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Here Are The Best Slang Words From Each US State

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share which slang words are popular in their state. Here are some of the best results:

1. Alabama: "roll tide"

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"I know it's super stereotypical, but we literally say 'roll tide' for everything. It's a term used to greet someone, show agreement, or to show appreciation." —bjlaurasavage


5. California: "dude"

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"As a person who has lived in both Northern and Southern California, I can confirm that 'hella' is purely Northern California. But I do think that 'dude' is a universal California slang term." —Janice O

7. Connecticut: "packy store"

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"In Connecticut, we call beer/liquor stores 'package stores,' and it confuses pretty much everyone outside of the state. During prohibition, you’d go to get bootleg booze at a package store where they’d wrap it up for you, so as not to be too conspicuous." —bootiej


11. Hawaii: "da kine"

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"It’s a universal term for describing something, especially if you can’t remember the name of it. 'Where’s my wallet?' 'It’s on da kine *points to table*.'" —nessaw408cdcc02


13. Illinois: "gym shoes"

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"I'm not sure if this is specific to Chicagoans (or Illinoisans), but I was recently told that 'gym shoes' is not a universal thing. Like, everyone else calls them sneakers or something and I don’t think I’ve ever used the word 'sneakers' in my life before just now. It’s the shoes you wear in gym. Gym shoes." —michellesk


17. Kentucky: "coke"

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"In Kentucky, all soft drinks/sodas are coke. 'What kind of coke do you want?' 'Umm a Dr. Pepper.' What if you actually want a coke, you ask? Then you call it 'regular coke.'” —baileyh4

18. Louisiana: "cher"

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"In Louisiana, 'cher' — pronounced, and sometimes written, as 'sha' — which means 'cute' or something endearing. Common use is 'cher bebe,' meaning, 'what a cute baby.' It originated from Cajun French." —laurenandersona


23. Minnesota: "ohfer"

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"'Ohfer' is literally 'oh for,' as in 'Oh, for heaven's sakes.' We use it all the time with almost anything, especially as a way to emphasize what we're trying to say: 'Ohfer silly,' 'Ohfer stupid,' 'Ohfer nice,' 'Ohfer sure.'" —saramariem2


27. Nebraska: "you betcha"

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"Nebraskans, when experiencing something good, are fond of declaring, 'You betcha!' So, the player hits a three-pointer, and the crowd roars, 'Youuuuuuuu betcha!'" —rbmagee


30. New Jersey: "down the shore"

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"In New Jersey, we refer to the beach as 'down the shore,' which basically refers to every beach in South Jersey, including Long Branch, Lavallette, Long Beach Island, etc." —miagg7

31. New Mexico: "all"

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"In New Mexico, we say 'all' instead of words like 'very,' like 'It's all hot today' or 'He was all mad yesterday.' We also end questions with 'or no?' or 'or what?' Like, 'Do you want to eat, or no?'" —Lauren Bustamante, Facebook


39. Rhode Island: "bubbler"

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"I’m from Rhode Island, and we say 'bubbler' instead of 'water fountain.' I wasn’t aware that wasn’t the term outside of New England until I met my friend from Florida." —mikaylao468049aed


40. South Carolina: "might could"

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"I hear a lot of South Carolinians say 'might could' instead of just 'could.' As in, 'We might could do that, if you want to.'" —Beth White, Facebook

42. Tennessee: "buggy"

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"In Tennessee, we say 'buggy' instead of 'shopping cart.' All of my friends in other (even southern) states make fun of me for it, but it’s the norm here." —trilbyy


50. Wyoming: "barking squirrels"

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Editor's note: Well, no one submitted anything for Wyoming, so I looked it up and apparently prairie dogs are referred to as "barking squirrels" there. So there's that.

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