11 Phrases That Will Make You Swear West Virginians Have Their Own Language
When you grow up in West Virginia, sometimes you don’t realize that the rest of the world phrases things just a little differently. We’re proud to say things in our very own West Virginia way, and everyone else can have theirs. Here are a few phrases that you’re most likely to hear in West Virginia.
1. Pass the 'taters!
That's potatoes to most of the rest of the world.
2. Go find a buggy.
Not for a horse, but this is what we call a shopping cart.
3. Sauce and slaw, please.
Chili and coleslaw for a true West Virginia dog.
4. Put it in the poke!
Just another word for "bag."
5. Let's grab some Tudor's!
Not the royal English family, but rather some of the most delicious biscuits in West Virginia.
6. Put on your toboggan!
While in much of the rest of the U.S., a toboggan is a sled, in West Virginia it refers to a hat! But you will want to wear one if you go sledding.
7. Give that kid a sucker!
You might have to ask for a lollipop somewhere else.
8. Time to go ramp hunting!
Not a ramp that you drive on, but rather a wild onion that features heavily in West Virginian cuisine in the springtime.
9. He's from the holler.
In West Virginia's early history, many small towns were built in the valleys, or "hollows" of the Mountain State. Eventually the word for these towns morphed into "holler" and it stuck.
10. WEST, by God, Virginia
We don't like it when people confuse us with the "other" Virginia.
11. It's just over yonder.
"Yonder" is at some vague point in the distance. In our wild and wonderful state, just about everywhere is "yonder"... and worth future exploration!
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