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Slang Words Only People From Salt Lake City Say

Each territory in the United States is a melting pot of many different cultures. With that mix of “ingredients,” we call language, unique phrases are born to the states. The way one asks about another’s day in California may sound nothing like it does in South Dakota.

And in Salt Lake City, Utah, it is no different. The combination of religion, culture, and people has birthed some unique words and phrases:

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1.     “Oh my heck!”

This is typically used as an exclamation of surprise or amazement at a particular occurrence, be it positive or negative. As with most regional dialects of English, there are variations on this phrase. Some of those include “Oh my go to heck” to add emphasis of the amazement one feels, “Oh my heck all Friday.” The most explicit version of this you might hear is “Oh my holy crap.”

Compared to the language of Salt Lake City, California bay area cities like San Jose have a more ‘colorful’ dialect of English.

2.     Adding “For” to An Adjective

This is another interesting part of the English dialect spoken in Salt Lake City. Adjectives combined with “for” include ‘for rude, ‘for cute,’ ‘for neat,’ and ‘for ignorant.’ To someone living outside of the city, the words might seem strange. But if while in Salt Lake City, one of your actions warrants someone saying “for rude,” they are addressing what to them is a lack of courtesy.

When you want to exclaim how precious or cute something is, the go-to phrase for citizens of the city is “Fer cuuuute.” If you see a child who you find adorable, this is a completely normal thing to say as a response to the stimuli. Remember that even the syllable of “fer” is also drawn out some when saying the phrase.

3.     Ignernt

If the word looks like familiar or that it might be a variation on “ignorant,” you are absolutely correct. The definition of ignorant is “lacking education or knowledge” or “showing or arising from a lack of knowledge.”

In Salt Lake City speak, to call someone ‘ignernt’ is to call someone rude. Most might assume that being called that is being called ‘stupid,’ though. When a person is telling a story of a person’s negative attitude during a store transaction, they might say something along the lines of “He was so ignernt to me.”

4.     You Bet

In California, when a person is “Would you be able to get here an hour early?” the person getting the question may answer with, “Of course.” Salt Lake City has only a slight variation with the words “You Bet.”

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If your mom asks “Would you mow the lawn?” it would be completely normal to respond with “you bet.”

5.     Brown Bagging

As a Californian, I understand “brown bagging” as a cashier at a store or gas station placing a large can or bottle of beer into a paper bag for the customer who purchased it. Oddly enough, in Salt Lake City “brown bagging” is simply taking your own wine or beer to the table.

6.     Private Clubs

This one is a little more unique to the state of Utah, as far as I understand. The Utahn word for bar, “private clubs” charge an entrance fee to get around the public smoking ban enacted by the state.

7.     Doodah

The word ‘Doodah’ is actually pretty funny. One could say that it’s a more endearing way take a jab at someone’s intelligence. ‘Dunce’ would be the closest equivalent to it. But the definition is ‘a silly person.’ Common uses may include “Go get the right wrench, you doodah” or “don’t be such a doodah.”

8.     Inactive

This may also be one more common among the entire state as well as Salt Lake City. For someone to be ‘inactive’ means that they do not attend church on a regular basis. If you’re not one for Sunday worship, expect to hear the word if you speak with anyone in the city regarding religion and church.

9.     Lake Stink

There isn’t really anything metaphorical about the term “lake stink.” It is the name given to the odor that emanates from the surface of the Salt Lake when pushed into populated areas by wind currents.

10. Dcha, djew, djeet

When people wish ask with the words “did you,” those in Salt Lake City would use ‘dcha’ regularly. ‘Djew’ is also a variation of ‘did you.’ ‘Djeet’ is a very short what of asking someone if they’ve eaten.

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