If You've Said This 'Slang' Word, You're Probably From North Carolina

By Sarah Tate

August 27, 2021

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Have you ever spent time in another state only to be confused when someone says a word you've never heard of? Maybe you were shocked by the number of people saying "hella" in California or scratched your head at what "no-see-ums" mean in Florida. This is because slang words can vary state by state.

Because North Carolina is part of the South, your first guess at the state's most common slang word is probably "y'all." However, you might be surprised to learn this isn't the case. To help clear things up, Stacker released a report with each state's most interesting slang words or phrases.

"Americans also have massive amounts of state pride. They celebrate the things that set their states apart from others, and feverishly uphold local traditions and customs. Combined, these two things have resulted in some unique slang. Stacker has rounded up examples of local slang from every state. Taking data from various sources, we've highlighted some of the weird, wacky, and outright crazy slang words Americans use in everyday conversation."

So what is the slang word commonly associated with North Carolina?


Here's what Stacker had to say about "yonder":

"Another popular Southern colloquialism, yonder is used in North Carolina to describe a location that's far, far away. While it's far from precise, it has become ubiquitous in the state's vocabulary."

Check out the full report here.

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