25 Words That Are Interpreted Differently In West Virginia

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1. Ma’am/Sir

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What it means everywhere else: What you call customers when you’re working in the service industry and they are clearly your elders.
What it means in West Virginia: What you call literally anyone you don’t know extremely well out of respect. It essentially functions like the formal usted in Spanish.

2. Poke

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What it means everywhere else: To jab someone with a finger, or to do the most annoying thing you can possibly do on Facebook (including all of those Farmville invites).
What it means in West Virginia: Just another way of saying grocery bag.

3. Peck

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What it means everywhere else: A brief and often platonic kiss.
What it means in West Virginia: A considerable amount. You really don’t want to hear that you’re in “a peck of trouble,” because that means you’re definitely in some serious trouble.

4. Molasses

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What it means everywhere else: A syrupy by-product of turning sugarcane into sugar.
What it means in West Virginia: Something that’s moving way too slowly.

5. Pepperoni Rolls

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What it means everywhere else: What, you mean like those pizza roll things?
What it means in West Virginia: The most delicious food in the entire world, and literally what you would eat every day for the rest of your life if you could.

6. Coleslaw

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What it means everywhere else: A cabbage-based side dish.
What it means in West Virginia: A condiment that you’ll put on just about anything, but especially hot dogs.

7. Redneck

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What it means everywhere else: A derogatory term for uneducated or working class southerners.
What it means in West Virginia: A term that was literally appropriated by the United Mine Workers union when they tied red bandanas around their necks to fight for safer working conditions for not just West Virginian coal miners, but miners everywhere.

8. Buggy

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What it means everywhere else: Something a horse pulls around and people sit in.
What it means in West Virginia: What you put your groceries in and push around in the store.

9. Hunting

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What it means everywhere else: A hobby that involves shooting game for sport or for food.
What it means in West Virginia: Something your parents have pulled you out of school for at least once as a kid.

10. Blinked

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What it means everywhere else: When someone closed and opened their eyes.
What it means in West Virginia: What you call milk when it’s gone sour.

11. Herd

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Source: Marshall University Athletics Facebook

What it means everywhere else: A large group of animals.
What it means in West Virginia: The best college football team ever.

12. Holler

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What it means everywhere else: To shout or cry out.
What it means in West Virginia: A unit of measurement when talking about distance. For example, “It’s a hoot and a holler away.”

13. Spell

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What it means everywhere else: A magical incantation or ritual that makes something fantastical happen.
What it means in West Virginia: An undetermined amount of time. (When a West Virginian grandmother asks you to sit for “a spell” and talk, it can be determined that it’s going to be awhile.)

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14. Scolding

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What it means everywhere else: What your parents do when you misbehave as a child.
What it means in West Virginia: When your parents threaten you with a switchin’ or a trip to Pruntytown or another correctional facility when you misbehave as a child.

15. Crick

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What it means everywhere else: A painful thing you get in your neck if you sleep on it wrong.
What it means in West Virginia: The proper way to say “creek.” Also, a common landmark when giving directions.

16. Red

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What it means everywhere else: One of the three primary colors.
What it means in West Virginia: When followed by “up” it’s the equivalent of clean. For example, to “red up” your room means tidy up your room.

17. Mess

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What it means everywhere else: Something that’s dirty or chaotic.
What it means in West Virginia: A unit of measurement, meaning a whole lot of something. For example, a lot of chicken wings would be a “whole mess of chicken wings.”

18. Fixing

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What it means everywhere else: To repair something that’s broken.
What it means in West Virginia: The G is usually dropped, but it means “about to.” If you’re fixin’ to make dinner, you’re not actually making it yet—you’re just going to make dinner in the near future.

19. Ramps

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What it means everywhere else: Slopes that join different levels, and a more accessible alternative to stairs.
What it means in West Virginia: What you call every kind of onion.

20. ‘Mater

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What it means everywhere else: A character in the Pixar movie Cars.
What it means in West Virginia: A tomato, or, in the correct West Virginian pronunciation, tomater.

21. Coal

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What it means everywhere else: A source of energy, and something that’s always paired with the buzzword “clean.”
What it means in West Virginia: What at least one person you know (if not many more) makes their living mining.

22. Tudors

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Source: Tudor’s Biscuit World via Facebook

What it means everywhere else: A royal house, an architectural style, and a steamy Showtime series.
What it means in West Virginia: Tudor’s Biscuit World AKA the best breakfast food ever.

23. Cornbread

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Source: Flickr user jeffreyww

What it means everywhere else: A delicious southern bread and standby comfort food.
What it means in West Virginia: What you use to sop up your pinto beans.

24. Organ

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Source: Organ Cave Tours Facebook

What it means everywhere else: A part of your body that serves a specific function, like the heart or lungs.
What it means in West Virginia: Literally the coolest cave you’ve ever seen.

