Used by native Vermonters to describe people
from anywhere else in the country, regardless of whether or not your state
has a higher elevation
than Vermont. If you aren't native to Vermont, you're a flatlander, period. The term came about because of people
from other states visiting
on account of the ski resorts and the mountains.
"Those damn rich flatlanders come up here from
freakin' California and buy up all our farmland and develop damn Walmarts all over the place."
Michigan? You're a damn flatlander."
"I'm a ridgerunner, not a flatlander."