Frequently Asked Questions

What is CityDictionary.com?

City Dictionary is a reference for local language in the United States. City Dictionary Citizens can create dictionary entries to define local language for their cities. People can also benefit from their fellow Citizens’ work by learning about other cities in the US. This information sharing will promote understanding of—and appreciation for—the many ways that Americans speak.

The Citizen-generated dictionary entries are voted on by other Citizens, which tends to push the best words to the top of each city’s page, as well as push the best definitions to the top of each word page.

Why do I need to register?

When you register we can keep track of the work you've done and reward you with greater autonomy on the site.

How do I earn points?

You earn points on City Dictionary by providing useful information. You earn 1 point for adding a word or photo and 5 points for adding a definition. In addition, you receive 1 point for each positive vote for your definitions and photos.

What if my town isn't listed?

There are a number of small towns that are not currently listed on the site. If you would like to add an entry for a town or city not listed, please just let us know the city, state and the nearest larger city.

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Used instead of "as far as", for example, "I went to the store to buy cauliflower but the snack food aisle was all the further I got."

Gravy made from instant coffee and ham grease. it probably tastes better than it sounds, but the non-Alabama native may opt to take someone else's word for it.

Literally, "Is it not so?", a slurring of "ain't it, hey?". May be used after a statement of fact when one expects a response, reply, or nod of acknowledgement. Ex: "Dem Brewers is doin' good dis year, aina hey?".

A key ingredient for the infamous 'triple-bypass' breakfast sandwich; a sliced salami-like deli meat wrapped in a cloth...Trenton's ubiquitous mystery meat.

Bassett Street came within a vote of being renamed Ho Chi Minh Trail in the early 1970's as a protest against the Viet Nam War.