Connecticut Slang 101

Connecticut Slang 101

Everything you need to know about what your CT friends are saying.
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The great state of Connecticut is often forgotten about because it is the third smallest state in the United States. It is a part of New England and the Tri-State Area. Us Nutmeggers or Connecticuters or Connecticutions, or whatever you wanna call us are special in our own way. There are certain things we say that outsiders would never understand. It's basically our slang. It's hard for us to explain to others. If you're from another state and have friends that come from Connecticut, you'll often hear these terms. If you're from another state and move to Connecticut, you're going to have to learn these terms.

This is the ultimate guide to understanding the Connecticut Slang.


Packie/Packy/Package Store

Surprisingly, it's not a store that sells packages or whatever you were thinking. It's a New England term for the liquor store. Often, people will say they are going on a "packy run."


Tag Sale

Also, probably not what you were thinking. It's our version of a garage sale or a yard sale.

Grinder

A grinder is basically a sandwich, submarine or hoagie.

New Haven

Here are two definitions thanks to Urban Dictionary:

One of the few places in America where rich white kids and poor black men coexist.

A little city with ridiculous ghettos but also million dollar homes...Yalies (people who attend Yale University) and homeless people share the downtown. Known for amazing apizza and Toad's (will explain these two later).

Apizza

The best pizza you will ever eat from New Haven, Connecticut (usually from Pepe's, Modern, and Sally's). Some people pronounce it 'ah-beetz. Your favorite pizza place will never compare.


Toad's

Toad's Place is a tiny nightclub and concert venue in New Haven, Connecticut. Back in the day, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, U2, and Billy Joel made appearances here. Today, you will find artists such as Juicy J, Aaron Carter, Chris Webby and many more. Also, probably one of the grossest places ever.


Duchess

The best fast-food in the state. Shoutout to Duchess for serving breakfast all day.


Beach

The closest thing we have to a beach is the Long Island Sound. Nobody really swims in it. I once found a dead racoon washed up on the shore.


U-ey

This is also known as a U-turn.


XFINITY Theatre

Formally known as the Meadows or Comcast Theatre. It is a huge outdoor/indoor concert venue in Hartford, Connecticut. If you didn't spend at least one day/night here in the summer during high school, what did you do?

Bonfire

Sometimes it's an actual bonfire. Sometimes it's a party in the woods (there may or may not even be a bonfire).

Cumby's

The best convenience store ever (Cumberland Farms). People will come here to hang out when there isn't anything else to do. Home to people's favorite and cheapest slushie.


Everyone from Connecticut is all too familiar with the above terms. Don't ask me why things are this way, they just are.

Shoutout to the 203 and 860.

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I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

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To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

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Late at night men gain a confidence that no one can quite explain. The dry spell of Monday through Thursday finally ends as Friday approaches and women's phones start going off with the "u up?" text.

The explanation could be that men are doing this just to use you, but if we dig a little deeper and ask why do men suddenly gain the confidence to text women late at night versus during the week or during the day, then maybe we will have a better understanding of the man behind the "u up?" text.

The term "Saturdays are for the boys" has become wildly popular and men have taken it quite literally until all of their boys have left the bars with their girlfriends or other girls and now he is sitting there alone feeling like the only guy who didn't go home with a girl. You pop into his mind, but it's desperate "u up?" text. He isn't texting you to see you because he misses you or because he wants to get to know you better at three A.M.

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