In New England, there's a lot of things that seem second nature to us that the rest of the United States (and the world for that matter) can't quite wrap their head around. So while most people key in on state accents, foods, or the word "wicked", there's another word that almost everyone in New England has said or heard that the rest of country just doesn't understand. Ripsh*t.

Shared on Twitter by Charlotte Wilder, she was stunned at the realization that people outside of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island have no idea what it means to be "ripsh*t over something".

Wilder, who is originally from Boston and spent her collegiate days at Colby in Maine, has clearly spent her formative years learning New England vernacular. She is now a contributor for Fox Sports, and only discovered that ripsh*t isn't a universally-known phrase when her boyfriend (not from New England) had no idea what she was talking about when she uttered the phrase.

Commenters on her Twitter post confirmed her worst fears. People from all across the country chimed in, completely unaware the word/phrase even existed. Conversely, many New England born-and-bred people followed up with their love and understanding of what is it to be "ripsh*t". To be fair, all of New England has a strange love of using the word sh*t in a variety of different ways, but that's another story for another day.

So the next time you're stuck in traffic, get a parking ticket, or generally have a bad day, it's totally ok to be ripsh*t about it. Here in New England, we totally understand.


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You'd have to look long and far to find an example of someone using these as they were originally intended today. As they were first coined to oppress, they've become universally accepted as ordinary, everyday greetings and phrases in this modern day.

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