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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Nickname for Hillsboro, a suburb due west of Portland. Vastly cheaper to live than the city, Hillsboro suffers most from being just a normal suburb and not some swanky bubble (like the Pearl). Also a strong showing of Hispanics.

On July 30th, 2009, Harvard professor Robert Louis Gates and Cambridge police officer James Crowley had a private discussion (and some beers) with Barack Obama at the White House after Gates' famous July 16th arrest. This meeting has been called the "Beer Summit" by amused onlookers.

As used in Pittsburgh, the word means "lately" or "currently" as in "The gas prices are outrageous anymore."

A nickname for Cincinnati in recognition of its former status as a major pork industry center.

1. Town square in the Treme neighborhood where slaves used to meet on Sundays to dance.

2. Sunday was the slave's day off. They would meet at "Place de Negres," which is now called Congo Square. Treme is the cradle of African American music in the New Orleans area, and Congo Square is ground zero.