These 11 phrases are a dead giveaway that you're from Utah

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  • bfwebster Provo, UT
    July 1, 2019 10:30 p.m.

    “I’m sluffing class”

    Uh, the English word is "sloughing", originally meaning to shed or get rid of dead skin, but generalized to mean getting rid of something unwanted or unnecessary. It dates back 200 years or so. Not unique to or originating in Utah.

    "I've got shotgun!"

    Seriously? I grew up with this as a non-Mormon in Southern California half a century ago. The general American usage (with respect to cars) dates to the 1950s. Nothing particularly "Utahn" about it.

    On the other hand, that double-consonant thing? ("kit-ten") I have adult children approaching middle age who lived in Utah when young, have lived outside of Utah most of their adult lives, and still do that.

  • Bigpics West Haven, UT
    July 1, 2019 1:51 p.m.

    Furh-git it!
    Mute point (also outside of UT but the norm here IMO)
    Battrey (at least my mom said that - but she could have brought it from rural Colorado as a kid)

    Oh, and lest we forget, I know these things because I'm from... ...Eeuu-taw.

  • MacD slc, UT
    July 1, 2019 9:21 a.m.

    When we built small wooden structures in trees as kids in California we called them tree forts. In Utah they are called tree huts.

  • BlueHusky Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 22, 2019 10:53 a.m.

    I went to BYU for a year in 1960-61. I was from Boise.

    I was astounded at hearing things like I LAK Riden HARSES, American FARK, popCARN, GOIN down TUH Saint JARGE. But my mother said CARN (grew up is southern Idaho).

    I've traveled through and worked in nearly every US state. New York accent is the worst in my opinion, very nasal. Wisconsin and Minneapolis has a unique nasal accent (the movie Fargo does a good job with that accent). The good ol' Dixie accent has all but died out. Texas drawl still exists ...

    But the American TV accent is slowly destroying regional accents.

  • JSB , 00
    June 21, 2019 7:18 p.m.

    In St. George some people played a horpsicard, not a harpsichord. My mother was from the New England area. When she met my father in New York, she thought that his name, Moroni, was the most beautiful man's name she ever heard. But she had a hard time before she learned that forming was really farming.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    June 21, 2019 4:30 p.m.

    TAS, it's interesting, I lived in American Fork from 1996 through last year, among a lot of old folks you would expect to speak with that accent, but I have NEVER heard that pronunciation, except when someone was joking.

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    June 21, 2019 1:42 p.m.

    With regard to "Lay-un" and "moun-un," don't forget the distinct glottal stop between the two syllables. That's quintessential Utahn.

  • Jb531105 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 21, 2019 12:05 p.m.

    Totally from Utah if you end any conversation with:


  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    June 21, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    More things seem to be "for sell" in Utah than in other states I've lived in.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 21, 2019 11:07 a.m.

    Saying ‘tuh’ Instead of ‘to’
    ‘Pray for moisture’
    ‘Home’ instead of ‘house’ (people in Utah buy a home, not a house)

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 21, 2019 9:49 a.m.

    Do you have fry sauce!

  • SAWing Goodyear, AZ
    June 21, 2019 9:46 a.m.

    From Paysun, "Oh my word!" "ruff" Helped my dad on the ruff.

  • MabelPines Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 21, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    Don't forget that:
    mountain = mou-EN
    Layton = lay-UN
    crayon = crahn
    hundred = HUN-erd
    mirror = meer
    and we all go "up to the Walmarts"

  • Picardy , UT
    June 20, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    Fetch, we have also taken the term "you bet" or "you betcha" to a new level - at least on Sundee!

  • neece Hyde Park, UT
    June 19, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    @ TAS - Tehachapi, CA

    lol I love it that is funny oh and by the way I am also from Tehachapi!!!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 17, 2019 6:36 p.m.

    I recall being shocked that one of my dignified and well educated teacher coworkers in Utah pronounced "tourist" as tor-ist. And when a cousin visited me (from Colorado) and pronounced "Hurricane" as if it were a storm, I thought it was funny because by that time I was sounding like I was from Utah too. Later I acquired a daughter-in-law from Hurricane and now I can hardly say that name as if it is a storm. One of the first times I heard "Oh my heck" it was uttered by the grandson of a prophet, who was in our carpool. I assumed it must be acceptable

    As a child, I learned Spanish in Costilla County, Colorado. I didn't know enough to be proficient, and when I took Spanish at BYU, I learned that the Spanish I learned in Costilla County was entirely different. Locality dialects are fascinating!

  • MapleMountain Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2019 3:49 p.m.

    @LoveToRide - Actually, creek is pronounced "crick" in more parts of the country than just Utah - a quick Google Search on "creek vs crick" will give you the background. I grew up outside Utah and heard "crick" used more frequently than I have ever heard since moving here. But this all reminds me of an old story I heard when I was much younger. Back in the 30's a USGS mapping team was gathering information to update their topographic maps in a rural part of the US. The young team lead asked an "old-timer" what a small creek in the area was called. He told the team that everyone around there just called it "the crick". When the map was finally published, the old-timer bought one to see how it turned out. He noticed that the creek was now labeled "Crick Creek". He scratched his head and said, "Wonder why that smart young feller got it backwards?"

  • Rogers Lambert Fairlawn, VA
    June 17, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    I am a proud graduate of Brigham Young Universty

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    June 17, 2019 11:26 a.m.

    I'm from American Fark where they feed carn to harses.

  • Love to Ride Lehi, UT
    June 13, 2019 6:16 a.m.

    I’ve heard that “creek” is commonly pronounced “crick” around parts in Utah.