Living in South Dakota lends itself to some unique experiences. Learning to DIY, work hard, and celebrate community are just a few of the the things you learn when growing up in South Dakota. You also learn an entire vocabulary of words that, as it turns out, are unique to South Dakota. These are 10 words you’ll only understand if you’re from South Dakota.
When you ask for a "coke" in South Dakota, you are definitely going to get a Coca-Cola. And you will definitely get a weird look if you try to order a "soda." Pop is the word of choice for our favorite carbonated beverage.
2. Hot dish
Hot dishes for supper and hot dishes for pot lucks. We love hot dishes. They are the easiest way to combine a whole bunch of yummy ingredients into a simple dish.
Growing up in South Dakota, you learn the true meaning of the word "nice." Helping your neighbors, fixing flat tires, and sharing with friends are all ways we show just how nice we are.
You don't know the true definition of the word cold unless you live in South Dakota. Cold always involves a combination of single digit or negative temperatures and lots and lots of wind.
5. Corn hole
Yes, corn hole. It's the delightful bean bag toss game you play all summer long.
6. Puppy chow
A South Dakota favorite, this party snack combines cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar. You can't go wrong with this beloved favorite.
7. Knee high by the fourth of July
Okay. Okay. So this is a more of a phrase than a word but it is commonly known if you live in South Dakota. This saying refers to the growing of summer corn.
Scotheroos are decadent peanut butter bars covered in chocolate because apparently we can't get enough sweets in South Dakota. Get the recipe from your favorite South Dakotan. Your taste buds will thank you later.
9. Truck Topper
Called a canopy and a camper shell in other parts of the country, we know the true name for these is a topper.
10. You guys
Everyone is "you guys" in South Dakota. Including your grandparents, your sister and the dog. "You guys" is our all encompassing pronoun.