South Dakota Slang

7 South Dakota Slang Words To Sound Like A Local

If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these South Dakota slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Sioux Falls, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.

The Best South Dakota Slang

1. Taverns = Sloppy Joe

What other Americans call a Sloppy Joe, South Dakotans call a tavern (or loosemeat). It’s like a Sloppy Joe but without the tomato!

South Dakota Slang

2. Hot Beef = Roast beef sandwich

The best sandwich in the entire state: hot beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy are an open-faced sandwich that is pure comfort food.

South Dakota Slang

3. Truck Topper = Truck canopy

Otherwise called a canopy and a camper shell in other parts of the country.

South Dakota Slang

4. Scotcheroos = Candy bar

Scotcheroos are dessert bars with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies.

5. Corn hole = Bean bag toss

Corn hole is the fun bean bag toss game you play every summer in South Dakota!

6. Plumb tuckered out = Extremely tired

The only correct response to this phrase in SD is, “You pert’near done run yourself ragged.”

7. Wrasslin’ = Wrestling

Wrestling (or, as they say in South Dakota, ‘wrasslin’) is one of the most popular sports in the state.

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Big 7 Travel Team