New Mexico November 27, 2016
12 Words And Phrases People In New Mexico Just Don’t Understand
When we travel outside of New Mexico, we encounter regional differences in everything from food to slang. There are some things that you simply won’t hear in the Land of Enchantment. Here 12 words and phrases that sound weird to the average New Mexican:
1. Tag sale
In New Mexico, this is a yard sale. To me, a tag sale sounds like someone has stuck price stickers on every single item. How many people are that organized?
2. Swap meet
Same concept. Larger scale. However, this is most definitely a flea market.
Sure, we could call these beams, but New Mexicans know that they're actually vigas.
We treasure any body of water, no matter how small. However, this is a creek, not a brook.
5. Downpour or fence lifter
Summer is monsoon season, not downpour season. And what the heck is a fence lifter? It seems a more apt description of a tornado than a rain storm.
6. Rain gutters or eves trough
Gutters in New Mexico aren’t like those you find in other places. They even have a different name: canales.
7. Chughole or chuckhole
We steer clear of potholes, not chugholes or chuckholes. One sounds like it has something to do with beer, while the other sounds like a habitat for small, woodland creatures.
In some parts of the country, people put jimmies on ice cream or cupcakes. Clearly, these are sprinkles.
If it involves ice cream, it’s a milkshake; a frappe is a cold coffee drink.
10. Package store
In New Mexico, we pick up a six-pack from the liquor store.
We bring a casserole to a potluck, not a hotdish.
12. “It’s too spicy.”
Okay, we understand the individual words, but no New Mexican will ever utter them.
Turnaround’s fair play. Here are some of the
New Mexican terms that are likely to puzzle tourists.