25. Y’all

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What it means everywhere else: A southern expression that’s the equivalent of “you all” or “you guys.”
What it means in West Virginia: The most used word in your entire vocabulary.

My Neighbors Mansion

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I’m usually not the jealous type, but my neighbors have already started doing renovations again this year. I know I shouldn’t let it get to me, but I just can’t sit here and look at there immaculate home knowing how terrible mine must look directly beside theirs.. Just look at it, is this not the most glorious mansion you have ever laid your eyes on?

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Nuts On Your Truck?

Well, I don’t know if any other parts of the country are being afflicted with this epidemic, but it is spreading like wildfire here in WV. It seems that certain people think it is really cool to hang a pair of balls from the back of their vehicle. No, not basketballs or baseballs, but testicles.

It’s usually raised pickup trucks or more macho types of cars like old hot rods whose owners feel it necessary to affix the nuts, because lord knows anyone who doesn’t drive those types of vehicles does not have balls.

Here is the first hit google gives you when you type in “truck nuts”: http://www.truck-nuts.com/index.html

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I think these type of ‘hey look at me’ gimmicks and devices only serve to make the people who display this stuff look really stupid. In fact, if you display these, you are displaying the fact that you are an asshole. If you have balls, why do you think it’s necessary to display them? I think it just means that you don’t have ‘balls’ and are just trying to con everyone. If you have ‘balls’ there is no need to display them, just let your actions exemplify that fact. I would much rather spend my hard earned cash on car covers to protect my vehicle.

Former WVU Coach Rich Rodriguez In Hot Water?

Unfortunately, all of us here in WV are forced to wonder just why Rich Rodriguez left our beloved mountaineers. Maybe a lawsuit will clear things up a bit. I will be interested and anxiously awaiting the former Coaches response.

It’s bad enough that we lost Coach Belien to Michigan, but two coaches in as many years heading off to the same school? What the hell happened here? Are the Michigan deals simply too good to turn down, or is WVU pissing in the coaches Cheerios every morning?

By Pam Ramsey
Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors sued former football coach Rich Rodriguez Thursday to collect a $4 million buyout of his contract with the school.

The lawsuit, filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court, says the university believes Rodriguez doesn’t intend to abide by the contract.

The buyout clause requires Rodriguez to pay $4 million to WVU over a two-year period, with one-third of the total due 30 days after his employment’s termination. His resignation was effective Dec. 19.

Rodriguez’s agent, Mike Brown, declined to comment Thursday night on the lawsuit.

Rodriguez went to Michigan after seven seasons in Morgantown, where he led West Virginia to four Big East championships and a 60-26 record.

West Virginia officials decided to ask a court to enforce the contract after supporters of Rodriguez questioned its validity and the coach did not disavow those statements, said Alex Macia, vice president of legal affairs and legal counsel for the university.

“There are very clear statements and factually incorrect statements by people who purportedly speak for the coach,” Macia said.

“There comes a time when you have to have a court pronounce as a matter of law what happened,” he said.

Rodriguez and the university agreed to a seven-year contract on Dec. 21, 2002, and it has been extended twice since then. The latest revision was agreed to on Dec. 8, 2006, when Rodriguez was considering an offer from Alabama. The revised contract was to run through the 2013 season.

In addition to increasing Rodriguez’s salary, the 2006 contract extension included a $100,000 supplemental payment to the assistant coaches’ salary pool and $6.2 million in improvements to the team’s athletic building, the Milan Puskar Center.

According to the lawsuit, the university fulfilled the contract’s terms and Rodriguez never gave it written notice, as required by the contract, that it had not followed the agreement, the lawsuit said.

“The university performed and upheld its end of the bargain,” Macia said.

University officials were not aware of and did not consent to Rodriguez’s discussions with Michigan officials about the Wolverines’ coaching job, the lawsuit said.

A summons issued to Rodriguez gave him 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.

I Miss My GPS

I used to have a Magellan GPS that I used for Geocaching. The wife and I absolutely loved going Geocaching. We used to make a weekend out of it. Then came the time when we lost our handheld GPS.

Were not sure if we left it at a Geocache, or if someone swiped it out of the car. My name, address, and phone number was on the startup screen, but if it was stolen, I guess that doesn’t do much good. A thief is a thief. That has put an end to our Geocaching. We haven’t splurged and bought a new GPS yet.

I have been slowly and methodically putting together my Christmas list that I will have to turn in to my wife soon. I found a few nice GPS that I am fond of. I am still debating on whether or not I want another Magellan, or if I would like to try out one of the Garmin units. Both manufacturers seem to have their own die-hard fanboys, a lot like the video game industry does.

I would also like to have a navigation unit for the car, but maybe I shouldn’t press my luck too much…. 🙂

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