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18 Words that Mean Something Different in Colorado

By: Spencer McKee

Whether you're a native to the Centennial State or you just got here, you've probably realized that Colorado isn't quite like any other place in the country. Here are a few words that probably mean something different if you venture away from your home turf.

Powder day at Aspen Mountain Photo Credit Matt Power Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company - OutThere Colorado

1. Powder


What It Means Elsewhere: Fine particles once part of a large material.
What It Means In Colorado: A reason to take off work and head for the hills. In Colorado, a powder day means a fresh snowfall.

Photo Credit: Matt Power, courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company.
Hops - Paul Miller (flickr) - OutThere Colorado

2. Hops


What It Means Elsewhere: Jumping around several times, often on one foot.
What It Means In Colorado: An ingredient found in craft beer known for giving each blend its own unique flavor.

Photo Credit: Paul Miller (flickr).

3. Tan


What It Means Elsewhere: A color known for its bland nature.
What It Means In Colorado: A means of determining which sports someone partakes in without even have to ask, whether it’s a wrist tanline from a sport watch or goggle raccoon eyes from skiing in the high country.

Photo Credit: smilygrl (flickr).

4. Snow Bunny


What It Means Elsewhere: A long haired type of rabbit found in snowy regions around the world.
What It Means In Colorado: A type of ski hill patron that puts more time into their outfit than their skiing, often found at the bottom of the slopes with a drink in their hand or in a hot tub at their resort.

Photo Credit: SrdjanPav (flickr).
Donkey - zenjazzygeek (flickr) - OutThere Colorado

5. Donkeys


What It Means Elsewhere: A hoofed animal similar to a horse, but smaller, traditionally used to carry heavy equipment.
What It Means In Colorado: Nickname for the Denver Broncos, Colorado’s favorite sports team.

Photo Credit: zenjazzygeek (flickr).
Wilkerson Pass Aspens OutThere Colorado

6. Aspen


What It Means Elsewhere: A fancy ski town somewhere in Colorado.
What It Means In Colorado: One of the most stunning trees in the state, known for their bright yellow coloring during Autumn.
Boulder Flat Irons OutThere Colorado

7. Boulder


What It Means Elsewhere: A large rock.
What It Means In Colorado: A town known for its food, high student population, and close proximity to nature…also, occasionally a large rock.
Outback - Paxson Woelber (flickr) - OutThere Colorado

8. Outback


What It Means Elsewhere: A rural part of Australia known for its rugged terrain and hot temperatures.
What It Means In Colorado: The car that most Coloradans own or have considered purchasing at one point.

Photo Credit: Paxson Woelber (flickr).

9. Chili


What It Means Elsewhere: A thick soup typically consisting of a vegetable medley with meat and a tomato base.
What It Means In Colorado: A reference to a dish called “green chili(e).” Sometimes eaten alone and sometimes used as a condiment, this spicy, green colored sauce makes nearly any meal better.

Photo Credit: DebbiSmirnoff (iStock)
South Park sign by Spencer McKee

10. South Park


What It Means Elsewhere: A popular cartoon on Comedy Central that follows the antics of several characters as they deal with typical and atypical problems of Elementary School life.
What It Means In Colorado: A grassland flat that’s home to the tiny towns of Fairplay and Alma. Also typically referred to as “the state’s highest speed trap.”
Craft Beer Lovers - OutThere Colorado

11. Craft


What It Means Elsewhere: A do-it-yourself art project.
What It Means In Colorado: A type of product Coloradans can’t get enough of, implying close attention to production and small-batch quantities, including anything from craft lemonade to craft beer to craft goat cheese.
Bighorn Sheep - OutThere Colorado

12. Ram


What It Means Elsewhere: A popular truck made by Dodge.
What It Means In Colorado: A male bighorn sheep, a relatively common animal found around the state.
Tips for Visiting Colorado photo credit Ken Lund

13. Transplant


What It Means Elsewhere: The process of taking a damaged organ out of the body and putting a new one in.
What It Means In Colorado: Someone who moves to Colorado from somewhere else in the country after realizing the Centennial State is so stinking awesome.

Photo Credit: Ken Lund
Rocky Mountain Oysters - jankgo - OutThere Colorado

14. Oysters


What It Means Elsewhere: A type of mollusk often eaten raw.
What It Means In Colorado: Deep-fried Rocky Mountain Oysters…in other words, bull testicles, sliced up and tossed in the fryer.

Photo Credit: jankgo
Cheyenne Spring Manitou Springs - OutThere Colorado

15. Springs


What It Means Elsewhere: A piece of metal twisted in a way that makes it bouncy with recoil.
What It Means In Colorado: A natural water spout, often forming a sort of drinking fountain or a hot spring pool.

Photo Credit: Katie Rae Bode
Devil's Causeway Trail - Spencer McKee - OutThere Colorado

16. Cairn


What It Means Elsewhere: A name typically given to women.
What It Means In Colorado: A stack of rocks used to guide hikers after the trail fades. Despite many people pronouncing this like the name “Karen,” the pros know to use one syllable instead of two.

Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

17. Granola


What It Means Elsewhere: A crunchy snack typically consisting of oats, fruits, and nuts.
What It Means In Colorado: One who tends to be free-spirited, socially aware, and open-minded. Also, a snack mix.

Photo Credit: jules-stonesoup
Grays Peak and Torreys Peak. Photo Credit: emerson12 - OutThere Colorado.

18. Saddle


What It Means Elsewhere: A seat used on the back of a horse for the comfort of the rider.
What It Means In Colorado: A dip between two peaks that must be traversed when traveling from one to another. Also a seat for a horseback rider.

Photo Credit: emerson12

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