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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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.

Kentucky's obsession with the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. The tradition rich program is a great source of pride for the locals. The team has seven NCAA and two Helms national championships...

Bluecifer is a nickname for the devil-eyed blue mustang sculpture by Denver's airport.

Paczki's are deep-fried Polish doughnuts which mark the beginning of Lent, and are most often consumed on "Fat Tuesday." Traditionally, these rich doughnuts were intended to use all of the forbidden lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit in one's house before the season of abstinence began. These flattened spheres are often dusted with powdered sugar or a simple glaze. Popular fillings include prunes, rose-petal jam, and apricot, though Paczkis can also be found with more common fillings such as Bavarian cream, raspberry jam, or custard.

Philadelphia's area code and a colloquial term for Philadelphia itself, as in the following sentence: "Allen Iverson was really representin' the 215 in Los Angeles last night when he torched Kobe."