Every single state in the US has its very own motto. I mean, New York's state motto is “Excelsior,” and “Eureka!” speaks of California. But what if we try calling the states by their very real names? After all, these do indeed sound a little outdated.

So when someone on r/AskReddit posted a question “If the US States had honest slogans, what would some of them be?” the level of hilarity reached up to the max, and we have some of the most painfully accurate suggestions down below.

We do suspect these will not be approved by the governors any time soon, but hey, we all secretly know that the “You can't afford to live here” motto for California would fit way better. No empty promises, no understatement, simply facts.

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Renmauzuo , Michael Kappel Report

Jack Ericson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to think Illinois and Chicago were different states

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Pamela24
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll make a guess that this applies to both of those.

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The motto “In God we trust” is known to virtually every American, but do you know what’s the motto for the state of Florida? (This question is for Pandas living in different states.)

In fact, every single US state has its very own motto, a unifying pledge for its people which represents the nation’s common good. Interestingly, 24 of these mottos are in English, 20 in Latin, and the rest are in French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hawaiian, and Chinook.

Mottos encapsulate the essence of every state and speak of religion, equality, history, patriotism, and other American values.

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Monolith1011 , David King Report

WilvanderHeijden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they would allow they same speeds as on the German autobahn it would attract a lot of tourists.

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TimtheBigDaddy , Claire à Taiwan Report

MrTree1779
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I lived in Arizona for 8 years. This is a perfectly accurate description of the heat.

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But some states have more peculiar mottos than others. For example, Washington's state motto is "Alki" or "Al-ki" in the American indigenous language Chinook. It translates as "bye and bye," but can be interpreted to mean "Into the future."

According to Forbes, this peculiar motto can be traced back to JK Duncan of Governor Stevens’ state surveying expedition that designed its territorial seal in the 1850s.

“It refers to the forward-thinking nature of the west coast settlers who named their settlement New York when they built it at Alki Point.”

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twitchy_taco , pixabay Report

Brandy Grote
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although millions do... We have the largest county in the US, but it is also one of the poorest.

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Malakai
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This could not be more true. Northwest Florida is Alabama's dump.

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Swinnyjr , maxpixel Report

Tee
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well at least I tried 🤷🏽‍♀️ I come back tomorrow

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Other interesting mottos include: "Live free or die" for New Hampshire, "To be rather than to seem" for North Carolina, and "Mountaineers are always free" for West Virginia.

One unique example is Alaska, which adopted the motto "North to the future," which speaks of Alaska as a land of promise since 1967’s Alaska Purchase Centennial.

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nothingweasel , maxpixel Report

Mama Panda
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes there is a tree but you can't see it because all of the dogs are lined up!

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NotAVerifiableFact , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better: "There's way more to us than NYC. But you'll probably never get the urge to find out."

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disincongruous , needpix Report

Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nah, I was thinking of Maine. Maine isn’t a state you confuse with another state. That’d be like Wyoming or Montana or something. Maine stands out.

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Agent_Potato56 , wikimedia Report

BorPand8
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But make sure it's South Peachtree St, not North Peachtree St.

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yentlequible , pixabay Report

Lizzie Robbins
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im 15 and one of the only black people here because me and my twin sister were adopted by white people. When I see a black person i do a double take 😂

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onearmedgirlscout , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better. "We are way cooler than Seattle! ...SHUT UP, YES WE ARE!"

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K
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

96% of Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming. The Fountain Paint Pot - also in Wyoming.

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aelbric , goodfreephotos Report

Tee
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this ain't the truth. I'm from Michigan and our roads are just terrible 😑

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MrF33 , wikimedia Report

Mainecoonsandhuskies
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

toothless, but friendly- This how to train your dragon?

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751uw6 , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better: "We have more cows than people. And if you don't like football and beer, just leave."

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mcondo1 , Ken Lund Report

Colin L
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The best and brightest of the bottom of the barrel.

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