23 Words That Are Interpreted Entirely Differently In Rhode IslandRhode Island might be small, but that doesn’t keep them from doing things their own way.
1. License Plates
Source: Flickr User vetaturfumareWhat 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
Source: Flickr User marc falardeauWhat 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
Source: Flickr User spablabWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User Dee SpeedWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User istolethetvWhat 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
Source: Flickr User jasonlamWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User jeffreywWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User toehkWhat it means everywhere else: Something mechanical that spins, possibly a propeller or a really, really outdated phone.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.
Source: Flickr User JefferyTurnerWhat it means everywhere else: Something that produces copious amounts of bubbles.
What it means in Rhode Island: A drinking fountain!
Source: Flickr User Castles, Capes & ClonesWhat 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
Source: Newport Creamery via FacebookWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User theimplusivebuyWhat 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
Source: Olneyville New York System via FacebookWhat 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
Source: Flickr User tsuacctntWhat 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.
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
Source: Flickr User Mario SegoviaWhat 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
Source: Pawtucket Red Sox via FacebookWhat 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
Source: Wikimedia CommonsWhat 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
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.
Source: Flickr User Del’s Lemonade & Refreshments, Inc. via FacebookWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User Paolo CameraWhat 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
Source: Flickr User toolmantimWhat 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.
Source: Flickr User print57What 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!