Can You Guess the Most Popular Slang Term in Your State?

Kali Coleman
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If you've ever visited a state other than your own, you've probably been surprised to find that you don't understand everything that the natives are saying. In one southern state, for instance, it's not uncommon to hear the term Christmas being thrown around all 365 days of the year. And in another northeastern one, jimmy is more than just a nickname for James. Think you can determine which state is which based on its most popular slang word? Using language data compiled by gaming company Play NJ, we've created a quiz that will truly test your state slang knowledge. And for more wonky words, check out these 100 Slang Terms From the 20th Century No One Uses Anymore.

Bazz on is a slang phrase from which state?

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confused man, dumb man, new words coined

Hint: Make sure you grab a lobster roll if you find yourself in this state!

Maine

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maine state welcome sign

If you have a bazz on in Maine, it means you've had one too many in terms of alcoholic drinks. And for more tipsy states, check out This Is the Drunkest State in America.

Which state is known for saying cowboy up?

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worst fashion trends

Hint: This was the first state to elect a woman—Jeanette Rankin—to Congress. And for more female accomplishments, check out the Amazing Achievements by Women Every Year for the Last 50 Years.

Montana

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montana state welcome sign

If someone tells you to cowboy up in Montana, they're telling you to approach a difficult situation in a mature or adult way.

Chizhii is a word mainly used it which state?

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female wearing white T-shirt, feeling guilty, confused, making helpless gesture with hands, having Oops expression on her face. Human emotions and feelings, math jokes

Hint: This state has several nicknames, one of which is "The Grand Canyon State."

Arizona

arizona state welcome sign
arizona state welcome sign

If you hear someone from Arizona say that you have chizhii skin, you might want to grab some lotion. This adjective is used to describe something that's similar in texture to firewood—typically rough or dry skin. And for more funny phrases, check out These Are All of the Slang Terms You're Too Old to Use After 40.

Which state is known for the saying shark bait?

Thresher sharks
Thresher sharks

Hint: This state was the last one to actually join the United States.

Hawaii

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hawaii state welcome sign

You definitely don't want to be shark bait. This is a term used in Hawaii to describe tourists so pale that they attract sharks.

Which state uses the term gaper?

shocked man looking at phone, different word meanings
shocked man looking at phone, different word meanings

Hint: The United States Air Force Academy is located in this state.

Colorado

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colorado state welcome sign

You don't want to be a gaper in Colorado, seeing as this is a derogatory term for a novice skier. And for more terms from a long time ago, check out This Is the Most Popular Slang Word the Year You Were Born.

Stingray shuffle is a slang phrase used in which state?

stingray Sea Creatures That Sting
stingray Sea Creatures That Sting

Hint: This retirement-friendly state has the most golf courses in all of America.

Florida

florida state welcome sign
florida state welcome sign

In Florida, you'll want to make sure you know how to do the stingray shuffle. No, this isn't a fancy dance move—it's the act of moving your feet in the ocean to avoid stepping on a stingray.

Which state says bagging up?

old shopping bags
old shopping bags

Hint: This state was the first to ratify the constitution.

Delaware

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delware state welcome sign

In Delaware, bagging up is a good thing. It's simply a way of saying that someone is laughing. And for more fun phrases and facts delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Where would you hear the slang phrase quit being ugly?

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father yelling at son

Hint: This peachy state is home to one of the busiest airports in the world.

Georgia

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a blue "Welcome to Georgia" sign in front of trees and a building

In Georgia, when someone tells you to quit being ugly, "ugly" refers to your attitude. So anyone who uses this phrase is suggesting you alter your negative behavior.

Which state says long-hauled?

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worst state for millennials

Hint: This state's name translates to "snow-covered" in Spanish.

Nevada

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nevada state welcome sign

Long-hauled is slang you'll typically hear in Las Vegas, and it describes the practice of taxi drivers taking you on a longer route than necessary so they can overcharge you.

Which state uses the word peck?

Man Giving Woman Kiss on Cheek Romance
Man Giving Woman Kiss on Cheek Romance

Hint: In this state, "mountaineers are always free."

West Virginia

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west virginia state welcome sign

Peck is a unit of measurement in West Virginia, and it typically refers to a considerable amount of something.

