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

By: Nathan Chandler
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About This Quiz

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"?

The "boonies" is short for "boondocks," and no matter how you spell it, it means you're heading for a more solitary place outdoors.

Where would you find a "chughole"?

A "chughole" is a pothole in the middle of the road. "Danny, watch out for the chughole! Yer gonna pop a tire!"

Why would someone be considered "arky"?

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.

In Iowa, if you're heading to the "kybo," where are you going?

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!"

Where are snowmobiles called "snow machines"?

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

A "whoopensocker" is something that's very, very bad.

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.

What do you mean if you say something is "mad"?

"Dude, that new 3-D movie was mad technology!" In other words, it was exceptionally good.

In New Orleans, what would you call the road's median strip?

Down South, you might call the median "neutral ground." Cars generally veer from neutral ground to avoid, you know, totally wrecking each other.

If you're in the willywags, where are you?

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.

In which part of the country would you be most likely to get "jimmies" on your ice cream?

In parts of the East Coast, "jimmies" refers to the colorful sprinkles that go on ice cream.

On the East Coast, what would you do with a "creemee"?

In some places, mostly the East Coast, "creemee" may refer to soft-serve ice cream. Some stores have delicious creemee, others, not so much.

If you're "snoopy," you're what?

"Honey, if you didn't want chow mein, why didn't you tell me? You're so snoopy about food all the time!"

In Colorado, what would you do with a "fourteener"?

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.

In which part of the country would you most likely catch someone saying something is "hella" good?

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.

In the North, they might call it a faucet. In the South, it's called what?

Most everyone in the northern part of the country calls it a faucet. Down South, though, you might well call a faucet a spigot.

If something is "poky," it's most likely to make you feel what?

"That haunted house sure was poky. I don't think I want to see bloodstained clowns ever again!" Poky means scary or freaky.

You should be proud if your friends call you "chinchy."

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.

To what sort of food does the word "jo-jo" refer?

Potatoes, more specifically potato wedges, are often called "jo-jos." With a bit of seasoned salt and ketchup they are delicious.

In the Northeast, you'd use "bufflehead" to refer to what?

Buffleheads are dumb people. This is also a species of beautiful duck, which in extreme cases might actually be smarter than some buffleheaded people.

In the Northeast, if you want to reply in the affirmative, you might say what?

"Ayuh, I will definitely have the lobster roll with extra mayo. And you may as well throw some oystahs in there, too."

In some places, you don't use a dish cloth. So what do you use?

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."

"Toad-strangler" refers to what weather phenomenon?

If it is dumping cats and dogs, it means the rain is so heavy it could strangle toads. The poor toads need snorkels.

Why would something be "wicked"?

"Check out my new Guy Fieri-branded spatula, man! It's so wicked!" Something that's wicked would actually be considered cool. Usually.

In which part of the country would you most likely hear someone use the word "lagniappe"?

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.

Who's your "hoss"?

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

What sort of animal is a "whistle pig"?

A "whistle pig" could be a groundhog or other small mammal, such a marmot. Some of these creatures do make cute little whistling sounds.

If you want to impress someone of the opposite sex, what might you do?

If you want to coax someone, especially through the use of flattery, you might "fleech" them. Flattery, of course, will get you everywhere.

Where would you most likely find "snowbirds"?

"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.

"Popskull" is an older regional term for what?

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.

What's a "jumble 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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