Regional Lingo: My Lawd, That Kybo Is Poky as All Get Out!

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Regional Lingo: My Lawd, That Kybo Is Poky as All Get Out!
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Globalization and the Internet might mean the homogenization of most of our language, but for the moment, regional slang is still a thing. How much do you know about regional slang throughout America?
When are you most likely to head for the "boonies"?
when you have a wedding to plan
when you want some alone time
The "boonies" is short for "boondocks," and no matter how you spell it, it means you're heading for a more solitary place outdoors.
when your kids need you

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Where would you find a "chughole"?
in the sky
on a road
A "chughole" is a pothole in the middle of the road. "Danny, watch out for the chughole! Yer gonna pop a tire!"
under a house

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Why would someone be considered "arky"?
they are old-fashioned
If you're "arky," you're old-fashioned … like really old-fashioned, to the times of Noah's ark. Don't be arky unless you're past retirement age.
they are arthritic
they have no money

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In Iowa, if you're heading to the "kybo," where are you going?
to the outhouse
In parts of the Midwest, like Iowa, "kybo" refers to a portable toilet. "We're heading to the Hawkeyes game but first I need to use the kybo!"
to the grocery store
to school

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Where are snowmobiles called "snow machines"?
Iowa
Alaska
In Alaska, you don't ride snowmobiles through the snow. They are -- and will always be -- "snow machines."
Florida

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A "whoopensocker" is something that's very, very bad.
true
false
In the Wisconsin area, you might use "whoopensocker" to describe something that's extra-extraordinary, such as winning a million dollars or finding out you won your paternity suit. Like winning the lottery, this word probably exists mostly in academic fantasies.

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What do you mean if you say something is "mad"?
it's exceptional
"Dude, that new 3-D movie was mad technology!" In other words, it was exceptionally good.
it's large
it's angry

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In New Orleans, what would you call the road's median strip?
neutral ground
Down South, you might call the median "neutral ground." Cars generally veer from neutral ground to avoid, you know, totally wrecking each other.
no man's land
bumper kisses

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If you're in the willywags, where are you?
a coral reef
the middle of nowhere
If your friend says he's going hunting out in the willywags, he's heading out to the middle of nowhere -- perhaps a dense forest.
the big city

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In which part of the country would you be most likely to get "jimmies" on your ice cream?
Southern California
Southwest
East Coast
In parts of the East Coast, "jimmies" refers to the colorful sprinkles that go on ice cream.

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On the East Coast, what would you do with a "creemee"?
sell it in a dark alley
eat it
In some places, mostly the East Coast, "creemee" may refer to soft-serve ice cream. Some stores have delicious creemee, others, not so much.
put it in your pocket

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If you're "snoopy," you're what?
a person who hates privacy
a cartoon dog
picky about food
"Honey, if you didn't want chow mein, why didn't you tell me? You're so snoopy about food all the time!"

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In Colorado, what would you do with a "fourteener"?
set it on fire
eat it
climb it
In Colorado, "fourteener" refers to mountains that are around 14,000 feet high. Many people set out to hike or climb as many fourteeners as possible.

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In which part of the country would you most likely catch someone saying something is "hella" good?
West Coast
On the West Coast, a lot of things are hella (really) good, such as surfing, mountains, sunshine and ridiculous rent, only we're being facetious on that last one.
East Coast
South

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In the North, they might call it a faucet. In the South, it's called what?
spigot
Most everyone in the northern part of the country calls it a faucet. Down South, though, you might well call a faucet a spigot.
bubbler
hey, that's racist!

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If something is "poky," it's most likely to make you feel what?
hungry
scared
"That haunted house sure was poky. I don't think I want to see bloodstained clowns ever again!" Poky means scary or freaky.
aroused

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You should be proud if your friends call you "chinchy."
true
false
If your friends call you chinchy, it's not a compliment. It means you're a cheap jerk who never helps pay for beer or rent.

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To what sort of food does the word "jo-jo" refer?
casserole
potatoes
Potatoes, more specifically potato wedges, are often called "jo-jos." With a bit of seasoned salt and ketchup they are delicious.
spaghetti

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In the Northeast, you'd use "bufflehead" to refer to what?
a dumb person
Buffleheads are dumb people. This is also a species of beautiful duck, which in extreme cases might actually be smarter than some buffleheaded people.
a bad person
a priest

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In the Northeast, if you want to reply in the affirmative, you might say what?
"Yuppers"
"Ayuh"
"Ayuh, I will definitely have the lobster roll with extra mayo. And you may as well throw some oystahs in there, too."
"Hardly"

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In some places, you don't use a dish cloth. So what do you use?
a dish wiper
Most people use a dish cloth to dry their dishes, but in some parts of the country, you might be more apt to use a dish "wiper."
a dish snopper
a dish breaker

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"Toad-strangler" refers to what weather phenomenon?
hail
tornado
heavy rain
If it is dumping cats and dogs, it means the rain is so heavy it could strangle toads. The poor toads need snorkels.

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Why would something be "wicked"?
it's made of spiders
it's really cool
"Check out my new Guy Fieri-branded spatula, man! It's so wicked!" Something that's wicked would actually be considered cool. Usually.
its Satanic

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In which part of the country would you most likely hear someone use the word "lagniappe"?
the Northwest
the Midwest
the South
In the South, and more specifically, New Orleans, you'll sometimes hear the word lagniappe. It means something extra thrown into a deal, such as a 13th doughnut.

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Who's your "hoss"?
your mom
your friend
If you call someone a "hoss," it's probably a friend or acquaintance. "OK, hoss, let's go play some horseshoes. Yeehaw!"
your psychic

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What sort of animal is a "whistle pig"?
raccoon
groundhog
A "whistle pig" could be a groundhog or other small mammal, such a marmot. Some of these creatures do make cute little whistling sounds.
a squirrel

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If you want to impress someone of the opposite sex, what might you do?
fleech them
If you want to coax someone, especially through the use of flattery, you might "fleech" them. Flattery, of course, will get you everywhere.
snooch them
smooch them

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Where would you most likely find "snowbirds"?
Northeast
Midwest
Southwest
"Snowbirds" are people who head south for the winter to escape the cold and snow. They're often retired people who don't mind 100-plus degree temperatures.

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"Popskull" is an older regional term for what?
prostitution
moonshine
It's not hard to imagine using the term "popskull" for moonshine. The roughest, rawest moonshine will definitely make you feel like your head is going to explode.
a worthless person

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What's a "jumble sale"?
an adult book store
a supermarket
a garage sale
If you're going to the "jumble sale," you're going to garage sale, or perhaps a flea market. Jumble sales have all of the best deals.

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