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Here Are The Best Slang Words From Each US State

Get to gettin' because it's deadass cold outside, y'all.

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

2. Alaska: "lower 48"

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"Alaskans refer to the rest of the US as the 'lower 48,' not counting Hawaii." —splishplashrain

3. Arizona: "snowbirds"

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Suggested by sunshinel49d577f6c.

Editor's note: Snowbirds are apparently people who travel to the Phoenix area for warmth during the winter months.

4. Arkansas: "up yonder"

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"In Arkansas, we say 'up yonder,' which could mean one mile or 20." —Jeri Dawn Lanenga, Facebook

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

6. Colorado: "fourteener"

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"For Colorado, it’s got to be 'fourteeners' or 'doing a fourteener.' AKA a hike that takes you to 14,000 feet." —elleh400b602e8

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

8. Delaware: "jeet"

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"In northern Delaware (and Philly), we say, 'jeet,' which means 'did you eat?' We all kinda run it together fast." —morganm46bf64fe2

9. Florida: "green"

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"We describe someone as 'flaw' or 'green' when they do something messed up. Like, 'that’s flaw AF' or 'you greeeeen.'" —ummmceline

10. Georgia: "get to gettin'"

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"'Get to gettin',' which means it's time to leave or go." —kellydunn060293

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

12. Idaho: "rig"

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"A 'rig' is the word for basically any personal vehicle larger than a sedan, especially a large truck or SUV." — KellyLizzyLucky

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

14. Indiana: "sweeper"

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"We call vacuum cleaners 'sweepers.' Ex: 'I need to sweep the house' (but with a vacuum)." —Lara Parker

15. Iowa: "padiddle"

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"'Padiddle' is what you yell when you see a car with one working headlight...then you promptly slap the roof of your car." —cmpb

16. Kansas: "ornery"

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"In Kansas, some people use the word 'ornery' to describe a troublemaker or curious kid/old person. Pronounced 'awwn-ree.'" —cheerfulk

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

19. Maine: "ayuh"

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"We say 'ayuh' instead of 'yes.'" —katied459c1b8ce

20. Maryland: "sice"

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"It means someone exaggerated something or you want someone to get you something: 'She siced it' or 'Hey, can you sice me that?'" —ashleyk448a25a3e

21. Massachusetts: "wicked"

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"In Massachusetts, we say 'wicked.' It's synonymous with 'very.' Ex: 'Going to the Red Sox game yesterday was wicked fun!'" —nicolef4b06f8aa9

22. Michigan: "pop"

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"We use 'pop' for soda." —t49474a7bc

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

24. Mississippi: "bless your heart"

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"In Mississippi, 'bless your/his/her/their heart' means 'fuck you/him/her/them.'" —Nathan

25. Missouri: "hoosier"

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Suggested by staceyl42698c450.

26. Montana: "whiskey ditch"

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"Instead of ordering a 'whiskey and water,' we say 'whiskey ditch.'" —LalaLea

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

28. Nevada: "for sure"

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Suggested by skyhighse.

29. New Hampshire: "wicked"

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"In New Hampshire, and pretty much all of New England, we say, 'wicked' when something is really good or awesome." —j4b7652776

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

32. New York: "deadass"

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"In New York, we say 'deadass' a lot. It can be a question, a confirmation, or it can be used to to describe the severity of something." —darwinramonj

33. North Carolina: "yonder"

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"In North Carolina, we refer to a place as 'yonder.' It can mean across the street or across town." —lawrenm

34. North Dakota: "uff da"

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"'We use 'uff da' whenever you're exasperated or surprised or upset." —l44fdcf901

35. Ohio: "please"

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"We like to say 'please.' So, for example, if someone says something and you don't hear them clearly, you say, 'please?'" —Holly Williams, Facebook

36. Oklahoma: "fixin' to"

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"'Fixin' to,' which means 'getting ready to.'" —hollyb417bfee54

37. Oregon: "the coast"

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"We refer to the beach as 'the coast.'" —adamjunrein

38. Pennsylvania: "jagoff"

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"'Jagoff,' which pretty much means a douchebag." —Vermor

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

41. South Dakota: "taverns"

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"In South Dakota, sloppy joes are called 'taverns.'" —lisl

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

43. Texas: "y'all'd've"

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"My personal favorite: 'Y'all'd've' = 'You all would have.' As in, 'Y'all'd've loved the movie last night.'" —Lauren Balentine, Facebook

44. Utah: "sluff"

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"In Utah, instead of saying you skipped class, you say I 'sluffed' class. I don't know where it came from, but that’s all any of us say." —izzyfergie

45. Vermont: "creemee"

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"In Vermont, a soft serve is known as a 'creemee.'" —gms802

46. Virginia: "brick"

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"'Brick' means a long time, far away, etc. Ex: 'I haven’t seen you in a brick.'" —emmaa49af86d46

47. Washington: "hella"

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"'Hella' is a Washington word!" —esahul

48. West Virginia: "holler"

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"Everyone in West Virginia calls roads 'hollers.' As in, 'We’re gonna run up the holler to Tudor's.'" —alainamariea

49. Wisconsin: "bubbler"

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"In Wisconsin, a water/drinking fountain is called a 'bubbler.'" —radiofreehayden

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.

And, finally, because I don't want "ope" to feel left out, here are all the states that use that word...a lot:

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...and "Y'all":

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