New York is not "New York" no matter how much someone from the outside might try to convince themself that it is. "New York" is the city. Upstate belongs to the rest of us.

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Upstaters like to visit the city in short spurts of time and we've even adopted some words and phrases from our neighbors to the south, but the two sections of the state couldn't be more different.

Whether you're from the city (also known as downstate) or from out of state, these are some words and phrases that you should know if you plan to spend any amount of time in upstate New York and want to fit in with us.

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