Ohioans are often misunderstood, and that’s because we essentially have a language that’s all our own. From strange sports related references to mispronunciations, we keep our lingo pretty distinct. Unload the warsh and take off your tennis shoes (keep reading if you’re confused), and enjoy the following list of funny words and phrases people from Ohio say:
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Did you know about all of these? If you knew 15/15, congratulations! You’re from Ohio. What are some other funny phrases people from Ohio say? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re looking for more signs you’re from Ohio, these 12 weird mannerisms will have you cracking up.
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Phrases People From Ohio Say
February 15, 2021
What are some fun facts about Ohio?
The first professional city fire department was in Cincinnati. Cleveland was the first city to be lighted by electricity. Ohio has the largest Amish population in the U.S. Oh, and in Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk. We could go on spouting fun facts about Ohio all day!
What’s the deal with people spelling out O-H-I-O?
We have a ton of state pride here in Ohio, and yes, we often randomly yell out “O-H” and fully anticipate an “I-O” reply. And most of the time, we’ll get it! We want to know where our fellow Buckeyes are at! (To that end, we also like to spell out O-H-I-O with our arms. It’s just what we do.)
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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