25 Words That Mean Something Different In AkronThe English language works a bit differently in Akron.
1. King James
Source: Flickr User Keith AllisonWhat it means everywhere else: A popular, very plain version of the Christian Bible, often found in hotel rooms. What it means in Akron: LeBron Raymone James, the best basketball player to ever walk the earth and a hometown hero who is once again back at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Source: The University of Akron via FacebookWhat it means everywhere else: Quick, speedy. What it means in Akron: The kangaroo mascot at the University of Akron loved by everyone.
3. Rubber Duck
Source: Flickr User jdsmith1021What it means everywhere else: A toy children play with during bath time. What it means in Akron: The local minor league team, the Akron RubberDucks, formally the Akron Aeros.
Source: Flickr User stevendepoloWhat it means everywhere else: A tree. What it means in Akron: The most delicious treat in the world, a ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate; also see, Ohio State Buckeyes sports.
5. Hoppin’ Frog
Source: Flickr User Bernt RostadWhat it means everywhere else: A frog doing what frogs do best. What it means in Akron: A local brewery, once ranked 17th best in the world.
Source: Flickr User Sam HowzitWhat it means everywhere else: A plumber who loves throwing fireballs and smashing mushrooms. What it means in Akron: Luigi’s Restaurant, home to some of the best pizza in town.
Source: Flickr User skyseekerWhat it means everywhere else: Flowers that form on stone fruit trees. What it means in Akron: Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, a multi-genre venue that hosts the best shows around.
8. Kent State
Source: Flickr User Dana BeveridgeWhat it means everywhere else: A school somewhere in America in the imaginary state of Kent. What it means in Akron: The worst; huge rivals with Akron and current holders of the travelling wagon wheel trophy.
Source: Flickr User Hypnotica Studios InfiniteWhat it means everywhere else: An ancient sport in which two participants try to force each other into submission. What it means in Akron: Similar to traditional wrestling, only with copious amounts of mud; Akron has used mud wrestling as an excuse to party since inventing this pseudo-sport in the 1930s.
10. Sauerkraut Balls
Source: Flickr User lancefisherWhat it means everywhere else: The result of playing with one’s food. What it means in Akron: Deep fried balls of sauerkraut that should be exponentially more popular in the rest of the country, yet somehow no one has heard of them.
Source: Flickr User K_DafaliasWhat it means everywhere else: A fancy car. What it means in Akron: An extremely steep hill in Akron, also known as Bates Hill.
12. Devil Strip
Source: Flickr User Crystal “Still Learning” AgozzinoWhat it means everywhere else: Like the Las Vegas Strip, only full of people dressed in devil costumes. What it means in Akron: The small strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street.
Source: Flickr User La PrizWhat it means everywhere else: The sound a bubble makes when it explodes. What it means in Akron: The word used in place of soda or soft drink in the Akron region. The only acceptable word to use for a sugary, carbonated beverage.
14. Black Keys
Source: Flickr User JessicaSarahSWhat it means everywhere else: The tiny keys on a piano that sound sharp or flat, ruining a song when unintentionally hit. What it means in Akron: A local duo of musicians that have been making awesome music since 2001. Maybe even guys you know through a friend of a friend of a friend.
Source: Flickr User Ron DolleteWhat it means everywhere else: A full name, or often a nickname you give your friend Joseph or Joanne. What it means in Akron: Wedges of deep fried potato similar to potato wedges though often thicker; something that must be tried with chicken.
Source: Akron Racers via FacebookWhat it means everywhere else: People competing to be the first to finish something. What it means in Akron: The local professional women’s softball team.
17. May Day
Source: Flickr User PetroleumJelliffeWhat it means everywhere else: A distress call often made by pilots when their plane is crashing. What it means in Akron: A party event at University of Akron with tons of house parties and plenty of beer.
18. Soap Box
Source: Flickr User Ben HusmannWhat it means everywhere else: A box used to hold multiple bars of soap. What it means in Akron: Tiny gravity propelled cars that competitors use to race in the Soap Box Derby World Championships held each year at Akron’s Derby Downs.
Source: Strickland’s Frozen Custard via Facebook (cropped)What it means everywhere else: A place with tons of rules and regulations What it means in Akron: Strickland’s Frozen Custard, home to the richest, most delicious ice cream around.
Source: Facebook user “The Bring Back The Archie the Snowman” Fan PageWhat it means everywhere else: A comic book series featuring lovable teenager Archie and his posse. See also: short name for Archibald. What it means in Akron: A giant 20 ft. tall snowman that can be seen at Chapel Hill Mall for the first time in a decade.
Source: Flickr User Marco GomesWhat it means everywhere else: Causing something to fling with a sharp movement, usually done with fingers. What it means in Akron: Skipping a day of classes.
22. Good Year
Source: Flickr User Emilio LabradorWhat it means everywhere else: A year that was pleasurable or brought great fortune. What it means in Akron: The local Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company well known for their Goodyear blimp.
Source: Facebook user SkyWay Drive In RestaurantWhat it means everywhere else: An elevated roadway What it means in Akron: A great place to get cheap burgers and home to the SkyHi with its secret sauce.
Source: Flickr User DougtoneWhat it means everywhere else: Spooky. What it means in Akron: Lake Erie, the closest of the Great Lakes and a fun getaway on a hot summer day.
Source: Flickr User Triple TriWhat it means everywhere else: Tiny town somewhere in the Midwest with a Kangaroo mascot; the name looks like “acorn.” What it means in Akron: Home; the perfect mix of a college town and a small city with everything anyone would ever need. What other words mean something different in Akron? Tell us in the comments below!
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