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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
17. “Raise Up”
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.”
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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