If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Alaskan slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as stunning natural beauty, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
Take note of these essential Alaskan phrases and you’ll fit right in – or at the very least, not be confused if somebody says one of these sayings!
Alaskan Slang Words
1. Cheechako – This is a term for a newcomer to Alaska
Wanna bet the highway hold up is caused by some cheechako not used to driving in the snow?! This word technically means ‘tenderfoot’.
2. Sourdough – A long-time Alaskan
This complete opposite of a cheechako! Learn off these phrases and you might get mistaken for a true sourdough.
3. Snowbird – A snowbird is an individual who spends summers in Alaska and migrates south for winter
Those snowbirds can’t handle the cold!
4. Termination Dust – The first snowfall in the mountains each year
This pretty term means that winter is finally on its way.
5. Ditch Diver – Someone who owns a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and learns the hard way by driving too fast on ice and snow
Be careful – even the very best drivers can sometimes go ditch driving!
6. Outside – When Alaskans talk about going outside they are referring to anything beyond Alaskan borders; this usually refers to the rest of the US
If you say you’re going ‘Outside’ for a few weeks, you’re probably off on vacation to Hawaii, or New York, or anywhere that’s not Alaska.
7. Snow Machine – Snowmobile
One way to peg a cheechako in Alaska is if they use the term snowmobile instead of snow machine.
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