1. License Plates

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User vetaturfumare
What it means everywhere else: A plate on your car that could potentially end up getting you a ticket in the mail.
What it means in Rhode Island: A symbol of status. Siblings will practically fight to the death to inherit a low numbered plate that’s been in their family for several generations.

2. Area Code

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User marc falardeau
What it means everywhere else: A means of determining where in the state someone is calling you from.
What it means in Rhode Island: Simply a source of 401 pride.

3. Coffee Milk

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User spablab
What it means everywhere else: Milk that goes in coffee.
What it means in Rhode Island: Milk that’s been mixed with coffee syrup creating something somehow even more delicious than chocolate milk.

4. Cabinets

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User Dee Speed
What it means everywhere else: A piece of furniture that holds small trinkets and collects dust.
What it means in Rhode Island: Another coffee- based staple of Little Rhody consisting of ice cream, coffee syrup, and milk.

5. Quahog

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User istolethetv
What it means everywhere else: The fictional town from Family Guy.
What it means in Rhode Island: Large and delicious hard clams that are often stuffed or found in po’ boys and clam chowders.

6. Little Neck

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User jasonlam
What it means everywhere else: A derogatory term for someone with a smaller than average neck.
What it means in Rhode Island: Smaller clams that are equally as delicious as the larger Quahogs.

7. Grinder

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User jeffreyw
What it means everywhere else: A mechanical device used to make hamburger meat.
What it means in Rhode Island: One of the most delicious sandwiches known to man, often filled with SEVERAL Italian meats.

8. Rotaries

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User toehk
What it means everywhere else: Something mechanical that spins, possibly a propeller or a really, really outdated phone.
What it means in Rhode Island: A better way to recognize a round-about that’s encountered on the roadway.

9. Bubbler

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User JefferyTurner
What it means everywhere else: Something that produces copious amounts of bubbles.
What it means in Rhode Island: A drinking fountain!

10. Wicked

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User Castles, Capes & Clones
What it means everywhere else: The most evil of adjectives. Also see: a famous play featuring a green witch.
What it means in Rhode Island: An adverb used to further signify how awesome something is. I.e. “That’s wicked sweeeet!”

11. Awful Awful

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Newport Creamery via Facebook
What it means everywhere else: Twice as bad or undesirable as something was before.
What it means in Rhode Island: The signature drink from the Newport Creamery and one of the tastiest things that fits through a straw.

12. Extra

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User theimplusivebuy
What it means everywhere else: More than the previous or normal amount.
What it means in Rhode Island: A stackable word used as “extra extra” to signify that Rhode Islands want that much more cream and sugar in their coffee.

13. Hot Wiener

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Olneyville New York System via Facebook
What it means everywhere else: A warm, tube shaped piece of meat.
What it means in Rhode Island: A New York Systems Style hot dog made of veal and pork that’s placed in a steamed bun and topped with celery salt, mustard, onions and a seasoned meat sauce.

14. Mr. Potato Head

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User tsuacctnt
What it means everywhere else: A children’s toy shaped like a potato that provides endless hours of entertainment by allowing owners to interchange facial features.
What it means in Rhode Island: A symbol of state pride created by the Hasbro Headquarters in Pawtucket. Mr. Potato Head can be seen many places around the state on t-shirts, license plates, and in larger than life statue form.

15. Steamers

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User KitAy (cropped)
What it means everywhere else: The plural form of a device used to get wrinkles out of fabric, giving it a fresh new look.
What it means in Rhode Island: Yet another type of clam that Rhode Islanders can’t get enough of, steamed soft shell clams.

16. Pauly D

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User Mario Segovia
What it means everywhere else: Jersey Shore star that became an inspiration for the Guido-youth of America.
What it means in Rhode Island: Hometown celebrity from Providence that locals hate to love seeing around town.

17. Red Sox

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Pawtucket Red Sox via Facebook
What it means everywhere else: The Boston Red Sox, a professional baseball team.
What it means in Rhode Island: The Paw Sox, a feeder team of the Boston Red Sox that go by the same name and are housed in Pawtucket.

18. Party Pizza

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Wikimedia Commons
What it means everywhere else: A large pizza capable of filling the stomachs of everyone at a party.
What it means in Rhode Island: Strips of thick crust topped with thick tomato sauce and no cheese, sometimes served cold.

19. Pizza Chips

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Crugnale Bakery (cropped)
What it means everywhere else: Oddly flavored, pizza-esque, highly processed potato crisps coated in a thick layer of dusty flavoring that gets everywhere and is impossible to completely get off of the finger.
What it means in Rhode Island: Tiny, chip sized pizzas made with real pizza ingredients.

20. Del

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User Del’s Lemonade & Refreshments, Inc. via Facebook
What it means everywhere else: Dell, the computer company, misspelled.
What it means in Rhode Island: The maker of Del’s lemonade, the most delicious slightly frozen drink treat around.

21. Polo

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User Paolo Camera
What it means everywhere else: A brand of clothing.
What it means in Rhode Island: Humans riding horses around a field whacking a ball with a giant mallet.

22. Road Trip

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User toolmantim
What it means everywhere else: A long trip across the entire country that starts off sounding like a good idea but slowly becomes a huge mistake.
What it means in Rhode Island: A drive that takes longer than a half hour.

23. Fall

23 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Rhode Island
Source: Flickr User print57
What it means everywhere else: A season dedicated to the state’s final push to do as much construction on the roads as possible before the winter months hit.
What it means in Rhode Island: The most beautiful time of the year; something that Rhode Island does better than absolutely everyone else. Did we miss anything? Share words that mean something entirely different in New Orleans in the comments below!