Iowa *Lingo* - It's A Thing. Do You Know These 19 "Typical" IA Things?

Think you know Iowa like a local?

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 May 15, 2019
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Question: 1/19Choose Your Answer!

Casey's... It’s not just a general store. It’s a general store that serves the BEST:
Chicken Fried Steak

Question: 2/19Choose Your Answer!

Out-of-staters might scratch their heads at ANF, but you know it stands for:
All Nation Farmers
America Never Fails
America Needs Farmers

Question: 3/19Finish The Phrase!

“Is this heaven?”
No, it’s better.
No, it’s just a cornfield.
No, it’s Iowa.

Question: 4/19Choose Your Answer!

Say it like a local! How should you pronounce Des Moines?
Doze - Moin
Da - Moin
Dez - Moinz

Question: 5/19Choose Your Answer!

We’re having a little getaway this weekend. Just taking the family to Lake _____!

Question: 6/19Choose Your Answer!

How would you describe a “Maid-Rite”?
Chocolate cake that is always “made right”
A tasty vanilla milkshake
A delicious loose meat sandwich

Question: 7/19Choose Your Answer!

“Hey if you don't like the weather right now…”
Quit your complaining!
Just move to Nebraska, the weather’s much better there.
Just wait a few minutes, it will change. It's Iowa!

Question: 8/19Choose Your Answer!

Iowa has a lot of those _______ squirrels! Especially around Council Bluffs.

Question: 9/19Choose Your Answer!

RAGBRAI? What does that even mean?
It means a whole lot of cyclists. That’s what.
More scooters than you can imagine. Seriously.
A lot of running. A lot.

Question: 10/19Choose Your Answer!

You better believe you can find a famous cow made of ____ at the State Fair!

Question: 11/19Choose Your Answer!

Don't knock this combo until you've tried it... Iowans love it!
Black olives + tomato soup
Mustard + lasagna
Chili + cinnamon rolls

Question: 12/19Choose Your Answer!

How do you address a group of people?
You guys

Question: 13/19Choose Your Answer!

The last meal of the day is often called:

Question: 14/19Choose Your Answer!

How do you Iowans sometimes pronounce “creek”?
Like creck
Like crack
Like crick

Question: 15/19Choose Your Answer!

"Can you swing by _____ on your way home? We need snacks for game day!"

Question: 16/19Choose Your Answer!

You know you’re closed to Des Moines as soon as you start seeing all the:
Watering Holes

Question: 17/19Choose Your Answer!

Other states don’t even know what ______ means, but you sure do. And you probably worked it as a job.

Question: 18/19Choose Your Answer!

Which of these sandwiches is usually served up bigger than the bun it’s served on — or the plate too?
Turkey rueben
Hot brown
Pork tenderloin

Question: 19/19Choose Your Answer!

Leave the _______ State… Are you crazy? I love it here in Iowa.
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QUIZ BLISS | Quiz Facts

Hello all! This here is a tricky nineteen question trivia quiz based on the lingo, mannerisms, slang, and local dialect that is used on a daily basis in Iowa. That's right! Iowa DOES have a unique culture that is distinctly Iowa. Whether it be what Iowans say, or how they say it, there is something different about living in this totally cornfed state. Iowa is a beautiful state, nestled in the heart of the Midwest. It shares a border with Nebraska, and is quite close to the Great Plains. Out of the fifty states of the U.S., Iowa is the 26th most extensive in terms of land area and the 30th most populous with a population of around three million. With that many people, it's no wonder that Iowa has developed its very own mannerisms and lingo. Seriously, each region and even each state has its own way of doing things. Terms like Casey's Pizza, RAGBRAI, Pork Queen, Hyvee, and pop might mean nothing to a Caifornian, but to an Iowan they mean a whole lot. Like the state's most delicious pizza, a cross-state bike ride extravaganza, a well-known grocery store, and a word all midwesterners use to talk about soda! Regional differences really do result in some interesting differences between states. Not all three million Iowa residents are going to take this quiz, and certainly not all of them could ace it. But odds are that if they've spent any amount of time in Iowa, then they're well equipped to pass this quiz. At these terms and lingo are apart of everyday life in Iowa. So Iowans, up for the challenge? Press start!