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Utah’s Official Word

Slate.com just released the results of an informal study that asked, “If every state had one official word, what would it be?”

The results include a ton of regional slang, most of which you’ve never heard of.  I’d even bet the people IN most of these states have never heard Slate’s pick for their “official” word.

Some are spot on, though.  Hawaii’s official word is “aloha” . . . Indiana’s is “Hoosier” . . . and Massachusetts’ is “wicked.”  Those are all slam dunks.

For California and Pennsylvania, one region of the state won over another.  California’s word is “hella,” which might be more of a Northern California thing . . . and Pennsylvania’s is “yinz,” which is a Western Pennsylvania term for “you guys.”

A few of the weirder ones are:  “Glawackus” in Connecticut, which is the name of a mythical local monster . . . “kybo” in Iowa, which is what they call a port-a-potty . . . and “shucky darn” in Kansas, which is a way of saying “wow!”

What should Utah’s official word be?!

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  • Jon Watkins

    Jon is our resident "veteran" of the Eagle, hanging out with Eagle friends for almost an entire decade! In fact, when he started, it was just he and his wife in Utah. Now Jon and Jenn have two kids (Liam and Ella) and in-laws in town! Originally from Long Beach, CA, Jon moved to Wichita for his first radio job. This is where he won his first CMA for Personality of the Year. From Kansas to Utah, Jon has been a fixture on our station - sharing his struggles as a Dad, husband, and boss! Jon also hosted a successful podcast called Breaking Nashville where he introduced you to the next generation of Country superstars!

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