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 After all, these do indeed sound a little outdated.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
3 months ago

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

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Renmauzuo , Michael Kappel Report

Jack Ericson
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to think Illinois and Chicago were different states

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StevieWanderer1 Report

Pamela24
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3 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
3 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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#5

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TimtheBigDaddy , Claire à Taiwan Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 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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3 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
3 months ago

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

Just JoLynn
Community Member
3 months ago

The size of a county has nothing to do with it's economic value. Santa Clara county is one of the smaller counties in CA but one of the wealthiest in the nation.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

As soon as hubby retires, we are outta here! Too expensive!

Slune
Community Member
3 months ago

Welcome to Switzerland!

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
3 months ago

FACT: It is CHEAPER to live in Los Angeles CA, than it is to live in Vancouver BC. FACT: Vancouver BC is the 2nd most expensive City in the world behind Hong Kong.

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 months ago

The building in the foreground is Griffith Park Observatory, and the place that the original Terminator "landed" in the first "Terminator" movie.

Collette W
Community Member
3 months ago

also la la land

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, there's a difference between living and just existing. You can exist there just fine.

Treessimontrees
Community Member
3 months ago

Not to state the obvious, but there's lots of places in CA that aren't stupid expensive, they're just in land or up past Sacramento.

Philler Space
Community Member
3 months ago

California: perpetually on fire.

I love Hermione
Community Member
3 months ago

I live in CA-

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

Unless you like having 3 roommates in a 2 bedroom townhouse

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 months ago

That is London, Cat.

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David Redman
Community Member
3 months ago

Just a reminder...we are home to Death Valley.

Tara Stevens
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope someone does this for the UK, this would apply to London so hard!

Bobbie Kooiman
Community Member
3 months ago

I don’t honesty know why anyone would want to live in California. Not impressed

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
3 months ago

Where rich people are arguing about what should make the poor people happy.

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
3 months ago

No, that's Washington DC.

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Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 months ago

And you don't want to.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
2 months ago

As a person who lives here, it's becoming more real every day!

lith
Community Member
3 months ago

i feel like this could apply to Oregon as well 😩

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
3 months ago

I have lived in both states for very long periods of time and CA has Oregon beat by a lot for expense!!!

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Emma M
Community Member
3 months ago

If we could only turn this beautiful state Red, it would be perfect. Oh, and get rid of that Gavin Newsom moron.

Ben Raines
Community Member
3 months ago

"Land of lawlessness"

Jewels Vern
Community Member
3 months ago

KEEP CALIFORNIA GREEN. BRING MONEY.

Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't want to live there, believe also in LA there is a massive junkie problem.

Michael Se
Community Member
3 months ago

This is also the motto for Washington State.

Dawn Ours
Community Member
3 months ago

or if your ugly and you know it go away

Rachel Ashwell
Community Member
3 months ago

And why would you want to?

Nathan Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

California - where you're allowed to shit on the sidewalk

Stacy S.
Community Member
3 months ago

No. Fake news...

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Michael J.
Community Member
3 months ago

now you can! on the street! illegals welcome!! We love criminals!

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah, another Trumpist, I see... Get over yourself!

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#8

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nt96 Report

Malakai
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Swinnyjr , maxpixel Report

Tee
Community Member
3 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.

#10

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hperkins09 , pxfuel Report

.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

Truth.

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#11

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Meh_Turkey_Sandwich , wikimedia Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

ditch mitch

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#12

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nothingweasel , maxpixel Report

Mama Panda
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

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

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irrevocable_curses , pikrepo Report

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#15

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mgayle , wikimedia Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

oh MY

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#16

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ohbbyno , Harshil Shah Report

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
3 months ago

What?

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#17

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disincongruous , needpix Report

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
3 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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#18

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flakjakkit , wikimedia Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

You won't, though, will you?

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#19

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turnoffnightmode , pixabay Report

Miklós Nagy
Community Member
3 months ago

Finally found a reason to ever emigrate into the US.

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#20

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Agent_Potato56 , wikimedia Report

BorPand8
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#21

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yentlequible , pixabay Report

Lizzie Robbins
Community Member
3 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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#22

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gryffinp Report

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
3 months ago

THANK you.

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#23

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onearmedgirlscout , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#24

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ace0fskulls , pxfuel Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

More like "taxes? What taxes?"

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#25

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coolsguy17 Report

K
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#26

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cjinbarrie , pixabay Report

JD Lee
Community Member
3 months ago

Bigger than Texas. Better than Texas.

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#27

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aelbric , goodfreephotos Report

Tee
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#28

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MrF33 , wikimedia Report

Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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751uw6 , wikimedia Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

The best and brightest of the bottom of the barrel.

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