Utah has its own set of regional words and slang that confuse tourists and transplants…we wrote about some of those
here. People who land in Utah from somewhere else hear us say “Stake House” and get all excited for the BBQ, for instance.
Well…turnabout is fair play! There are many regional terms that people from Utah don’t even know about! Have you heard of any of these?
1. Eves Trough
For those who are wondering, this is a rain gutter - you know, the thing you clean the leaves out of every spring. In the northern part of the U.S., it's often called an "eves trough."
What do you call this? A see-saw? A teeter-totter? Well, if you live in Rhode Island, it's a "dandle." Why? I have no idea!
I think this is a pretty cute name for a water fountain, don't you? Folks in New England, Mississippi and Wisconsin use this word.
Hey you kids - stop jumping on the davenport! Said no Utahn ever. We know that's a couch, or a sofa. So do the kids.
When you have to bring a casserole to the potluck, you probably don't call it "hotdish." If you live in Minnesota, that's the only thing to call it...and it's not "hotdish" unless it's topped with tater tots.
Here we have a photo of Big Cottonwood Creek. If you're a Utahn, you'd call this a "creek," (or a "crick" if you speak in our lovely regional accent).
Utahns are still getting used to dealing with roundabouts...if a New Englander gives you directions to go "through the rotary," you'll really be confused!
8. Package store
Here in Utah we just have the State Liquor Store...but in other states they call these privately-owned businesses "package stores."
9. Tag Sale
You wake up early on Saturday morning, gather some cash in small denominations and head out to the...tag sale? Nope. In Utah, it's a yard sale or garage sale. Same goodies - different name.
Do you want some jimmies on that cone? Um...maybe? We call 'em sprinkles; New Englanders call 'em jimmies.
Utahns grew up playing hopscotch at recess...but if you were raised in New York City, you played "potsy."
12. House Shoes
If you grew up in the South, you call these "house shoes," in Utah, they're "slippers." Either way, you should never, ever wear them to Walmart.