Musings from a promise-collector

Northern Verbiage


Since writing about the Southern Verbiage (see here and here) that I have learned since moving from Illinois to Tennessee, I thought it only fitting that I write about some of the words and phrases that are common to the North.

pop/soda (n.) – any soft drink, different areas of the North use one term or the other exclusively, either side convinced that their word of choice is the correct word

bubbler (n.) – nickname for a drinking fountain; term used to describe how the water bubbles up out of the fountain; term used only in a small pocket of Wisconsin

Want to go with? (example phrase) – common phrase used that ends with a proposition

taverns (n.) – sloppy joe, Manwich, loose meat sandwich; heard in the northwest Iowa and southwestern Minnesota area

scoop (n. or v.) – noun: shovel used for removing snow; verb: term used to describe snow removal; primarily heard in the northwest Iowa and southwestern Minnesota area

Don’tcha know? (phrase) – mainly only heard in the very northern regions of the Northern states

I know, right? (phrase) – used to acknowledge a statement just made by another person

you guys (n.) – the counterpart to y’all in the South, denotes a group of people, can be men, women, or a mixed group

MinnesOta – the long O sound is typically heard in the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas

ChiCAgo – you can tell a Chicagoan by how they accent the second syllable, and is said as a short ah and drawn out

Also depending on which part of the North you are in, the noontime meal

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