Maryland July 17, 2017
13 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Marylanders Have Their Own Language
Depending on which region in Maryland you live, you may be guilty of using the following phrases. From chicken neckers to hand warshin’, these phrases make it seem like Marylanders have a language all their own.
1. Hi, Hon!
Hon is used as a term of endearment. If someone calls you hon, embrace it.
2. We're going downy oshun.
Going to the beach? Then you're going downy oshun.
3. Can you get me some warter from the zinc?
This is a two for one! What is it about adding an r to water that just seems to flow right?
4. Be sure to warsh your hands!
Another example of Marylanders adding r to words.
5. They're a bunch'a chicken neckers.
If you're not from the eastern shore, then you're a chicken necker. The term came from tourists coming to the eastern shore who often use chicken necks to catch crabs from the pier.
6. You from Bawlmer?
For some Marylanders, the word Baltimore only requires two syllables.
7. Can I pet your dug?
Seriously, that dug is the cutest.
8. Can I hold your pen?
If you've ever worked in an office in Maryland, then someone may have asked to hold (borrow) your pen.
9. How bout them O's?
O's is the short and sweet way to refer to the Baltimore Orioles.
10. Will ya grab me a Natty Boh?
When talking about Maryland's favorite beer, National Bohemian sounds so formal. It's Natty Boh to locals.
11. Wanna get a sno-ball?
Snowballs aren't just for wintertime. In Maryland, they're a summertime favorite, preferably topped with marshmallow cream.
12. That's a whole nother story.
Usually said while gossiping. Don't even get me started, cuz that's a whole nother story.
13. There's no place like Merlin.
It's just the best. Period.
Do you say any of these regional phrases? Any you would add to the list? For more Maryland words,