He's so ugly he has to sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink! rubber-neck – to drive slowly so as to get a good look at a wreck or disabled vehicle on the side of the road. It’s just that these days, new terms tend to proliferate nationally over social media (and often after originating within queer and POC communities). You “bag up.”, For example: “I couldn’t get a sentence out straight; I was baggin’ up.”, The internet may be homogenizing the way we speak, but for now, we’ve still got ‘yinz’ and ‘jawn.’. TYME Machine stands for “Take Your Money Everywhere” and is used by banks in the region for what is commonly called an ATM in other parts of the country. We are no longer supporting IE (Internet Explorer), 13 foods that have totally different regional names.

Oh and I also found out when one is down South and you order an Ice Tea it's going to be Sweet Tea unless you say otherwise.

(Get your story straight, Jethro. These terms come from a list of the 50 most endangered regional words and phrases from around the country, compiled by podcasting network Acast in collaboration with the Dictionary of American Regional English. This article is from a variety of other articles, linked below, and, of course, I've added a few things that we actually say here-- although all of these are used here. The spoon-eaten treats are closer to what you’d call probably Italian ice, and locals say they’re way tastier than a convenience store slushie. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. (to) be too big for one’s britches – to think too highly of oneself, can’t carry a tune in a bucket – to be unable to sing at all, clod-hopper – large, heavy shoes like those worn by farmers, colder than a witch’s tit (in a brass bra in January) – the bit in parentheses simply adds some extra color to an already off-color (but quite effective) description of the weather, (gosh) dang/darn/dern – a cleaner version of a well-known, blasphemous expletive, dang/darn/dern tootin’ – an expression of agreement, as in, “Louella, you make the finest biscuits this side of the Mississippi.” “Dern tootin’.”, fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down – if someone is unbelievably unattractive, looking as though they’ve been hit with several ugly sticks, this is the proper way to express that ugliness, fixin’ to – getting ready/preparing to, as in, “I’m fixin’ to go to the Wal-Mart. It's hotter than flue gin! That would be the remote control to most Americans. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. (about an idea...), What's that got to do with the price of tea in China? He couldn't find water if he fell out of a boat! But in New England, this phrase refers to city dwellers (often New Yorkers) who travel up the coast to take in some of that sweet, sweet fall foliage.

That man/women/boy, is so dumb they couldn't manage a one car funeral. Then, these particular phrases are completely and totally normal. What most people call a laundromat, Texans refer to by this fun portmanteau. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts. The purpose: to reverse the homogenizing impact of radio, television and the internet on American slang. (Said because when a pig dies in the sun, the sun dries its skin, drawing its mouth back in a grin.).

To be sure, the production line of American slang is certainly not losing steam. Excerpted from Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide by Josh Katz, Copyright © 2016 by Joshua Alan Katz. So if you step into a not-so-clean restaurant, you might wrinkle your nose at how janky it is. On being dumb/crazy: He's couldn't pour piss out of a boot, with the directions written on the heel! Thus anything you definitely don’t need, and that might be detrimental to you in some way is described by this phrase. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Thanks for coming by! Top Creators. This wide regional diversity not only means different cuisine, etiquette practices and stores — it also means that people speak differently. Wisconsin knew what they were doing... And Cane Sugar in Georgia! He's so full of shit, his eyes are brown! Category:  I hope you enjoyed these! We also promote original commentary for in-depth discussions. The prevailing theory is that “jawn” came from the word “joint,” but at this point, the original meaning is besides the point. He could start an argument in an empty house. He's so fat, it takes two dogs to bark at him! (said to an unwelcome guest...). Native and longtime Alaskans call themselves “sourdoughs.” No, it doesn’t mean they have not-so-sweet personalities. We recommend our users to update the browser. We are no longer supporting IE (Internet Explorer) as we strive to provide site experiences for browsers that support new web standards and security practices. 1. Find out if you’re like the rest of us and mispronounce these common words, too.

No, we’re not talking about accents. He looked like he had been scared up out of a brush pile! Granted, we are the southern-most northern city and the northern-most southern city, nor are we an official part of the "deep south", (we didn't secede), but we love a good joke, and it IS a colorful way of speaking, without being tacky. We’re talking about regional slang, youse guys.From frappes in Massachusetts to bubblers in Wisconsin to the hella crazy West Coast, you’ll find baffling, peculiar regional slang all across the United States. Find out the 70 words and phrases you’re probably using all wrong. He was happier than a tornado in a trailer park!