1. Maple Syrup

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user redjar
What it means everywhere else: The high fructose corn syrup goo you bought in a bottle from the grocery store to make your pancakes taste less boring.
What it means in Vermont: The all-natural syrup that came right from the tap of a tree into a jar or bottle, used to make everything more delicious. Also, the backbone of Vermont.

2. Hippies

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Rich Luhr
What it means everywhere else: What your parents were in the sixties.
What it means in Vermont: What your neighbors are today.

3. Flatlander

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Giphy
What it means everywhere else: Not a darn thing.
What it means in Vermont: People not from Vermont.

4. The Loch Ness Monster

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Quick Meme
What it means everywhere else: The mysterious creature of urban legends that lives in the waters of Scotland. Possibly friends with Big Foot.
What it means in Vermont: The mysterious creature of Vermont urban legends that lives in Lake Champlain affectionately named Champ.

5. Ben & Jerry’s

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user ivyandgold
What it means everywhere else: Selling your soul and your waistline to the best pint of ice cream you’ve ever had, one amazing flavor at a time.
What it means in Vermont: Selling your soul and your waistline to the best pint of ice cream you’ve ever had, one amazing flavor at a time after touring the factory and the most epic flavor graveyard.

6. Shire

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Paul Moody
What it means everywhere else: The breathtaking, green, rolling lands found in The Lord Of The Rings movies.
What it means in Vermont: The breathtaking, green, rolling lands found in your backyard.

7. Champlain

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Rob Friesel
What it means everywhere else: What you call champagne by the fifth glass.
What it means in Vermont: The glass-like lake that used to be the sixth Great Lake and is now just Vermont’s mirror to heaven.

8. Peepers

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Cristian Bortes
What it means everywhere else: The word creepers use for eyes.
What it means in Vermont: Leaf peepers! The tourists who travel to Vermont from all ends of the country during the autumn months so that they can get a peek at the colorful landscape. In other words, slowing down or stopping in the middle of the streets to look around while everyone else is trying to get to work.

9. Teddy Bears

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Bruce Tuten
What it means everywhere else: The stuffed animals you gathered and collected as a kid.
What it means in Vermont: The stuffed animals made in your own backyard that you collected as a kid and probably still do today.

10. Fish

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Heather Katsoulis
What it means everywhere else: What you had for dinner last night.
What it means in Vermont: Only the best summer concert ever. If only you could remember it…

11. Blueberries

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Sterling College
What it means everywhere else: The berry that goes in blueberry muffins.
What it means in Vermont: The delicious, tiny fruit that you get when you go to the Vermont Blueberry Festival or when you pick your own at local farms, filling up buckets until you can’t carry them anymore.

12. Beer

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Jill G
What it means everywhere else: Beer!
What it means in Vermont: Magic Hat Beer!

13. Billboards

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Doug Kerr
What it means everywhere else: Huge, ugly advertisements that litter the sides of highways and are a curse upon the land.
What it means in Vermont: This word has officially been blotted from the Vermont dictionary, as billboards have been outlawed.

14. Autumn

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Matt Shalvatis
What it means everywhere else: The season before winter when the leaves fall and colors change.
What it means in Vermont: An explosion of color that paints the hills and mountains with the most gorgeous foliage you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.

15. Winter

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Vermont Tourism Facebook
What it means everywhere else: While everyone else lets out a depressed “winter” grunt…
What it means in Vermont: …The people in Vermont cheer, “Winter!!!” ‘Tis the season Vermonters were made for.

16. Snowboarding

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user M Pincus
What it means everywhere else: That crazy sport you see Shawn White slaughter during the Winter Olympics. Maybe you’ll try it someday.
What it means in Vermont: As the birthplace of snowboarding and the Burton snowboarding company, snowboarding is everything.

17. GMOs

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Khalid Hameed
What it means everywhere else: Something to do with food that people get upset about.
What it means in Vermont: As the first state to enact a law which mandates the labeling of all genetically modified foods, Vermont takes the issue of food quality personally.

18. Quaint

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Vermont Tourism Facebook
What it means everywhere else: The look of those charming small towns you only ever really see on television.
What it means in Vermont: The look and feel of every charming corner store, neighborhood, and town throughout the state.

19. Walmart

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart
What it means everywhere else: That superstore found in almost every town that you love to hate. But you did get a good deal on a Dogs Playing Poker shower curtain there once, so that was cool.
What it means in Vermont: The evil monstrosity of a store that up until 1996 didn’t even exist in Vermont. And even now, there are only five to be found across the entire state.

20. Sunset

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Paul Moody
What it means everywhere else: When the day goes from light to dark.
What it means in Vermont: When the day goes from beautiful to stunning.

21. Boardwalk

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user jungle jim3
What it means everywhere else: Where you walk on the beach.
What it means in Vermont: Where you walk at Montshire Museum.

22. Covered Bridge

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user James Walsh
What it means everywhere else: Old fashioned bridges that you might find buried deep in the country a few times in your life.
What it means in Vermont: The bridges you find all over the place which charge you a dollar fine for driving across them faster than you can walk.

23. Castle

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Jay Parker
What it means everywhere else: Where royalty and fairy tale characters live.
What it means in Vermont: The Wilson Castle, which looks like it was sketched straight out of The Secret Garden.

24. Rock Of Ages

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Rob Friesel
What it means everywhere else: Depending on where you live, it’s either that awesome Broadway play or that terrible Tom Cruise movie about 80s hair bands.
What it means in Vermont: A massive granite rock quarry that is one of the most unique natural sights around.

25. Warrant

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Dru Jay
What it means everywhere else: Some cheesy 80s hair band.
What it means in Vermont: What they put out for the arrest of then-President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in 2008. It was more to make a statement than anything, but the pair still have yet to set foot on Vermont soil, so…

26. Cows

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user drocpsu
What it means everywhere else: Where their milk comes from.
What it means in Vermont: Precious cattle that run rampant through the state and make the dairy industry what it is and you probably see every day on your way to school or work. There is one cow for every 3.8 Vermonters. Moo.

27. Crap

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Green Auto Blog
What it means everywhere else: This one is probably self-explanatory. I’ll leave that to you.
What it means in Vermont: Energy. With all those cows running around, Vermont has figured out a way to turn all of the cattle’s waste into a renewable energy source. Cow Power is an innovative leader in the industry and continues to make Vermont proud.

28. Fresh Air

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Vermont Tourism Facebook
What it means everywhere else: Something you have to leave the city and suburbs to get a deep breath of.
What it means in Vermont: Air.

29. Independence

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user Don Shall
What it means everywhere else: The primary principle our country is founded on.
What it means in Vermont: The primary principle their state is founded on. Before Vermont signed into statehood, it was an independent country of its own for 14 years. The people here still cherish the true meaning of the word freedom.

30. Love

30 Words That Mean Something Entirely Different In Vermont
Source: Flickr user nosha
What it means everywhere else: The affection you feel for donuts.
What it means in Vermont: The affection you feel for your beautiful, independent, environmentally friendly, and delicious state. What other words mean something different in the Vermont? Tell us in the comments below!