If you’ve lived in the land of sunshine for more than five years you will understand these hilarious words and phrases only Floridians know. If you’re a recent transplant to the Sunshine State, use this as a guide to start speaking Floridian.
1) “Chicken-Tender-Pub-Sub”- As the unofficial state sandwich, this savory Publix sub unites us all as Floridians. The chicken tender sub is a staple food in the diet of most Floridians. New to the state and not wanting to look like a tourist? Stop by your local neighborhood Publix on the way to the beach and order one with confidence (p.s. don’t let the locals see your out of state license plate in the parking lot)
Chicken Tender Pub Subs are on Sale for $5.99
RT to save a life pic.twitter.com/kbLC9gdJfv
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) August 21, 2015
2) “I’m from ____[INSERT NAME OF NEAREST LARGE CITY]____”– Used when trying to explain where your lesser known hometown is by comparing it to the nearest notable city in Florida.
“I’m from Altamonte.”
“I live 20 minutes from Orlando.”
3) “It’ll pass”– The phrase Floridians live by during summer. Referring to Florida’s quick afternoon rain showers that quickly move through an area in less than 15 minutes. Dark clouds moving in on your backyard barbecue pool party? Don’t worry, “it’ll pass”.
4) “The Stingray Shuffle”– Growing up in Florida you are either taught what this means, or you learn the hard way. Next time you’re at the beach make sure you shuffle your feet before you step on a living doormat in the sea. If you’re lucky you may even come home rich with a wallet full of Florida’s natural currency- sand dollars!
— Susan Pierson (@susanmpierson) July 20, 2015
5) “My Publix”– With over 1,000 stores in the Sunshine State, most Floridians have a Publix grocery store in their local community. Each store has a unique product selection and layout that causes Floridians to grow emotionally attached to “their Publix”.
Warning: Placing a Floridian in an unfamiliar Publix store may cause confusion, hysteria and immense sweating. If you ever witness a shopper showing these symptoms, kindly lead them to the nearest deli and order them a “chicken-tender-pub-sub”.
When you walk into a Publix that's not 'your Publix' pic.twitter.com/YtQaZTmVWp
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) June 1, 2016
6) FLVS– Florida Virtual School. The recent online alternative to Florida’s public school system. This program has been ruining Floridian children’s summer fun since the year 2000. This virtual classroom is now the leading cause of nightmares in children ages 8-18 (source: personal experience).
RT if you have ever felt personally victimized by FLVS pic.twitter.com/9bfx3aQcNL
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) July 20, 2015
7) FCAT– The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. #RIP 1998-2015. This standardized test was the second worst part of winter Floridian’s had to worry about during the January and February months. Along the below 70 degree weather, Floridian students also dreaded this annual exam.
8) Sandspur– Florida’s natural LEGOS. Step on one of these you are likely to shout a few extra slang words. Don’t forget your flip-flops when you step outside so you don’t fall victim to these prickly plants!
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) February 27, 2016
9) No-See-Ums– The bugs that you can feel, but can’t see. These flying menaces are often found near bodies of water, which unfortunately is where most Floridians are found as well. The “no-see-um” flies may cause Floridians to wave their arms in a flailing motion, also known as the no-see-um dance. It’s the hottest dance craze of the summer in Florida.
10) Snowbird– If you don’t know what this means, it’s because you are one. This term refers to anyone that lives north of Georgia and vacations in the Sunshine State to hibernate away from the Northern winters. These migrant visitors can often be spotted leaving the beach severely sunburned, wearing closed toed shoes and floral print shirts.
11) “Liquid Sunshine”– “It’s not raining, that’s just liquid sunshine.” This Floridian phenomenon occurs when it’s precipitating while the sun is still shining. Often experienced during the summer months while enjoying any outdoor activities after 3 p.m. Just remember “it’ll pass.”
The Florida struggle is real… pic.twitter.com/qd92JVWBXj
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) June 28, 2016
12) Hurricane Day– Like a snow day, but for Floridians. Next time you see a tropical storm heading for the Sunshine State just know there are thousands of Floridian students across the state praying for a day off from school.
13) “Winter” – The four weeks of weather below 65 degrees during the year in Florida.
14) Lovebug Season– These pesky insects are everything but loved by Floridians. “Love”bugs infest the Sunshine State during the months of April and May and again during August and September. Just like Northern tourists, these bugs fill the roadways and infiltrate our local land twice per year for just a few weeks at a time.
15) “Vacation”– Spending the weekend at a popular tourist destination, but only driving 30 minutes from home. #WeLiveWhereYouVacation
16) “Chilly”– When the temperature is below 70 degrees, but above 65 degrees. Commonly confused with “freezing”, which is any weather below 65 degrees. “Chilly” weather wear includes sandals, jeans, a hoodie and a tank top underneath for when the temperature reaches 80 degrees by the end of the day.
17) “A Coke, please”– Or “a soda”, used when ordering any carbonated soda beverage, whether you mean Sprite, Pepsi, Coca-Cola etc. If a Floridian is not asking for a Coke they’re probably ordering a sweet tea. All Floridians know “pop” is a verb, not a noun. Sorry Northerners, you’re wrong.
Which is the correct Floridian saying?
"Can I have a _______?"
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) July 17, 2016
18) Blinker- ???? Apparently Floridians still don’t know what this device is. The turn signal, located on the left side of your car’s steering wheel. Most often activated by accident while turning on your windshield wipers during a mid-afternoon sun shower. Floridians, please start using this when making a turn or changing lanes.
A subtweet to all Floridians pic.twitter.com/PtOQAtYRVQ
— ThingsFloridiansLike (@Things4FLppl) May 4, 2016
Make sure to share this guide of Floridian words and phrases with any tourists or friends moving to the Sunshine State! Comment below with any sayings we missed.