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Common Slang Terms & Phrases From Every State

American slang has diverse origins, from indigenous and minority languages, to historical events, to pop culture. While some slang terms are used all over the country or in specific regions (for example, "y'all" in the South), others are unique to one state, or even just a region of a state. The same part of a house may be called a "gallery" in one state, a "portal" in a different state, and a "lanai" in yet another. These differences can be confusing for someone who isn't familiar with the local slang. When visiting a state where the term "Coke" refers to any kind of soda, how does one order an actual Coca-Cola?

But half the fun of visiting different states is learning about what makes them unique - and that includes the slang. So here are some of the most common slang terms and phrases in each of the 50 states.

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