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1. Quahog: Local slang for a type of hard-shell clam, later, a fictional suburb of Providence featured on the "Family Guy" tel...  
2. Masshole: The native Rhode Islanders' reference to the hordes of tourists from Massachusetts who swarm their beaches each sum...  
3. Friartown: Nickname for Providence used mostly by students of Providence College and fans of the school's D1 athletic teams.  
4. Low-Numbered License Plates: For some reason, low-numbered license plates have become a status symbol in Rhode Island, to the point of a rash of...  
5. Coffee Milk: A quintessential Rhode Island treat, made with milk and coffee syrup. Believe it or not, coffee milk is in fact the...  
6. ProJo, The: Nickname for the city's award-winning daily newspaper, the Providence Journal. This paper holds the distinction of ...  
7. RISD: Commonly used acronym for the Rhode Island School of Design.  
8. Johnny Cakes: A popular breakfast food in New England; a pancake made with cornmeal, generally served with butter and/or maple sy...  
9. Teflon Mayor, The: Refers to the infamous Buddy Cianci, Rhode Island's most famous and probably most corrupt politician, and the forme...  
10. Renaissance City, The: A nickname for Providence, due to its relatively recent transformation into a culturally rich and beautiful place t...  
 
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