Washington July 31, 2017
by Jessica Wick 9 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Washingtonians Have Their Own Language
We have our own culture, customs, and non-accents… but our own language? Washingtonians definitely use some words and phrases that are native to the Pacific Northwest. If you grew up here, these all seem normal, but those who were raised in a different region may think you’re speaking your own language.
1. "The mountain is out."
This is mainly a Western Washington term, which simply means that it's clear enough to see Mt. Rainier.
2. "Want some jojos?"
This term for potato wedges originated in Minnesota, but here in the Northwest, we've kind of taken it over.
3. "My, oh my."
To the rest of the country, this is a simple expression. But for Washingtonians, this phrase takes us straight back to the Mariners' 1995 season.
4. "Are you drinking hard-a?"
We mean hard alcohol, of course.
In some states, this means water fountain. To us, it means something you some pot out of.
6. "I'll have a drip."
Drip coffee is brewed coffee. It's true, not every Washingtonian drinks fancy half-caf extra-foam macchiato-cinnos.
7. "It's blue Friday!"
No, this doesn't mean we're sad about the weekend beginning. On the Friday before a Seahawks game, it's a tradition for Hawks fans to wear their Seahawks apparel (or at least the color blue) to work or school.
Elsewhere, when people want to drink before they go out, they "pre-game." In Washington, we pre-funk, which is actually spelled "pre-func" and is short for "pre-function."
9. "Apple Cup"
This isn't a dessert, it's the most anticipated college football game of the year.
We might have our own unique phrases, but so do people from other parts of the country. Check out this list of
words and phrases Washingtonians don’t understand.
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