Things only New Jerseyans would understand
New Jersey has a lot of stereotypes, slangs, food preferences, and other bizarre idiosyncrasies. If you're not a New Jersey native and possibly visiting, we've got you covered.
Here are some of the top terms you'll hear in New Jersey that have a totally different meaning anywhere else in the country.
1. Benny is an acronym for people from Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, and New York (or other places near them) who visit the Jersey Shore.
2. In New Jersey, making a standard left isn't practical. You're going to have to take a jug handle, which forces you to go right on to a slip road and then proceed straight through the intersection.
3. Pork roll. Taylor Ham. Whatever you may call the delicious breakfast meat, it is pretty much only known in New Jersey.
4. Get used to being spoiled when you go to a gas station. Here in New Jersey, we don't pump our own gas.
5. Traffic circles are modern roundabouts that have been taking over New Jersey intersections.
6. We love the Jersey Shore, not the MTV show.
7. South Jersey refer to certain sandwiches as hoagies. North Jersey refers to them subs or heroes.
8. "Down the shore" means you are going to the beach. Bennies say "at the shore."
9. South Jersey goes to Wawa. North Jersey goes to QuickChek.
10. It's Great Adventure, not Six Flags.
11. A real diner has disco fries, pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwiches, and is open 24/7.
12. People are raised in North, Central or South Jersey, not New Jersey.
13. When someone asks “What exit?” it means what part of New Jersey you are from.
14. We take our bagels and pizza extremely seriously.
15. While there is an industrial area of the New Jersey Turnpike, the entire state does not have a bad smell.
16. "Mischief Night" is the night before Halloween.