Rhode Island February 09, 2016
Here Are 15 Words That You’ll Only Understand If You’re From Rhode Island
Rhode Island is a state of creativity and uniqueness and it’s no wonder residents use so many different words! Here are 15 words used in ways distinct to the nation’s smallest state.
Known in most places as a milkshake, these delicious beverages with ice cream, milk, and flavored syrup are called cabinets in little Rhody.
Thirsty? You won't find a drinking fountain in Rhode Island, but they do have bubblers.
Chocolate sprinkles are called jimmies in this state.
The word wicked is used to describe things in this wicked small, but wicked great state!
This hard shell clam is delicious and extremely popular throughout the state. It's so popular the show Family Guy, which many argue is based on Rhode Island, has a town called Quahog!
Rhode Islanders aren't talking about steaming their clothes when you hear them ordering steamers. They're ordering a plate of delicious steamed clams.
A casino is not necessarily a place to gamble in Rhode Island. This word refers to any public building including some form of entertainment, or fun attraction.
A "sub," or hearty sandwich is called a grinder, like this classic Italian grinder pictured above!
9. Awful Awful
If you hear a Rhode Islander say the words Awful Awful, they're not being dramatic! They're talking about this delicious milkshake at the Newport Creamery.
Gansett could mean the town of Narragansett (where the beaches are!), or the delicious Rhode Island beer.
Need a gallon of milk and some bread? Cumberland Farms is the go to corner store chain in Rhode Island and they're always called Cumbies.
Roundabouts are rotaries in little Rhody.
13. Johnny Cake
These corn meal pancakes are fluffy and amazing.
The downtown area of Providence (made up of amazing restaurants and fun sites) is called downcity.
15. Hot Weiners
Last, but certainly not least, is Rhode Island's word for its take on hot dogs. Weiners arrive with meat, mustard, and onions.
There are so many distinct and creative “Rhode Islandisms” in this wonderful little state. Can you think of words not on this list?