While some might think the Midwest is only butter sculptures, bone-chilling winters and super-nice people (we don’t mind that one), there’s so much more to the middle of the country than meets the eye. In fact, there’s a lot that goes straight to your ear. Here, all the idiosyncratic phrases Midwesterners grew up hearing.
The Minnesota-nice way of agreeing with anything and everything.
Never a question, always a statement—and used in every other sentence.
Plastered or wasted. But so much nicer, dontcha know.
For cryin' out loud
Because we’re annoyed but always polite.
Again, we’re too nice to say “tough luck.”
Oh, for fun!
Of course we need a condensed phrase to use all the time for commenting on how delightful something is.
Oh, for cute!
Ditto for everything adorable—a puppy, a baby or you shivering in 30-degree weather.
Duck, duck, gray duck
Oh, you play duck, duck, goose?
Wisconsinese for traffic light.
If your aunt had “her druthers,” Thanksgiving would be at her house.
And if Thanksgiving isn’t at her house, she’ll bring a hotdish—a casserole with a starch, a meat and a canned or frozen vegetable, all mixed with soup from (you guessed it) a can. Mmm, memories.
Coke, Pepsi—it’s all pop. Soda’s for coasters.
It’s the Scandinavian “oy vey,” and similarly so fun to say.