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 After all, these do indeed sound a little outdated.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^^

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
3 months ago

It's not cute at all lol I live here and let me tell you, this summer has been the hottest summer EVER. Not in individual degrees mind you because I know of several summers where it hit 122 or higher for a day or two (or several) but this year has seen Forty THREE straight days of over 110 and TWENTY TWO of those days were over 115 (so far) and NO rain. Oh wait, I washed my car yesterday and it rained just long enough to make my car dirty again... (five minutes tops) We're dying. We know what hell is. The devil won't come here because it's too hot, that's why he went to Georgia. Damn dry heat.

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J Sizz
Community Member
3 months ago

More like "Arizona: the suns little brother."

NanZ
Community Member
3 months ago

I like that!

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William Holmes
Community Member
3 months ago

Thats Monument Valley in UTAH.

RitaGG
Community Member
3 months ago

Monument Valley is right on the border of AZ and UT. I agree though, they could have used a better picture to show our lovely desert. We're burning to a crisp here right now. 43C in mid-August. 45C (115F) through next week. It's nuts!

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Nick
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3 months ago

One of my favorite movie quotes is from "Hamlet 2" where at the end the teacher says "Because no matter where you go, its always better than Tucson." Very accurate.

Cristian Hain
Community Member
2 months ago

"A desert is half a beach." Caluben

Minty-Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

*flashbacks to TheOdd1sOut*

Paul Jordan
Community Member
3 months ago

...next state over... son of a beach.

Jeri Cheney
Community Member
3 months ago

The photo is actually from Monument Valley, Utah. It’s not far from Arizona but it’s definitely in Utah as well as the Navajo Nation.

Catherine Spencer-Mills
Community Member
3 months ago

Very common expression among the natives.

Bobbie Kooiman
Community Member
3 months ago

I looooove AZ (Sedona is the best!)

Robert Brenneman
Community Member
3 months ago

When I lived there there were bumper stickers that read "Where's the Beach". Still miss Arizona night skies...

V Martinez
Community Member
3 months ago

Even Hell is cooler than Arizona!

David Redman
Community Member
3 months ago

"Can you see me?"

JD Lee
Community Member
3 months ago

Which in modern vernacular translates as, "Beach? PppSshttt, Please!"

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd like to be a beach guard here.

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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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TimtheBigDaddy , Claire à Taiwan Report

MrTree1779
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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hperkins09 , pxfuel Report

.gas.
Community Member
3 months ago

Truth.

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Meh_Turkey_Sandwich , wikimedia Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

ditch mitch

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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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mgayle , wikimedia Report

Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

oh MY

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ohbbyno , Harshil Shah Report

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
3 months ago

What?

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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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flakjakkit , wikimedia Report

Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

You won't, though, will you?

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turnoffnightmode , pixabay Report

Miklós Nagy
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3 months ago

Finally found a reason to ever emigrate into the US.

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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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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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gryffinp Report

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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3 months ago

THANK you.

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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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ace0fskulls , pxfuel Report

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

More like "taxes? What taxes?"

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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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cjinbarrie , pixabay Report

JD Lee
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3 months ago

Bigger than Texas. Better than Texas.

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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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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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