Which state would you hear the term flatlander in?

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Italian countryside

Hint: This state's name means "green mountain" in French.

Vermont

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vermont state welcome sign

Are you a flatlander? If you're in Vermont and you're not native to the state, then the answer is yes.

Which state uses the slang term naptown?

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older woman sleeping, subtle symptoms of serious disease

Hint: Before he passed away, Elvis Presley actually held his last concert in this state.

Indiana

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indiana state welcome sign

Oddly enough, naptown refers to the busy city of Indianapolis, and doesn't actually have anything at all to do with napping.

Which state is known for saying buggy?

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fly on car windshield, wd40 uses

Hint: You can "discover the excellence" in this state.

Oklahoma

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oklahoma state welcome sign

In Oklahoma, this term has nothing to do with insects. If you're grocery shopping in this state, you'll need a buggy—or a shopping cart, as you probably know it.

Cripes is a common expression is which state?

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asian woman shock surprise

Hint: This state is the dairy capital of the country.

Wisconsin

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Wisconsin state welcome sign

When you yell cripes in Wisconsin, you're letting people know that you're surprised or confused.

Which state uses the slang term fixin?

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Man Fixing the Roof, relationship white lies

Hint: This state is notoriously hard to spell.

Mississippi

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mississippi state welcome sign

When you're fixin' to do something in Mississippi, then you're about to partake in a particular activity. For example, if you're about to go grocery shopping, you're fixin' to go to the store.

Hood is a common term heard in which state?

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woman wearing hoodie

Hint: This state's flag is the only one to feature different designs on each side.

Oregon

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oregon state welcome sign

Going to the Hood in Oregon? That just means you're scaling the state's tallest mountain, Mount Hood.

Which state uses the term sack?

Burlap sack tied at the top
Burlap sack tied at the top

Hint: This state is nicknamed "The Cave State."

Missouri

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missouri state welcome sign

Bringing your groceries home? Well, in Missouri, you're not bringing them back in a bag—you're bringing them back in a sack.

Which state uses the word Christmas as slang?

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woman putting gifts in christmas stockings

Hint: This state hosts the world's largest international hot air balloon festival every year.

New Mexico

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new mexico state welcome sign, iconic state photos

No, New Mexicans aren't looking for Santa Claus year-round. In this state, the term Christmas is used when someone wants both red and green chile on their dish.

Youse is a common term used in which state?

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middle-aged women standing outside, long marriage tips

Hint: Legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil hails from this state.

Pennsylvania

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pennsylvania state welcome sign

You guys, y'all, you all—they all mean the same thing. And in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the slang term of choice is youse. Youse better believe it!

Which state would you hear the word jimmy in?

Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon

Hint: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is from this state. And, if you're looking to test your state celebrity knowledge, find out if you Can Guess the State Based On Its Most Famous Celebrity.

Maryland

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maryland state welcome sign

Jimmy is another word for a male blue crab, of which there are plenty in the state of Maryland.

Which state says yums a lot?

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Photographer Taking a Picture of Food Unique College Courses

Hint: This state was the birthplace of the first Pizza Hut.

Kansas

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kansas state welcome sign

If you were to post a photo of your food on social media in Kansas, you would tag it as #yums. As you might have already guessed, using this term would simply indicate that you found your food to be, well, yummy!

Which state uses the word grabowski?

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old woman is confused while having a conversation on the phone

Hint: Former president Barack Obama is a big deal in this state.

Illinois

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illinois state welcome sign

Grabowski is generally used in reference to the large Polish-American population in Illinois. However, the slang term is hardly an insult; rather, it's seen as a term of endearment and is primarily used to describe someone as hardworking.

Pass a good time is a phrase native to which state?

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woman and man laughing in conversation at a cocktail party, bad jokes

Hint: The capitol building for this state is the tallest one in the United States.

Louisiana

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louisiana state welcome sign

In Louisiana, to pass a good time simply means to have fun.

Which state uses the word benny?

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bad jokes that are actually funny

Hint: Ever wondered where the street names of the properties in Monopoly come from? They're all in this state.

