New York is an interesting place. There’s Upstate and then there’s Downstate but the world doesn’t seem to understand this. No, the world seems to believe the entire state is one gigantic city.

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In reality, according to the Washington Post, Upstate New York "begins north of Poughkeepsie (pronounced puh-KIP-see), where the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson line ends.The publication further explains that if a person is able to commute to New York City, they are not considered an Upstate New Yorker.

Although there are some very strong feelings within the state between Upstate New Yorkers and Downstate New Yorkers about our role in the state, there's one thing we can't deny - a lot of the language we use in the upper part of the state is also used in the lower part of the state and the rest of the world is often confused by our words and phrases.

To help make sense of some of the things that New Yorkers say that confuse the rest of the world, we've made a handy little guide for you!

EXPLAINED: Words and Phrases New Yorkers Use

To help make sense of some of the things that New Yorkers say that confuse the rest of the world, we've made a handy little guide for you! 

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