Globalization and the Internet might mean the homogenization of most of our language, but for the moment, regional slang is still a thing. How much do you know about regional slang throughout America?
The "boonies" is short for "boondocks," and no matter how you spell it, it means you're heading for a more solitary place outdoors.
A "chughole" is a pothole in the middle of the road. "Danny, watch out for the chughole! Yer gonna pop a tire!"
If you're "arky," you're old-fashioned … like really old-fashioned, to the times of Noah's ark. Don't be arky unless you're past retirement age.
In parts of the Midwest, like Iowa, "kybo" refers to a portable toilet. "We're heading to the Hawkeyes game but first I need to use the kybo!"
In Alaska, you don't ride snowmobiles through the snow. They are -- and will always be -- "snow machines."
In the Wisconsin area, you might use "whoopensocker" to describe something that's extra-extraordinary, such as winning a million dollars or finding out you won your paternity suit. Like winning the lottery, this word probably exists mostly in academic fantasies.
"Dude, that new 3-D movie was mad technology!" In other words, it was exceptionally good.
Down South, you might call the median "neutral ground." Cars generally veer from neutral ground to avoid, you know, totally wrecking each other.
If your friend says he's going hunting out in the willywags, he's heading out to the middle of nowhere -- perhaps a dense forest.
In parts of the East Coast, "jimmies" refers to the colorful sprinkles that go on ice cream.
In some places, mostly the East Coast, "creemee" may refer to soft-serve ice cream. Some stores have delicious creemee, others, not so much.
"Honey, if you didn't want chow mein, why didn't you tell me? You're so snoopy about food all the time!"
In Colorado, "fourteener" refers to mountains that are around 14,000 feet high. Many people set out to hike or climb as many fourteeners as possible.
On the West Coast, a lot of things are hella (really) good, such as surfing, mountains, sunshine and ridiculous rent, only we're being facetious on that last one.
Most everyone in the northern part of the country calls it a faucet. Down South, though, you might well call a faucet a spigot.
"That haunted house sure was poky. I don't think I want to see bloodstained clowns ever again!" Poky means scary or freaky.
If your friends call you chinchy, it's not a compliment. It means you're a cheap jerk who never helps pay for beer or rent.
Potatoes, more specifically potato wedges, are often called "jo-jos." With a bit of seasoned salt and ketchup they are delicious.
Buffleheads are dumb people. This is also a species of beautiful duck, which in extreme cases might actually be smarter than some buffleheaded people.
"Ayuh, I will definitely have the lobster roll with extra mayo. And you may as well throw some oystahs in there, too."
Most people use a dish cloth to dry their dishes, but in some parts of the country, you might be more apt to use a dish "wiper."
If it is dumping cats and dogs, it means the rain is so heavy it could strangle toads. The poor toads need snorkels.
"Check out my new Guy Fieri-branded spatula, man! It's so wicked!" Something that's wicked would actually be considered cool. Usually.
In the South, and more specifically, New Orleans, you'll sometimes hear the word lagniappe. It means something extra thrown into a deal, such as a 13th doughnut.
If you call someone a "hoss," it's probably a friend or acquaintance. "OK, hoss, let's go play some horseshoes. Yeehaw!"
A "whistle pig" could be a groundhog or other small mammal, such a marmot. Some of these creatures do make cute little whistling sounds.
If you want to coax someone, especially through the use of flattery, you might "fleech" them. Flattery, of course, will get you everywhere.
"Snowbirds" are people who head south for the winter to escape the cold and snow. They're often retired people who don't mind 100-plus degree temperatures.
It's not hard to imagine using the term "popskull" for moonshine. The roughest, rawest moonshine will definitely make you feel like your head is going to explode.
If you're going to the "jumble sale," you're going to garage sale, or perhaps a flea market. Jumble sales have all of the best deals.