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 After all, these do indeed sound a little outdated.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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Scrappy_Larue , pixabay Report

Mica Fiverline
Community Member
5 months ago

thats... kinda cute, actually^^ And also very catchy^^

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Renmauzuo , Michael Kappel Report

Jack Ericson
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5 months ago

I used to think Illinois and Chicago were different states

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StevieWanderer1 Report

Pamela24
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5 months ago

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
Community Member
5 months ago

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
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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tossthis34 , Anthony Quintano Report

Flavia Slag
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5 months ago

Nothing good comes from..."hold my beer."

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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.”

#7

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twitchy_taco , pixabay Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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nt96 Report

Malakai
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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Swinnyjr , maxpixel Report

Tee
Community Member
5 months ago

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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hperkins09 , pxfuel Report

.gas.
Community Member
5 months ago

Truth.

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#11

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Meh_Turkey_Sandwich , wikimedia Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

ditch mitch

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#12

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nothingweasel , maxpixel Report

Mama Panda
Community Member
5 months ago

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
Community Member
5 months ago

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

William Teach
Community Member
5 months ago

In all fairness, that's only a small part of the state.

Dave P
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, but us in NYC control Albany, we have nearly half the population. there are 8 lower counties that control the other 53 counties. It really is two states here

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Nevits Yibble
Community Member
5 months ago

Craziest, noisiest, smelliest, weirdest, wildest city.... and I love it. (But I'd never want to live there.)

Slune
Community Member
5 months ago

Agree. But could live here... upper westside.....with a well of money....and traveling during the winter....and ...yeah dreaming!

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David Redman
Community Member
5 months ago

Where NYC is 0.55% of the State's Total Area.

Jewels Vern
Community Member
5 months ago

NYC doesn't have a name, it's just called "The City". Everything else is called "Upstate".

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, "The City" is Manhattan. The rest of the boroughs don't exist unless you live there.

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Emma M
Community Member
5 months ago

NYC. Armpit of America with De Blasio as Mayor.

Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow that sounds like the entire of Australia!

JD Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

More than just Manhattan.

Chelsea Cretu
Community Member
5 months ago

You are aware he did that for almost every state, or ? I've seen so many comments like this one but only when it came to new york.

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Brenda Owens
Community Member
5 months ago

What a fantastic place.

Slune
Community Member
5 months ago

Love it. Or leave it!

Damian Marrocolla
Community Member
5 months ago

I live in NYC and right now it's disgusting to live here it like all the homeless from every state all just decided to come to one state

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
2 months ago

Another one: We guarantee you're here for NYC and NYC only. Or: YOU WILL GET LOST HERE AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.

Minty-Chan
Community Member
4 months ago

Even Better: #Broadway #BigApple #NYC #CITYLYYYYYFE OWO

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
4 months ago

I've been to new york and remember that mcdonalds so clearly... you had to buy something to use the restroom

Arenite
Community Member
5 months ago

NYC - the City off the coast of America. (Except for the Bronx)

George Hudacko
Community Member
5 months ago

Or do it on the 'side'.

Lea Springstead
Community Member
5 months ago

Some salty Brooklynite stoner made this.

Damon Gates
Community Member
5 months ago

"The City and...um..."

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
5 months ago

LI, Albany, the Long island sound, Magic fountain the best ice cream place ever, etc.

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Boyd Gauvin-Hill
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought Americans didn’t pay any taxes...at least that’s what they like to tell us when the come up to Canada.

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irrevocable_curses , pikrepo Report

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

For people who don't get the joke: There is one escalator in Wyoming.

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mgayle , wikimedia Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
5 months ago

oh MY

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ohbbyno , Harshil Shah Report

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
5 months ago

What?

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disincongruous , needpix Report

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

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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flakjakkit , wikimedia Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
5 months ago

You won't, though, will you?

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turnoffnightmode , pixabay Report

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
5 months ago

Finally found a reason to ever emigrate into the US.

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Agent_Potato56 , wikimedia Report

BorPand8
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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yentlequible , pixabay Report

Lizzie Robbins
Community Member
5 months ago

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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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
5 months ago

THANK you.

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onearmedgirlscout , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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ace0fskulls , pxfuel Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

More like "taxes? What taxes?"

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K
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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cjinbarrie , pixabay Report

JD Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

Bigger than Texas. Better than Texas.

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aelbric , goodfreephotos Report

Tee
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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MrF33 , wikimedia Report

Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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751uw6 , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
5 months ago

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
Community Member
5 months ago

The best and brightest of the bottom of the barrel.

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