That one makes me crazy.
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Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 30, 2017
SAMPA - local name for the city of São Paulo; São Paulo usually refers to the state (unless the speaker is a gringo [see below])
Gringo - no, not a derogatory term for someone from North America; in Brazil it means anyone (including Brazilians) who isn't a local
Pingouso - alcoholic or drunk. Comes from 'Pinga' which is the local (to São Paulo) word for Cachaça [*]; there are rumoured to be over 200 slang/regional terms for this drink stemming from the days when the Portuguese rulers tried to ban it (to protect their trade in rum from elsewhere in the Portuguese empire)
Carioca - someone or something from Rio de Janeiro

Cachaça is made by distilling sugar raw cane syrup; whereas rum is made from processed/refined sugar cane syrup (usually molasses) - except for Rum from the French Caribbean which is made the same way as cachaça [despite this the EU recognises Cachaça as quite distinct from Rum - important when setting import quotas!]


Feb 21, 2013
Hey is a standard greeting in N.C. In the South, "Well bless his heart" can be meant sincerely or with stinging irony.

Our minister used the word lousy today, and he's from the Chicago area where I grew up and that was a common expression, whereas in other regions people don't know what you mean. It means deficient in quality.

Sundries is an old fashioned term now mostly used in the South or in rural areas in the Midwest, and it refers to the inventory of useful items in a general store.

In Missouri rural areas, people speak of "carrying someone," meaning to give them a ride in your car, like carry them to the barbershop, etc.
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