As you travel across the country, you're more than likely to hear a few terms that might seem a little "foreign" to you, but it's just part of the local dialect.

For instance, what I always called a water fountain (the thing you get a drink out of) is apparently referred to as a "bubbler" in places like Wisconsin. Down south, folks tend to combine or abbreviate words like "ya'll" and "fixin". In the northeast, the term "wicked" is a popular phrase as well.

So does Montana have its own version of terms or words that non-locals might not understand or struggle with?  Apparently, we do.

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The website Enjoy Travel has a list of 7 Montana Slang Words To Sound Like A Local. Now, I'm not sure that any of the folks from Enjoy Travel has actually spent much time in Montana.

Now granted, I wasn't born and raised in Big Sky Country, but I've spent several years here, and with the exception of a couple of these, I'm not familiar at all. So, I decided to ask some locals, and they weren't familiar with most of these either.

So which "slang words" make the list? Let's take a look at them.

Prarie Maggots.  According to the website, this is a slang term for Sheep. They also say that "Meadow Maggots" is also another term for the animal.

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A Buck Ninety-Eight. Supposedly a Montana term used to describe something expensive.

Rocky Mountain Oysters. Ok, so we're all familiar with this term and while I've never tried them, I'm told that they're delicious.

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Barrow Pit. Enjoy Travel says this is a term that we Montanans use for a ditch.

Chicken Foot. Of course, we're not actually talking about a foot of a chicken. It seems the term chicken foot is used to describe a fork in the road.

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Big Stick. Big Timber is a small town located in Sweet Grass Country with a population of under 2000 people, and has the nickname "Big Stick".

Caboodle. Here's another term we supposedly use often in Montana. Caboodle means a full amount.

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So what do you think?  If you're a local, are these terms you use on a regular basis? Or is the list way off base? Is there a term or two that we missed?  Let us know by sending us a message on our radio station app.

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