1. Jack

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A common name for males (famous examples include Mr. Black and Mr. Sparrow).
What it means in Tennessee: A very famous brand of Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s.

2. NashVegas

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: The fun nickname for Nashville.
What it means in Tennessee: What tourists insist on calling Nashville.

3. Hot Chicken

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: Chicken that’s warm to the touch.
What it means in Tennessee: A very spicy way of preparing chicken popular in Tennessee (specifically Nashville) commonly put on white bread with pickle chips.

4. Moon Pie

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User daveparker

What it means everywhere else: A pie made with stuff from the moon.
What it means in Tennessee: A snacking favorite in Tennessee, known for perfectly combining chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker.

5. Smokies

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User David Fulmer

What it means everywhere else: A tiny hot dog, either covered in barbecue or featured in the popular dish, “pigs in a blanket.”
What it means in Tennessee: The Great Smoky Mountains, one of the most beautiful places in the country.

6. Grizzlies

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A giant bear, known for its massive size, catching salmon, and its furriness.
What it means in Tennessee: The Memphis NBA team, led by Courtney Lee and Marc Gasol.

7. Titans

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A race of gods featured in Greek mythology.
What it means in Tennessee: The Tennessee Titans, the NFL team based out of Nashville.

8. The Parthenon

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: An ancient temple in Athens.
What it means in Tennessee: A replica of the famous Athens temple found in Nashville that was built in 1897 and, unlike its European counterpart, still has a roof.

9. Volunteer

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: Someone who offers their help without asking for pay.
What it means in Tennessee: The nickname for University of Tennessee’s athletics program.

10. Rocky Top

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User dhendrix73

What it means everywhere else: The jagged area near the summit of a mountain, often found above the tree line.
What it means in Tennessee: A song commonly played by the Pride of the Southland Band with the famous line “Rocky top, you’ll always be, home sweet home to me.”

11. RC

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Keiths Lunsford

What it means everywhere else: An abbreviation used when something can be controlled by a remote.
What it means in Tennessee: Royal Crown Cola, a regional favorite in the soda market.

12. Krystals

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A precious material known for its shininess and clarity (see: diamonds and rubies).
What it means in Tennessee: A tiny burger that will forever (AND EVER) be tastier than a White Castle.

13. Moonshine

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User MonkeySimon

What it means everywhere else: Light reflecting off of the moon.
What it means in Tennessee: A type of homemade alcohol, often made and sold illegally in rural areas of the South.

14. Buggy

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Devensters

What it means everywhere else: A horse drawn cart that was once widely used as a form of transportation but is now more of a novelty.
What it means in Tennessee: A shopping cart.

15. Blues

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User rawlands

What it means everywhere else: An expression of sadness.
What it means in Tennessee: A style of music from Memphis so amazing and influential that it eventually paved the way for R&B and Rock & Roll.

16. Country

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Laurel L. Russwurm

What it means everywhere else: A nation with its own land and government.
What it means in Tennessee: The type of music found blaring through the speakers around the Volunteer State, full of twangs, originally inspired by life on the open range.

17. Paris

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A city in France, full of French people and home to the 986 ft. tall Eiffel Tower.
What it means in Tennessee: What? Who needs France? Paris is a small town in Tennessee with a population just over 10k and a replica of the Eiffel Tower that stands at 60 feet tall.

18. Deer

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Carly & Art

What it means everywhere else: The misspelling of a common term of endearment.
What it means in Tennessee: A cute animal that’s mostly pre-dinner or pre-road kill.

19. Sales Tax Holiday

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Tax Credits

What it means everywhere else: Other places, sadly, have no use for this word.
What it means in Tennessee: A weekend in August in which certain items are sales tax exempt throughout Tennessee.

20. Meat and Three

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Free Photo Revolution

What it means everywhere else: A great potential name for a band featuring a lead singer named “Meat.”
What it means in Tennessee: A popular way of serving dinner, with a succulent protein and three delicious sides.

21. Tea

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Sapphireblue

What it means everywhere else: A hot drink that’s often served in a tiny cup in the morning.
What it means in Tennessee: A brewed drink that goes with any meal, always ice cold, full of sugar, and served with a slice of lemon.

22. Bless Your Heart

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User acidpix

What it means everywhere else: A phrase that lets someone know you’re hoping for their good health.
What it means in Tennessee: A sarcastic put-down which is a sneaky way of letting someone know you feel sorry for them.

23. Commodore

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: A naval officer of a high rank.
What it means in Tennessee: The nickname of Vanderbilt athletics, the instate rivals of the Volunteers.

24. Barbecue

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User Southern Foodways Alliance

What it means everywhere else: Meat smothered in a special sauce.
What it means in Tennessee: The pride and joy of Memphis, typically slow cooked pork meat that’s either rubbed with spices prior to cooking or lathered in sauce. …Seriously, nowhere does it better.

25. Snow

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
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What it means everywhere else: White flakes that fall from the sky when it’s cold, turning the outdoors into a winter wonderland.
What it means in Tennessee: A reason for panic in Tennessee, the mere report that snow flurries might be on the horizon can cancel schools, cause traffic jams, and empty grocery store shelves of all essentials.

26. Predators

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User kennymatic

What it means everywhere else: An animal that preys on other animals.
What it means in Tennessee: The Nashville Predators, every Tennessean’s favorite hockey team.

27. Tennessee

27 Words That Mean Something Different In Tennessee
Source: Flickr User DoddsPhotography

What it means everywhere else: Some place in the Southern part of America that’s all about country music.
What it means in Tennessee: One of the most amazing states in the country, with delicious cuisine, friendly people, good (and diverse) music, and stunning mountains, but most importantly, home sweet home.

What other words mean something different in the Tennessee? Tell us in the comments below!