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

Part of growing up in Iowa is going somewhere else in the country, like the South or the Northeast, for the first time and realizing you don’t know what the heck these people are talking about. Sometimes, the regional slang is so bad, you can go through a whole conversation with someone and not have understood a word they said – you just smile and nod. Much like “Yinz,” “Fixin to” and “N’at,” here are 10 words and phrases that people from Iowa just don’t understand:

To be fair, though, we Iowans have some pretty weird slang of our own – like “crick,” “warsh,” “padiddle,” “cornhole,” or my personal favorite: “kybo.”

Michaela Kendall
Michaela is a born and raised Iowan. She writes for a newspaper by day, and writes content for websites by night. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book, or just binge watching Netflix.