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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20 Things That Happen When A Jersey Person Leaves Jersey

Hoagies, pizza, and bagels will never be the same.
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Ah, the "armpit of America." Whether you traveled far for college, moved away, or even just went on vacation--you know these things to be true about leaving New Jersey. It turns out to be quite a unique state, and leaving will definitely take some lifestyle adjustment.

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1. You discover an accent you swore you never had.

Suddenly, people start calling you out on your pronunciation of "cawfee," "wooter," "begel," and a lot more words you totally thought you were saying normal.

2. Pork Roll will never exist again.

Say goodbye to the beautiful luxury that is pork roll, egg, and cheese on a bagel. In fact, say goodbye to high-quality breakfast sandwiches completely.

3. Dealing with people who use Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, or Dominos as their go-to pizza.

It's weird learning that a lot of the country considers chain pizza to be good pizza. You're forever wishing you could expose them to a real, local, family-style, Italian-owned pizza shop. It's also a super hard adjustment to not have a pizza place on every single block anymore.

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4. You probably encounter people that are genuinely friendly.

Sure Jersey contains its fair share of friendly people, but as a whole, it's a huge difference from somewhere like the South. People will honestly, genuinely smile and converse with strangers, and it takes some time to not find it sketchy.

5. People drive way slower and calmer.

You start to become embarrassed by the road rage that has been implanted in your soul. You'll get cut off, flipped off, and honked at way less. In fact, no one even honks, almost ever.

6. You realize that not everyone lives an hour from the shore.

Being able to wake up and text your friends for a quick beach trip on your day off is a thing of the past. No one should have to live this way.

7. You almost speak a different language.

The lingo and slang used in the Jersey area is... unique. It's totally normal until you leave, but then you find yourself receiving funny looks for your jargon and way fewer people relating to your humor. People don't say "jawn" in place of every noun.

8. Hoagies are never the same.

Or as others would say, "subs." There is nothing even close in comparison.

9. Needing Wawa more than life, and there's no one to relate.

When you complain to your friends about missing Wawa, they have no reaction. Their only response is to ask what it is, but there's no rightful explanation that can capture why it is so much better than just some convenient store.

10. You have to learn to pump gas. Eventually.

After a long period of avoidance and reluctance, I can now pump gas. The days of pulling up, rolling down your window, handing over your card and yelling "Fill it up regular please!" are over. When it's raining or cold, you miss this the most.

11. Your average pace of walking is suddenly very above-average.

Your friends will complain that you're walking too fast - when in reality - that was probably your slow-paced walk. Getting stuck behind painfully slow people is your utmost inconvenience.

12. You're asked about "Jersey Shore" way too often.

No, I don't know Snooki. No, our whole state and shore is not actually like that. We have 130 miles of some of the best beach towns in the country.

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13. You can't casually mention NYC without people idealizing some magical, beautiful city.

Someone who has never been there has way too perfect an image of it. The place is quite average and dirty. Don't get me wrong, I love a good NYC day trip as much as the next person, but that's all it is to you... a day trip.

14. The lack of swearing is almost uncomfortable.

Jerseyans are known for their foul mouths, and going somewhere that isn't as aggressive as us is quite a culture adjustment.

15. No more jughandles.

No longer do you have to get in the far right lane to make a left turn.

16. You realize that other states are not nearly as extreme about their North/South division.

We literally consider them two different states. There are constant arguments and debates about it. The only thing that North and South Jersey can agree on is that a "Central Jersey" does not exist.

17. Most places also are not in a war over meat.

"Pork roll" or "taylor ham"... The most famous debate amongst North and South Jersey. It's quite a stupid argument, however, considering it is definitely pork roll.

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18. You realize you were spoiled with fresh produce.

After all, it's called the "Garden State" for a reason. Your mouth may water just by thinking about some fresh Jersey corn.

19. You'll regret taking advantage of your proximity to everything.

Super short ride to the beach and a super short ride to Philly or NYC. Why was I ever bored?

20. Lastly, you realize how much pride you actually have in the "armpit of America," even if you claimed to dislike it before.

After all, there aren't many places with quite as much pride. You find yourself defending your state at all necessary moments, even if you never thought that would be the case.

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The Case Against Curtis X. Meyer Begs “Poetic” Justice

An alleged sexual predator attempted to sneak back into the public eye.
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ORLANDO- To celebrate National Poetry Month, local radio station 90.7 WMFE will be hosting the “Zip-Ode Throwdown” on Thursday, April 26 to encourage young, local poets to write odes to their zip code. To boost that event, they have been posting “Zip-Odes” beginning April 1, including an article published containing thirty pieces by local poet Curtis X. Meyer.

The article received backlash immediately after it was posted on Friday, April 20. Local poets wrote to the station both by email and through Facebook comments to voice concerns with Meyer’s featured work.

Meyer is a well-known name in the local literature and poetry scene, having founded Orlando Poetry Slam – formerly SAFE Words Slam – which he ran up until this past summer. He has competed on numerous national stages and represented Orlando on many slam teams for poetry, and he was a runner-up to be Orlando’s poet laureate.

He is well known and a powerful name in his craft, yet one issue clouds his name – alleged sexual harassment and assault.

Kira Calvaresi is a local poet and the host of Wednesday Open Words at Austin’s Coffee. Calvaresi recalled multiple accounts of inappropriate behavior by Meyer as early as 2015, when they were 20 years old and Meyer was 30.

One reported incident was when Meyer installed a showerhead in their bathroom and made inappropriate comments about it in the month that followed, Calvaresi said.

“He kept making jokes about me using it to masturbate,” Calvaresi said. “And he continued to do so, even after I said, ‘No, that makes me uncomfortable. Please stop.’”