New Jersey

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new jersey state welcome sign

Being a benny in New Jersey isn't exactly a good thing. The term is a derogatory name for Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, and New York-area residents who flock to the Jersey Shore in the summer—something Snooki and The Situation have probably heard before.

Which state would you hear the phrase bowed up in?

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woman annoyed at a buzzkill, new words coined

Hint: The only active diamond mine in the United States is located in this state.

Arkansas

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arkansas, state welcome sign

When you've reached the end of your patience, you can say that you're bowed up. This phrase comes from the way a snake bows up its head before it strikes.

Which state uses the phrase couple two three?

Hint: This is the least populous state in the country.

Wyoming

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wyoming state welcome sign

If someone in Wyoming tells you something will take a couple two three or they want a couple two three of something, they are simply using their state's vernacular to say "a few."

In which state would you hear someone use the term grill?

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black family grilling outside, father's day gifts, empty nest

Hint: The first ever capital of the United States was in this state.

New York

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new york state welcome sign

If you grill someone in New York, it has nothing to due with the barbecue; rather, it means you're staring at them. So, the next time you visit The Big Apple, don't be afraid to tell people to stop grilling you so hard!

Happier than a pig in mud is a common phrase in which state?

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animal jokes- laughing pigs

Hint: You might see some "beautiful places" and "smiling faces" in this state.

South Carolina

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south carolina state welcome sign

In South Carolina, happier than a pig in mud means exactly what it sounds like. It's used to describe extreme jubilation—the same happiness that a pig feels when it's rolling around in a cool patch of mud.

Dunks is a slang term in which state?

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basketball sits on court with hoop in background

Hint: You might want to keep a close eye on your tea in this state.

Massachusetts

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massachusetts state welcome sign, iconic state photos

In Massachusetts, you're likely to hear "I'm going Dunks"; it's a shorter way of explaining you're hitting up Dunkin' Donuts, which was founded in the state.

Where would you hear the phrase potato drop?

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bag of potatoes, state slang

Hint: Unsurprisingly, this state is known for its potatoes.

Idaho

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idaho state welcome sign

The potato drop is a unique Idaho tradition. It's a New Year's event much like the ball drop in New York City's Times Square—but instead of a ball that's lowered, it's a giant glowing potato.

Which state is known for the slang word late?

man running late checking watch
man running late checking watch

Hint: This state's license plates boast that it was "First in Flight."

North Carolina

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north carolina state welcome sign

Late in North Carolina doesn't mean that someone's running behind. For people in North Carolina, it just refers to any time after 6 p.m.

Which state is known for its puppy chow?

Dog Sitting By a Bowl of Dog Food
Dog Sitting By a Bowl of Dog Food

Hint: This state is home to Snake Alley, which has been called "the most crooked street in the world."

Iowa

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iowa state welcome sign

This snack—usually made with cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and more—has its fair share of nicknames: monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munch, reindeer chow…the list goes on. However, the popular snack is referred to as puppy chow in Iowa, so that's what you should ask for if you're craving the decadent treat.

Where would you hear the term 'ville?

Louisville, KY skyline
Louisville, KY skyline

Hint: This state hosts a famous horserace that shares its name.

Kentucky

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kentucky state welcome sign

People in Kentucky use the term 'ville to refer to the city of Louisville.

Oh for is a common phrase in which state?

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old people talking lies over 40

Hint: This state is known for the famous Mall of America.

Minnesota

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minnesota state welcome sign

When you say oh for in Minnesota, you can follow it up with a veritable number of words, ranging from cute to sure. Just make sure that whatever you use is positive, seeing as this phrase is meant to show excitement or delight.

Where can you find the phrase red beer?

red beer
red beer

Hint: When you visit this state, you won't want to miss its weird roadside attractions. (Carhenge, anyone?)

Nebraska

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nebraska state welcome sign

If you're in Nebraska, try a red beer. It's beer mixed with tomato juice—and sometimes, a shot of hot sauce, too.

Apizza is a slang term in which state?

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apizza, new haven pizza

Hint: This state has only bore one president: George W. Bush.

Connecticut

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connecticut state welcome sign, iconic state photos

Apizza doesn't refer to any old pizza in Connecticut. Rather, it's the popular, thin-crust, New Haven-style of pizza that's similar to traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in coal-fired brick ovens.

