Can You Decipher New York Slang?

New Yorkers are often known for their fun slang and take on traditional words. Do you think you can decipher these New York slang words? Take this quiz and find out!
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New Yorkers often refer to what object as a "Johnny pump?"
Ice cream truck
Fire hydrant
Bathroom
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What animal is known by New Yorkers as a "flying rat?"
Pigeon
Squirrel
Sparrow
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What is the "pizza principle?"
Beer and pizza go hand in hand
Metro card
Italian heritage connection
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How much is a "mad" amount of money?
A little money
A large sum of money
An adequate amount of money
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What do New Yorkers use the term "bogey" for?
Sandwich
Bar stool
Cigarette
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If you wipe your greasy fingers on a shirt in New York, what might you be called?
Butterfinger
Grease monkey
Gavone
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If you order a bagel with a schmear, what will be on your bagel?
A large amount of cream cheese
Butter
Cinnamon
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If you order a "regular coffee" what kind of coffee will you get?
Coffee with cream and sugar
Coffee with milk
Coffee without milk
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What is a "spaldeen?"
Soft pretzel
Ball
Subway car
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What are people who live outside of Manhattan referred to as?
Weekend wasters
Tunnel trouble
Bridge and tunnel
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What is a "scutch?"
Someone who annoys you
Someone who smells
Someone who flirts with you
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What is someone who rides the subway called?
Straphanger
Tunnel rat
Subway surfer
Result
You are New York City slang smart! You could easily fit into the Big Apple and sound just like a true New Yorker. While you may not be well versed on all of the slang words used in this fast city, you know more than enough to get by! Now go get a bagel with a schmear and think about what a great job you did!

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are New York City slang swell! You know that a pigeon is not just a pigeon, and a fire hydrant is not just a fire hydrant. When it comes to slang, you are almost an expert. Well done!

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You are New York City slang stellar! Your knowledge on New York slang is simply out of this world. There's no doubt about it, you know as much about the vernacular in the Big Apple as a true New Yorker. We commend you for your well versed and expansive knowledge on cultural slang!

A+, Slang Stellar

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1
New Yorkers often refer to what object as a "Johnny pump?"
Ice cream truck
Fire hydrant
Bathroom
2
What animal is known by New Yorkers as a "flying rat?"
Pigeon
Squirrel
Sparrow
3
What is the "pizza principle?"
Beer and pizza go hand in hand
Metro card
Italian heritage connection
4
How much is a "mad" amount of money?
A little money
A large sum of money
An adequate amount of money
5
What do New Yorkers use the term "bogey" for?
Sandwich
Bar stool
Cigarette
6
If you wipe your greasy fingers on a shirt in New York, what might you be called?
Butterfinger
Grease monkey
Gavone
7
If you order a bagel with a schmear, what will be on your bagel?
A large amount of cream cheese
Butter
Cinnamon
8
If you order a "regular coffee" what kind of coffee will you get?
Coffee with cream and sugar
Coffee with milk
Coffee without milk
9
What is a "spaldeen?"
Soft pretzel
Ball
Subway car
10
What are people who live outside of Manhattan referred to as?
Weekend wasters
Tunnel trouble
Bridge and tunnel
11
What is a "scutch?"
Someone who annoys you
Someone who smells
Someone who flirts with you
12
What is someone who rides the subway called?
Straphanger
Tunnel rat
Subway surfer