“Sconnie” nominated for word of the year


Bad news Carol. City Dictionary, a website that specializes in local jargon all across the country, has come out with its finalists for the 2009 word of the year.

The word “sconnie” can mean anything relating to Wisconsin, or—when capitalized—”Sconnie” can refer to a person from Wisconsin. While the concept seems rather straightforward, very few people are in agreement as to where the word comes from and who actually uses it. On City Dictionary, people have documented use within Wisconsin and in neighboring states like Michigan and Minnesota, as well as far away places like Colorado and Hawaii. With that said, many naysayers within Wisconsin consider it a term that ought to be relegated to other-state obscurity. City Dictionary user madnick calls sconnie a “bogus term made up to sell t-shirts.”

Some other localities definitely brought their A-game, however. The Sodies amongst you probably recognize “Meat Raffle,” and hitchhiking is apparently seeing a comeback in Washington D.C. under a new name: “Slugging.”

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3 Responses to ““Sconnie” nominated for word of the year”

  1. Gerald Cox Says:

    No “coastie”?

  2. I'm not giving my name to a machine Says:


  3. Bargnes Says:

    It is worth pointing out that City Dictionary was started by some guys from Madison.

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