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23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Ohio

Cleveland is the reason we’re cool.

1. Sports

What it means everywhere else: A fun and exciting form of entertainment where teams compete against another.
What it means in Ohio: A depressing and painful form of entertainment where the home team never wins and their best players are traded every other year — but for some reason their fans always have hope.

2. Jobs

What it means everywhere else: Working a paid position for compensation.
What it means in Ohio: Working three to four paid positions at several employers while barely managing to keep your bills paid off.

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3. Buckeyes

What it means everywhere else: The large nutlike seed of a shrub or tree.
What it means in Ohio: The large nutlike peanut butter treat of perfection, and the only athletes in the state who deserve enormously high salaries.

 

4. Music

What it means everywhere else: An art form consisting of sounds and melodies.
What it means in Ohio: A legendary art form that Ohioans happen to be AMAZING at — Kid Cudi, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl — just to name a few.

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5. Summer

What it means everywhere else: The season between spring and autumn, during the warmest months of the year.
What it means in Ohio: The season between spring and autumn, where the humidity will devour your soul.

6. Parks

What it means everywhere else: A large public green area in a city used for recreation.
What it means in Ohio: A large public green area in a city used for frisbee, football, family get togethers, kite-running, and just about anything you can imagine on a sunny day.

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7. Style

What it means everywhere else: A distinctive appearance, typically determined by a person’s attire.
What it means in Ohio: A distinctive appearance of black North Face jackets, fake tans, Ugg Boots, and athletic shorts worn by Ohioans day in and day out.

8. Tractors

What it means everywhere else: A wheeled vehicle mostly used by farmers.
What it means in Ohio: A vehicle that you can take to work, school, and if you’re hungry, 7-Eleven.

9. Local news

What it means everywhere else: News coverage of events in a local context.
What it means in Ohio: News coverage of insane and depressing events, like making love to a pool toy — or worse.

10. High school sweethearts

What it means everywhere else: Your significant other for most of your high school career.
What it means in Ohio: Your significant other for most of your high school career. You’ll marry this person, have babies, and annoy the world by posting adorable pics and updates to social media.

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11. Partying

What it means everywhere else: To enjoy yourself at a party or lively gathering, typically with drinking and music.
What it means in Ohio: To enjoy yourself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with any beer, any substance you can get your filthy paws on.

12. Voting

What it means everywhere else: To give or register your official choice regarding the politics of an election.
What it means in Ohio: To care about your state’s well-being for one moment out of the year.

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13. People-watching

What it means everywhere else: To spend time by observing others in a public place.
What it means in Ohio: To spend time by observing ridiculous people do amazing things in public places.

14. Workplace diversity

What it means everywhere else: The state of hiring people of
different races or cultures in a group or organization.
What it means in Ohio: The state of hiring minorities into a typical corporate franchise with racist employees and managers. Stick this person in the front so you don’t get fired.

15. Blight

What it means everywhere else: The decay and deterioration of an urban area due to neglect or age.
What it means in Ohio: The decay and deterioration around every corner of your neighborhood.

16. Drinking

What it means everywhere else: To take liquid into the mouth and swallow it.
What it means in Ohio: To take alcohol into the mouth and swallow it until you have a yellow license plate.

17. Prices

What it means everywhere else: The amount of money for which anything is bought or sold.
What it means in Ohio: The small amount of money you pay for drinks, food, and shelter. Good luck coping with $10 beers when you skip town.

18. Construction

What it means everywhere else: The process of building or repairing a large structure.
What it means in Ohio: The never-ending process of repairing roadways that keep you in traffic jams all year long.

19. Lakes

What it means everywhere else: A large body of water surrounded by land.
What it means in Ohio: A large body of water used for fishing, pregaming, swimming, rope swinging, and just about anything your little heart desires.

20. Potholes

What it means everywhere else: A depression or hollow in a road surface caused by wear or subsidence.
What it means in Ohio: A depression or hollow in a road surface that will cause you and your car’s tires an enormous amount of suffering.

21. Scenery

What it means everywhere else: A picturesque view of mountains, hills, and valleys that are pleasing to look at.
What it means in Ohio: A picturesque view of grass, open land, and the occasional farm animal.

22. Moving away

What it means everywhere else: To stop living in one place to go to live in another.
What it means in Ohio: To complain about living in Ohio but never leaving.

23. Neighbors

What it means everywhere else: A person who lives near your home.
What it means in Ohio: A person who lives near your home who’m you’ll do just about anything for — no matter what.

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