18 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In North Carolina

“I’m gone to Carolina in my mind.”

1. Youngin’

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What it means everywhere else: Just a young person under the age of 18.

What it means in North Carolina: A young person under the age of 21 who literally can’t comment on the business of “grown folks.”

2. Snow

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What it means everywhere else: A light, flaky type of precipitation that falls from the sky every winter.

What it means in North Carolina: If it’s more than half an inch, the city is shutting down. Also, let’s just hope you get to the grocery store in time or you’ll be out of luck.

3. Blue

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What it means everywhere else: Literally just a color.

What it means in North Carolina: It’s still just a color, but you need to be specific. Do you mean Carolina blue or Duke blue?

4. Yonder

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What it means everywhere else: Literally no one else uses this word except North Carolinians.

What it means in North Carolina: Yonder signifies a location that’s so far out of reach you cannot even begin to describe it by any other name.

5. Bless Your Heart

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What it means everywhere else: A sincere, well-meaning phrase you say to someone who’s going through something bad.

What it means in North Carolina: A phrase you use when you want to be “nicety” (nice+nasty), but there’s definitely a shady undertone to it. Way more nasty than nice.

6. BBQ

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What it means everywhere else: Another word for grilling out.

What it means in North Carolina: A meat delicacy that varies by the region of N.C. that you’re in.

7. Fall

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What it means everywhere else: The season right before winter.

What it means in North Carolina: The best time of year for county fairs, tailgating, and football.

8. Sweet Tea

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What it means everywhere else: Brisk Iced Tea

What it means in North Carolina: A delicious homemade beverage with at least five pounds of sugar. And it tastes best in a Mason jar.

9. NASCAR

What it means everywhere else: A bunch of cars going around in a circle for hours on end.

What it means in North Carolina: It’s a sport. It’s a religion. It’s a tradition.

10. Raleigh

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What it means everywhere else: The capital of North Carolina, part of the Research Triangle.

What it means in North Carolina: A place that makes you wonder why Charlotte isn’t the capital of the state.

11. Hey Y’all

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What it means everywhere else: Everywhere else this just means “you guys.”

What it means in North Carolina: A standard greeting for anyone no matter the age. It’s also used in maybe 90% of our sentences.

12. Late

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What it means everywhere else: Any time after 11:00 p.m.

What it means in North Carolina: Any time after 6:00 p.m.

13. 23

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What it means everywhere else: The number after 22 and before 24.

What it means in North Carolina: Refers to the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Additionally, people sometimes refer to their 23rd birthday in North Carolina as their “Jordan year.”

14. Fixin’

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What it means everywhere else: No one says this outside of North Carolina.

What it means in North Carolina: You’re thinking about doing something, but you have to muster up the strength to actually do it. Also refers to making food.

15. Downtown

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What it means everywhere else: A huge, exciting place with multiple skyscrapers, clubs, and bars.

What it means in North Carolina: A few big buildings and maybe two bars.

16. Dook

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What it means everywhere else: Probably refers to poop or someone’s name.

What it means in North Carolina: A word for arguably the most loathed basketball team on the planet.

17. “Raise Up”

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What it means everywhere else: A cool song by Petey Pablo.

What it means in North Carolina: The anthem for our state. “Take ya shirt off, twist it ‘round ya head! Spin it like a helicopter.”

18. 336, 919, 252, etc.

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What it means everywhere else: Just a random three digit number.

What it means in North Carolina: Someone representing where they grew up. Shout out to the 336.

Rock on, North Carolina.

correction

This post has been updated with a picture of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. An earlier version of this post listed Bristol Motor Speedway.

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