1. “Nice boots!”
Considering we’re a statewide tribe of snow dwellers, fish wranglers, mountain climbers and trail blazing bush whackers, this is a year-round compliment that will immediately get you on anyone’s good side. In Alaska, boots are the bee’s knees and pairing boot to occasion is on the same level as pairing wine and cheese.
2. “Gorgeous rainbow!”
No, we’re not talking about Noah’s Ark or the rainbow flag. We’re talking fish. And by fish we specifically mean: a trophy-worthy rainbow trout.
3. “That your camper?”
This one is tricky as it can be taken two different ways. If your neighbor has a shiny new home-on-wheels parked in the driveway, it’s the subtle Alaskan acknowledgement of approval peppered with a pinch of ‘shiny-new-thing’ envy. Anywhere else and it’s code for, “Better move it now, Ace. You’re disrupting traffic!”