Omaha Slang

by Kim Goodin, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 20th 2010 04:36 PM

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When you think of Omaha, you probably envision mile upon mile of flat, green farmland covered in corn or wheat. Although that image isn't too far from the truth, the city has quite a lot more going for it. A well-established indie music scene has bred some interesting Omaha slang, as has the presence of high-tech companies and big business. Indeed, a couple of the most colorful Omaha slang terms are related to the success of the town's most famous son, Warren Buffett. Here's a rundown of some popular Omaha local lingo:


Pop


Otherwise known as a carbonated beverage. It seems as if every region in the country has its own preferred term – soda, soda pop, coke, soft drinks, tonic – but Omaha likes "pop."


You guys


A plural form of you. Used for both male and female, "you guys" usually refers to two or more people, but occasionally indicates one person as well. "Hey, you guys, let's go to the store."


Big O


Omaha's nickname for itself, possibly based on trucker slang. Omaha has more than one nickname, however, including "O!" (a marketing invention) and O.N.E. (which stands for Omaha, NE).


Huskers


In Omaha lingo, "Huskers" is a shortened form of Cornhuskers, the name of the University of Nebraska's athletic teams. Most often, Huskers indicates the college football team. It is sometimes shortened further to 'Skers. Before they were the Cornhuskers, the University of Nebraska's football team had a number of other names, such as the "Old Gold Knights," the "Tree Planters" and "The Rattlesnake Boys."


Bugeaters


One of the original names for the University of Nebraska football team, circa 1890. Sometimes used nowadays as Omaha slang to refer to Nebraskans in general.


Bugaha


An unofficial nickname for Omaha, a combined form of Bugeaters and Omaha. Used by (and probably coined by) sports radio personality Jim Rome. Rome's fans frequently co-opt his lingo, so don't be surprised if you hear the name Bugaha floating around a sports bar.


The Mall


No, this isn't Omaha slang for the local shopping center. It actually refers to the Gene Leahy Mall, a downtown park. A focal point for the city, the park is known for its ponds, waterfalls, walking paths, as well as an amphitheater and lawn space. Concerts are scheduled throughout the summer here, and the park is festive with lights for the winter holiday season.

The Mall
1098 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
402-444-5955
Daily 7AM-10:30PM


Old Market


Although you can shop here, Old Market is actually Omaha lingo for a historic neighborhood. A center for cultural pursuits, the Old Market is home to the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Children's Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens and the Qwest Center. Numerous restaurants, bars and hotels are here, along with shops and boutiques specializing in books, antiques, art, clothing, jewelry and music. The area is roughly bordered by Farnam Street on the north, 10th Street on the east, Leavenworth on the south and 14th Street on the west.


Oracle of Omaha


A nickname for Omaha's most recognized native son, Warren Buffett. Known for his investing prowess and philanthropy, Buffett is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He's also sometimes called the "Sage of Omaha." Local lingo aside, Buffett is recognized as a sincere, down-to-earth guy and is well liked and much respected in his hometown.


Woodstock for Capitalists


Originally a film released in 2000, this bit of Omaha slang is now widely recognized as the unofficial moniker of the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Berkshire Hathaway, of course, is Warren Buffet's firm (he's primary shareholder and CEO). The meeting, by the way, is one of Omaha's biggest events, luring some 15,000 Buffett fans (and Berkshire Hathaway shareholders) to town the first weekend of May.


Silicon Prairie


Gateway 2000 first dubbed their South Dakota corner of the Midwest "Silicon Prairie" back in the 1990s. The region has grown, and now encompasses an area stretching from South Dakota to Iowa to Nebraska, with Omaha being its second largest city. One of the first U.S. cities to install a fiber optic network, Omaha is home base for a number of large telecommunications and information technology firms.


SLAM


Omaha lingo for Support Local Art & Music, a combination of arts news and social media site. Omaha, surprisingly, has a thriving indie music scene and SLAM originated out of a need for local musicians, DJs, and industry insiders to connect. Since its inception, the SLAM website has grown exponentially and is the best place to find information about local bands, artists, shows and concerts.
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