It doesn't matter where you came from or how much you knew about the Gem State before you closed on a house or signed a lease.

If you moved to the 208 with an open heart and a willingness to understand our way of life, it probably wasn't long before you picked up the local vibe.

If you're on the fence about your Idaho card, we've got a list of fun ways to confirm you're one of us! Not that you need it, but who doesn't love a friendly affirmation now and then, right?

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Photo by Tim Peterson on Unsplash
Photo by Tim Peterson on Unsplash


Once you embrace Idaho living, especially if you live in the Treasure Valley, you'll develop a low-key obsession with announcing the snow status of the Sawtooth Mountain Range.
One moment you and your spouse are enjoying a quiet ride eastbound on State Street when out of nowhere you'll say something like, "Yup. Peaks are still snowy...beautiful," followed by... nothing. It's a totally unnecessary observation, yet you can't help yourself.

Photo by Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash
Photo by Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash


When you first moved here, you probably locked your doors all the time. Then, after a while, you started leaving your car door unlocked. Then you started leaving your keys in your unlocked car. And then you started leaving your front door unlocked when you left to run errands. And just like that, BAM! You're an Idahoan.

Photo by Alden Skeie on Unsplash
Photo by Alden Skeie on Unsplash


Pardon us for correcting you in advance! After you've lived here long enough, you just can't tolerate someone saying Boi-zee instead of Boi-see!
You've probably called people out for mispronouncing these words, too:
> Moscow = mahsk-oh
(We strongly suggest you resist the urge to make Idaho Russian.)
> Chinden Blvd = chin-din (the "ch" is a "cha")
> Nez Perce = nezz-purse
> Ustick = you-stick
> Owyhee = oh-why-hee
> Shoshone = show-shone (in reference to the region)
> Shoshone = sha-show-nee (in reference to the people)
> Kuna = que-nuh
(No matter what anyone tells you, it's never coo-nuh.)
Once you go Idaho auto-c on someone, you're definitely one of us!
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