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Old 02-03-2011, 03:03 PM
Location: Edmond, OK
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Originally Posted by Ben Around View Post
Here in the Twin Cities, it is called the "boulevard".
Interesting. Here in OK and in Texas, where I was raised, a boulevard is the island of grass or sometimes hardscape between opposing directions of traffic.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by missymomof3 View Post
I found alist of Southern sayings but can't find one of Midwestern. Anybody have any to share?

I just wrote a post about this!
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:33 AM
Location: South Austin near Wm Cannon and South First
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Off vthe top of my head, here's some sayings I remember hearing back in the days when I lived in Muncie, Indiana:

Heaven's to Betsy!...Good night, Nurse....Well, I swan....For the Love of Mike....Bless his heart.

There's others. That's all I can think of for now.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:39 PM
Location: Sunny Florida
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"Hey, you guys, wait up!" Is one of my favorite Midwestern sayings.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:19 PM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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classic midwest (especially St. Louis and Cincy): What High school did you go too?
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:50 PM
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Originally Posted by Chicago60614 View Post
I hear:

"hold up" as in saying you need to slow down and repeat what you just said, or if going somewhere you need to stop and wait.

"uff-da" !! Love this one - my dad always says this when he's drinking and gets a really strong drink. It's kinda like "wow!". He says it because our family is from Sweden originally - and it came from that region. I'm guessing it was more northern Minn. and N.D, Wisc. since most people in Iowa had no idea what I was talking about.

You Betchya must be much more up north, because if I ever heard that in Iowa, Illinois or Southern Wisconsin I would immediately think the person was dumb, or probably just picture Sarah Palin I guess.

"You guys" is a general way to address anyone. I would have no problem walking into a room full of women and asking "what are you guys up to?" and they would answer as if nothing was wrong.

Pop as everyone has already mentioned.....

I started to say "jag" after I moved to Chicago. Basically means someone is acting like a moron.

What about "pitch in"? Used if you're in a group who is throwing money in while paying at a restaurant, etc. and you want to know how much everyone needs to contribute.

Does everyone call it a "potluck" when you bring a dish to a party?

In Iowa we called shopping bags "sacks". I had a few instances in Chicago where I kept asking for a sack, and the woman behind the register just stared at me in complete confusion.

Yes up here in northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.... I am not a native of the area but have lived here for 15 years.

you betchya is heard a lot
berm is used to describe grassy area between sidewalk and the street
Uff-da heard at times too
Sacks like in Iowa used for shopping paper bags....
every meal seems to be potluck up here
you guys is used all the time and is used when talking to both sexes
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