If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Maryland slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Baltimore, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
The Best Maryland Slang Words
1. Downy oshun = Ocean City
“I’m going downy oshun this weekend!”
2. Jeet yet = Did you eat yet?
Mark says, “Djeetyet?” and John replies, “No, ju?”
3. Jimmy = Blue crab
Jimmy is another word for a male blue crab, but usually only crab experts (a.k.a Marylanders!) would know this. You can tell if a crab is a Jimmy by the Washington Monument-like shape it has on the bottom of it.
4. Bet = ‘Yes/OK’
Whenever you agree with someone or want to say yes, you can just use the word ‘bet’ instead.
5. Sice = Excited
It can also be used if someone is over-exaggerating something. Eg: “I shouted at him because he’d siced the situation.”
6. Hoco/Moco/Carroll/Frederick = MD Counties
In Maryland, locals refer to themselves by counties! Hoco means you’re from Howard County, Moco stands for Montgomery County, etc.
7. DMV = D.C., Maryland, Virginia
Anywhere else in the States, DMV is where you go to get your drivers’ license. Marylanders say it to mean D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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