If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Oregon Slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Portland, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
The Best Oregon Slang
1. Spendy = Expensive
“That organic wine is way too spendy, just get the other stuff.”
2. Sunbreak = A moment of sunshine
A sunbreak is a rare-but-happy moment between clouds when the sun shines down.
3. The sticks = Rural
“He lives out in the sticks.”
4. The mountain is out = Sunny day
When you hear someone saying the “the mountain is out”, this means it’s a sunny, clear day in Portland when Mt. Hood is not covered by clouds.
5. Jojos = Potato wedges
Jojos aren’t just normal potato wedges: a real jojo is a potato wedge that’s been breaded, pressure fried and spiced.
6. The bridge is up = Excuse for being late!
In a city built at the confluence of two rivers, bridges are a major thing in Portland and a great excuse for being late from traffic. “Sorry I’m late guys, the bridge was up.”
7. High muckamuck = Overbearing person
Taken from then from Chinook Jargon hayo makamak, which means “plenty to eat” and boastful, a high muckamuck is someone who believes themselves to be more important than they actually are. “He must be a high muckamuck to take the entire plate of biscuits before anyone else got any.”
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