1. Orange

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user Brandon Weight
What it means everywhere else: A color you’d wear to go hunting or a fruit that you just can’t compare to apples.
What it means in Syracuse: The most awesome basketball team, Syracuse Orange, and the most dedicated fans ever.

2. Snow

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: quickmeme.com
What it means everywhere else: That pretty white powder that falls from the sky in winter.
What it means in Syracuse: The wall of nearly solid frozen water you have to chip a tunnel through to get to your car.

3. Snow Day

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user uxud
What it means everywhere else: The awesome day where your school or workplace closes because of snow, and you get to stay home all day watching Netflix in your pajamas.
What it means in Syracuse: A mythical event that you’ve prayed and danced for many times, but has never come to pass.

4. Forty-Four

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Tumblr user workaholics
What it means everywhere else: The age where you dad started dying his hair jet black and bought a fancy sports car.
What it means in Syracuse: The now retired luckiest number in Syracuse University sports history.

5. Shorts

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: readeroffictions.com
What it means everywhere else: An article of clothing you wear in the summer when it’s really hot outside.
What it means in Syracuse: The article of clothing you bust out as soon as it hits forty degrees.

6. Dome

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user mattcc716
What it means everywhere else: A large circular building with a vaulted roof, usually seen in religious buildings and sports facilities.
What it means in Syracuse: The one and only Carrier Dome, where you show up in Orange and cheer your heart out with all the other devoted fans.

7. Middle Ages

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Middle Ages Brewing Company Facebook
What it means everywhere else: A period of European history that ended in the 1500s and produced a lot of hyper-religious art and plagues.
What it means in Syracuse: An awesome brewery that serves some of the best ales you’ve ever tasted.

8. College Town

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Syracuse University Facebook
What it means everywhere else: A quaint town where the local university is the hub of activity and the driving force behind the economy.
What it means in Syracuse: That thing you’re desperately trying to avoid being called, even if Syracuse University is kind of a huge deal.

9. Carousel

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Destiny USA Facebook
What it means everywhere else: A carnival ride with painted horses that go up and down and around in circles.
What it means in Syracuse: The big shopping mall in Syracuse, once named Carousel Center, and now called Destiny USA (by nobody except the mall itself).

10. Potatoes

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user nataliemaynor
What it means everywhere else: A filling starchy food that’s usually baked or boiled.
What it means in Syracuse: The delicious and beloved regional dish of salt potatoes.

11. Liberty

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Liberty Bakery Facebook
What it means everywhere else: To have free will and the ability to determine your own destiny.
What it means in Syracuse: Liberty Bakery—the place that makes the best cookies you’ll ever eat in your life.

12. Half Moon

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user vegan-baking
What it means everywhere else: A phase of the moon where half is visible and half is covered in shadow.
What it means in Syracuse: The best shortbread cookies with vanilla icing on one side and chocolate fondant on the other. Everyone else might call them black and white cookies, but in Syracuse, they’re half moons.

13. Dinosaur

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Dinosaur BBQ Facebook
What it means everywhere else: A giant prehistoric creature that has gone extinct.
What it means in Syracuse: A local favorite restaurant—Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, or Dino BBQ for short.

14. Palace

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: The Palace Theater Facebook
What it means everywhere else: The giant, elaborate mansions where royalty or religious leaders live.
What it means in Syracuse: An awesome 1920s style theatre that hosts the best live shows and still plays movies.

15. Headlight

What it means everywhere else: A light on the front of a vehicle that illuminates the road while you’re driving at night.
What it means in Syracuse: The best donuts in the entire world. Bonus point if you get your headlight donuts at Wegmans.

16. Tom Cruise

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user gageskidmore
What it means everywhere else: The now sort of nutty actor who was in some so-bad-they-were-good 80s movies.
What it means in Syracuse: Uh yeah, about him… just because he was born here doesn’t mean we’re totally responsible.

17. Hot Dogs

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Hofmann Sausage Facebook
What it means everywhere else: An all-American food that’s served at summer picnics and baseball games.
What it means in Syracuse: Have you tried a Hofmann dog? No? Then you’ve never had a hot dog.

18. Grandma’s Baked Beans

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: gifrific.com
What it means everywhere else: The baked beans your grandma makes for dinner.
What it means in Syracuse: The famous Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans that you can’t find anywhere but upstate New York.

19. Niagara Falls

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user joeshlabotnik
What it means everywhere else: Where all the American tourists go when they go to Canada.
What it means in Syracuse: Where you drove on every budget-trip with your family when you were growing up because it was only a few hours away.

20. MOST

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Syracuse MOST Facebook
What it means everywhere else: To have even more of something than anyone or anything else.
What it means in Syracuse: The Museum of Science & Technology where you go to see super awesome IMAX movies or hang out with dinosaurs during Syracuse’s long winters.

21. Baltimore

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Baltimore Woods Nature Center Facebook
What it means everywhere else: The most major city in Maryland.
What it means in Syracuse: The Baltimore Woods Nature Center, where you went at least ten times on school trips as a kid.

22. Irish

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user dougtone
What it means everywhere else: Someone who is from the country of Ireland.
What it means in Syracuse: Someone who has lived in the Tipp Hill neighborhood Syracuse their whole life, has distant ancestors from Ireland, and has seen the West o’ Clare band play at least a dozen times.

23. Strangers

25 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Syracuse
Source: Flickr user rachaelvoorhees
What it means everywhere else: People you don’t know and don’t usually talk to.
What it means in Syracuse: Just friends you haven’t met yet! Hey, this isn’t New York City. What other words mean something different in Syracuse? Tell us in the comments below!