Is this Connecticut's most bizarre slang word?

The United States is a vast and diverse nation with a huge assortment of languages and dialects. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that in a country with at least 350 languages, you find a great deal of variation in the slang terms—some of which are downright strange.

These bizarre phrases come in all types, some of the most common of which are place descriptions—highways, intersections, concert halls, mountain ranges, etc. In Colorado, for example, they use the term "Mouse Trap" to describe the junction of Interstate 70 and 25 in Denver. Everyone knows what this is even though it might baffle outsiders. Similarly, in Kansas, the word "kaw" is synonymous with the Kansas River. In Atlanta, they use "OTP" or "ITP" to describe one's proximity to Interstate 285 ("OTP" is "outside the perimeter" while "ITP" means "inside the perimeter.") Out-of-towners have no idea what the natives are talking about.

Connecticut is the only place where the word "apizza" makes any sense. "Apizza" – pronounced "ah-beets" – is the name for New Haven-style thin-crusted pie.

Another common source of regional slang team is local sports—nicknames for teams, stadiums, fans, rivals, and everything in between. Tennesseans refer to the "Preds" in "Smashville" (it's code for their hockey team and the city of Nashville), and Oklahomans use the phrase "thunder up" (a reference to their basketball team). Food is another major source of local jargon. "Hot brown" in Kentucky, for instance, is a regular lunch staple, even though most non-locals don't know what it is (an open-faced sandwich). Muffuletta is something they eat in Louisiana and any local will recognize the nickname (a popular Italian lunch item). Montanans know that "Hoot Wine" is an alcoholic beverage brewed by the Hutterites.

Nicknames for non-locals are another source of slang in many states. Alaskans like to call non-Alaskans or newcomers "cheechako," for example, while they call themselves "sourdough." North Carolinians call tourists who arrive in autumn "leafers" since they come to see the fall foliage when the leaves turn colors. Then there are examples of regular words that have different meanings in certain parts of the country. The word "poke," for example, normally means to jab someone with a long object. In West Virginia, however, it's a term for a grocery bag. A whale is usually a large marine mammal but in Nevada, it refers to a high-rolling casino gambler.

To give a shoutout to some of the country's most bizarrely endearing slang, Stacker has put together a slideshow featuring the weirdest phrases from each state. Take a look to see how many you recognize.

This Stacker slideshow features regional slang terms used in every state, particularly the stranger ones. The funny and bizarre list compiles common nicknames, euphemisms, acronyms, and other words or phrases that only make sense to locals in the state of origin.

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