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10 Words And Phrases People In Arizona Just Don’t Understand

My boyfriend comes from the East Coast and has the accent and slightly odd vocabulary to prove it. He pronounces water as “wood-er,” radiator as “RAD-iator” with a hard “a” sound, and bury as “burr-ee.” He even occasionally says “I says” rather than “I said.” He denies that he speaks like this but I like to poke fun at these in a good natured way.

Since a growing number of Arizonans come from other parts of the country (and world!), I think encountering traditionally regional words, phrases, and pronunciation is becoming far more common than it was when our parents were children. Today, we’re going to take a look at a few words that you wouldn’t typically encounter when walking down the street in Arizona. Consider this a chance to improve your literacy in American dialects!

How many of those words have you heard before? Wonder what kind of Arizona words people may not understand when they first them? Check out our article, 13 Words You’ll Only Understand If You’re From Arizona.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at mspencer@onlyinyourstate.com.