Which state is known for the term Dakrat?

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confused woman hard words to pronounce

Hint: This is the only state with a state-owned bank.

North Dakota

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north dakota state welcome sign

If you're in North Dakota, you might come across a Dakrat, otherwise known as a Richardson's ground squirrel.

Which state is known for saying hella?

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Happy Couple Laughing Healthy Man

Hint: This Golden State is also the most populous in the country.

California

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california state welcome sign

Though it's now a mainstream slang term, hella originated as slang in California. Basically, it's just used to replace the word very in any given sentence.

Bang a U-ey is a common phrase in which state?

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woman smiling while driving in the car, worst things about the suburbs

Hint: In this state, you "live free or die."

New Hampshire

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new hampshire state welcome sign

Did you bang a U-ey in New Hampshire? No worries—it's nothing bad. It just means you made a U-turn.

Which state uses the word fudgie?

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pieces of fugde, state slang

Hint: This is the only state consisting of two different peninsulas.

Michigan

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michigan sign

If you're a fudgie in Michigan, then you're a tourist in the northern Lower Peninsula or on Mackinac Island. This name derives from the fact that so many of these tourists end up spending most of their time in the popular fudge shops found in the area.

Awful awful is a phrase you'd hear in which state?

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guy looks disgusted

Hint: It was the last of the 13 original colonies to become a state.

Rhode Island

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rhode island welcome sign

If you're having an awful awful in Rhode Island, it might not actually be so awful. It's a tasty milkshake native to the state—a concoction of whole milk, flavored syrup, and "secret" frozen ice milk.

Which state uses the phrase pert near often?

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things women don't understand about men

Hint: You can find an entire building made of corn in this state.

South Dakota

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south dakota state welcome sign

If you're saying something's pert near in South Dakota, you're just saying it's close by or "pretty near."

Outside is a slang term in which state?

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woman reading a book outside at sunset holding a cup, reducing alzheimer's risk

Hint: This state is home to the highest peak in North America.

Alaska

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alaska, state welcome sign

In Alaska, outside refers to any state that's not Alaska. Some people will use it only in terms of the mainland and thusly exclude Hawaii.

Smokies is a slang term in which state?

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sunset over great smoky mountains

Hint: Perhaps you should try volunteering in this state since it's called "The Volunteer State," after all.

Tennessee

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tennessee state welcome sign

In Tennessee, Smokies is just a local name for the Great Smoky Mountains found in the state.

Kicker is a slang term in which state?

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woman kickboxing

Hint: Everything's bigger in this state.

Texas

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texas state welcome sign

In Texas, if you're giving the kicker, you're giving the last and most persuasive reason or argument in a conversation.

Which state is known for saying sluff?

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woman looking surprised at phone commonly misused phrases

Hint: This state is known for its large Mormon population.

Utah

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utah state sign

You'll often find kids wanting to sluff in Utah. This slang term refers to when someone skips or ditches something boring, like class.

Buckeye is a slang term from which state?

Ohio buckeye tree and nut
Ohio buckeye tree and nut

Hint: Aviation heroes the Wright Brothers grew up in this state.

Ohio

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ohio state welcome sign

In Ohio, buckeye is versatile word. It can describe a native Ohioan, the previously pictured tree and its accompanying nut, and a chocolate-covered peanut butter candy popular in the state.

Yonder is a word often heard in which state?

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Pointing Index Finger Craziest Corporate Policies

Hint: This state is for lovers.

Virginia

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virginia state welcome sign

In Virginia, yonder refers to a distance rather than a location. So, if a Virginia native says that something is "over yonder," then what they mean is that it's within sight.

Pre-funk is a slang term from which state?

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friends singing karaoke

Hint: It's the only state named after a United States president.

Washington

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washington state welcome sign

In Washington, pre-funk refers to what most people would call a pre-game. It's that time before attending an event or function when you gather with friends and have a few drinks.

A ways is common slang in which state?

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Road Warning Signs

Hint: This state is known for its crimson tide—and accompanying pride.

Alabama

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alabama state welcome sign, iconic state photos

In Alabama, when someone says that something is a ways away, they can mean anything from 10 minutes to two hours. It's a measurement of time that isn't particularly specific.