They added that Meyer would then stop the comments briefly before starting again.

“He seemed to think that it was fun," Calvaresi said. "And that me being uncomfortable was the point."

E, another alleged victim, had a similar experience with Meyer. E is not local to Orlando, and first met Meyer at a national poetry event.

“We were at a nerd slam, and I read a piece, and I saw him take interest in me,” E said.

According to E, after the slam ended, Meyer allegedly cornered her, asked about her pieces, and invaded her personal space.

“It was very off-putting,” E said.

At the time, E was 16 years old and Meyer was around 30 years old. E said that she saw Meyer at another national event two years later, where he acted similarly, and Meyer invaded her personal space and spoke to E in a way that made her very uncomfortable. E said she was also made to feel uncomfortable on social media by Meyer.

“So much goes through a young person’s head in that situation,” E said. “He was an important name, and I was new. I was ridiculously afraid of jeopardizing my chance [at the poetry slam].”

Another alleged victim, called R, was a close friend of Meyer and had done poetry in the same venues for years. Then in the summer of last year, Meyer began to make sexual advances on her - both in person and by text message.

“I repeatedly asked Curtis to stop and stated that I wasn’t interested,” R said. “He was my friend, and he was in a position of power in the poetry community. I didn’t want to lose access to my friends and to performance opportunities.”

According to R, she would request for Meyer to stop - and he would for a while - but then he would come on even stronger afterward. It eventually evolved into stalking behavior and to the point where R did not feel comfortable alone with Meyer. This eventually came to a head last fall, when Meyer physically assaulted R.

“He forcibly grabbed me from behind and groped me,” R said.

Several victims reportedly came forward to the administrations of local poetry slams this past fall, resulting in Meyer being banned from many major poetry slam venues in Orlando, including, but not limited to, UCF’s Project SPIT, Wednesday Open Words, and what was formerly his pet project, the Orlando Poetry Slam. These bans were set in place during the fall of 2017.

Xiania Campbell, president of Project SPIT, made the decision to ban him from her organization.

“My teammates came to me saying that Curtis was harassing them and that they would stop coming to events if he would be there,” Campbell said. “Project SPIT is a collegiate club, meaning that we have younger girls here that he could prey on, and I couldn’t in good conscience allow that type of person in my venue knowing what he could do.”

This concern is mirrored in the testimony of the aforementioned victims who stated they were targeted as young artists.

“That is exactly where he’ll find other people to harass," E said. "Young people, like I was."

R said she was horrified of the situation.

“He is banned from almost all poetry and open mic spaces in central Florida, to limit his access to future victims,” she said.

Local poets Troy Cunio and Eddie Figures stated that there is also a history of Meyer appropriating African American experiences.

“[Meyer] is always misrepresenting himself," Figures said. "He’s performative. He is a white presenting person.”

Figures said that Meyer had posted horrendously inappropriate entries on Urban Dictionary, referring to the entries as “racist made-up slang.” The posts have since been taken down by Meyer, but screenshots have been saved by several local poets.

The disturbing entries include very derogatory language regarding women, as well as the use of the n-word.

Both Cunio and Figures reference Meyer being a bully and an appropriator.

"He should not have a public voice," Cunio said.

Reportedly, Meyer is also notorious for making women and femme-presenting people uncomfortable at events. Where the same crowd of men would stay consistently attending local poetry events for years, it was a revolving door for women.

“[Meyer] would pick a girl as a favorite for a couple of months, and then you would never see them again,” Cunio said.

Calvarsi said that they would hate to think of all of the women and femme people and queer people that stopped attending events due to Curtis making them feel uncomfortable.

No victims have opted to take legal action against Meyer at this time.

Some are disappointed that their wish for anonymity is preventing them from being taken seriously.

“[Meyer] is reciting odes to zip codes that he abused women in…Over and over, victims have been dismissed because police reports were never filed. That is the most frustrating part…we are all terrified that speaking on the record could give him ammunition for legal retaliation. I want justice, but I don’t want my life further disrupted by someone who still finds ways to harass me,” R said.


There are other rumored allegations that cannot be attested firsthand by these interviewees, but that they all knew of, including several counts of plagiarism in Meyer’s popular poems and an incident where Meyer allegedly groped and sexually assaulted a young woman behind a venue.

Some were shocked that Meyer tried to make his way back into the Orlando poetry scene so publicly, following the bans. Others, not so much.

"He wasn't going to be gone for good," Figures said. "He's just biding his time. He's going to try to come out swinging. This isn't over yet."

R had similar thoughts and said that Meyer had promised to avoid poetry spaces in an attempt to secure the safety of attendees, but he broke that promise.

The six poets interviewed were all disappointed that Meyer was being given a public voice, despite all of the bans and safety precautions set in place by the local venues.

“[Seeing Meyer being spotlighted by WMFE] made me feel really unsafe," Calvaresi said. "I think that every person that has ever been assaulted or harassed has been made to feel unsafe when they see that someone who is an alleged predator has been given platform, regardless of the allegations against them."

WMFE stated that Meyer wrote ZipOdes for the radio segment but was never a part of the event program.

WMFE released this statement:

"90.7 WMFE became aware of the sexual harassment allegations made against Curtis X. Meyer after our Spotlight segment aired/was published on wmfe.org. We take these allegations seriously and are investigating them. We are asking folks with information to please email News Director Catherine Welch at cwelch@wmfe.org."

Although the program is a public event, individuals at WFME asked Meyer to not attend until the investigation is complete, according to a revised WFME Facebook post.

Meyer denied opportunity to comment.

You can view the WMFE article and Facebook post mentioned here.

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