... I got a chance today to hear some great Midwestern Dialect..in the form of...
The word CRANS and SCOOCH...who can tell me what those mean??
And my personal favorite...BUBBLER...aka Water Fountain
Before anyone can graduate from a Wisconsin High School
they must be able to speak Wisconsinese. This primer is used by all students to help them prepare for an examination.
"Ain't dis da trut"...RS'DA WISCONSIN DICTIONARY
Hey dere! C'meer once you gots to read dis couple-two-three words on how ta talk likeyer from Skahnsin, hey. It's a humdinger! Sit down witch'er brat an' brewski in yerblaze-orange and, cripes sake, in the spirit of Bart and Vince, take a gander, yahhey?
1. AIN-A-HEY: placed at the end of a profound statement, as in "isn't it?"
2. BART: a Green Bay institution who doesn't need a last name; see VINCE
3. BELIEVE-YOU-ME: attached to the beginning or end of a statement and makes it more credible, as in "really!"
4. BLAZE ORANGE: what deer hunters and cold-weather Packer fans wear at Lambeau Field. Also a popular color for jail uniforms.
5. BORN IN A BARN?: a sarcastic question which usually means you left the door open or could not correctly differentiate between an alewive and a 'schmelt'.
6. BORROW: used in place of lend, as in "Could youse borrow me a couple two-three bucks, yahhey?"
7. BRAT: a sausage; a Wisconsin tailgate favorite; doesn't have anything to do with a spoiled kid.
8. BUBBLER: to the rest of the world outside Wisconsin's borders it is known as a drinking fountain..
9. BUDGE: to merge without permission; cut in; as in "Don't you budge in line for a brat. I was here first!"
10. BY: to; near, as in "Let's go by One Eyed Jack's" or "She'll come by da house tonight."
11. CHEDDARHEAD: someone from Wisconsin; see CHEESEHEAD
12. CHEESEHEAD: someone from Wisconsin; see CHEDDARHEAD.
13. CHEESE CURD: small pieces of fresh cheese that squeak when you bite into them.
14. COMEER ONCE: a request for the presence of another Cheddarhead.
15. COUPLE-TWO-THREE: more than one; as in "Delmer and I drank a couple-two-three beers."
16. CRIPES: a Wisconsin expletive.
17. CRIPES SAKE: a mild Wisconsin expletive.
18. CRIPES SAKE ALMIGHTY: a wild Wisconsin expletive. ..
19. DA: substitute for words beginning with "TH", as in "Da guy over dere in da Bears shirt dere".
20. DAVENPORT: what your mom called 'the sofa'; a couch.
21. FAIR-TA-MIDDLIN: not bad or great; just "O.K."..
22. FISH FRY: a Friday night dining ritual in Wisconsin..
23. FLEET FARM: a Cheddarhead's answer to Bloomingdales.
24. FROZEN TUNDRA: Lambeau Field
25. GEEEZ: another Wisconsin expletive.
26. GOAHEAD: proceed, as in "Goahead and back up your car dere."
27. GOTS: used in place of "have"; as in, "I gots my tickets to watch da Packers play on da Frozen Tundra."
28. GOL-DURN: another Wisconsin expletive
29. HEY: placed at the beginning or end of phrases to emphasis, as in,"Hey, how 'bout dem Packers?" or "How's about dem Packers, hey!"
30. HOWS BY YOU: a greeting; the same as, "How's everything?".
31. HUMDINGER: a beauty; as in "Dat croppy youse cought up-nort is a real humdinger."
32. JOHN DEERE: a Cheddarhead's other vehicle.
33. LEAKER: one who lacks the mental or physical stamina to continue partying.
34. M'WAHKEE: Wisconsin's largest city; located just down the lake from T'Rivers and Man'twoc.
35. N-SO: a word inserted at the end of a statement; (sometime pronounced as AIN-SO); used as a substitute for "Isn't that right?" or "Correct?"
36. OH, YAH: depending on emphasis, it's either used as acknowledgment (as in "That's correct!") or skepticism ("That's bull!")
37. PERT-NEER: (sometimes pronounced "PRET-NEAR") in close proximity; just about.
38. POLKA: the national dance of Wisconsin.
44. SKEETER: Wisconsin state bird
39. RUBBERS: protection for your shoes; also known as "G'loshes".
40. SKAHNSIN: the state where Cheeseheads are from.
41. SCHMEAR: a card game; also a term used when someone gets beat in a game of Sheepshead. ( Note )
42. SHEEPSHEAD: another card game.
43. SIDE-BY-EACH: used instead of "next to each other.".
45. START WIT ME LAST: to forfeit your turn.
46. STOP-AND-GO LIGHTS: what everyone else refers to as "traffic signals".
47. UFF-DAH: (from the untranslatable Norwegian phrase); meaning varies with
severity of incident, from "Oops" to "Criminey" to words following" Oh-!" often said when you make a really big "boo-boo" and are "deep doggy-doo".
49. WHEREABOUTS: locality; proximity, as in "Whereabouts are youse guys from?"
50. UP NORT: where Wisconsinites go on vacation.
51. UPSIDE-RIGHT: rightside up..
52. VINCE: the other Green Bay icon who doesn't need a last name for instant recognition; see BART. Recently "Brett" and "Reggie" were also added to this category.
53. WIH-SKON'-TSUN: the way you can tell the speaker is not a real Wisconsinite.
54. YAHHEY: affirmative, but can be added to reinforce a request.
55. YAH-SURE-YOU-BETCHA: yes, you are correct.
56. YOU-BETCHA: affirmative, as in "Yahhey."
57. YOUSE: (var. "Yoose") pronoun, second person plural.
58. YOOPER: someone from even further up-nort' than you. The UP, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
59. UNTHAW: to defrost or thaw.
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