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Old 06-19-2007, 10:01 AM
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Well, once in awhile I've been known to slip up on the 'at' thing, but I have never, that I'm aware of, used those other phrases unless in jest. I don't even think that I've ever heard "them'uns" (although I'm familiar with the Pennsylvania "you'uns"
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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don't ppl in michigan refer to ginger ale as "vernors" (the brand name). i've only seen that soda there - it's good.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:05 AM
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I have a cousin in New England that always buys Vernor's like a madman whenever he comes out of Chicago to visit (we have it here too).
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:07 AM
 
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I have a friend from Eau Claire, WI and he says "You betcha" and "Yep" alot. He also calls soft drinks "pop" (he pronunces it like "pap") and "car" like "kerr." I don't really notice alot of unique sayings like you hear in the South. I travel throughout the Midwest and notice the accent changes when travelling from southern Illinois (which sounds like a midwestern/southern mix) to the Wisconsin border (fully midwestern, very similiar sounding to the Great Lakes region).
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:13 AM
 
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One I hear a lot in MN is "come with", as in "Do ya wanna come with?", instead of "Do ya wanna come with me?" People in Milwaukee use the expression "Eh?" a lot, very similar to Canadians. Here in MN, parking garages are called "ramps", and the grassy area between the sidewalk and the cub is called "the boulevard". Also in MN, the word aunt is pronounced "awnt". Listen to Garrison Keillor say it sometime. Everyplace else I've lived, that pronunciation was considered affected: "I simply MUST go visit my awnt in the Hamptons today, right after my polo match!". On cold days, a college friend from North Dakota used to say: It's colder'n a brass john in the Yukon!"
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:18 AM
 
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Vernors was available in Western NY when I was a kid. Great stuff--it's ginger ale for grown-ups. I can get it at a high end grocery store here in St. Paul, but they don't advertise here. When I was a kid, one of the radio stations in Buffalo had a contest where they'd call random telephone numbers, and if you answered "Vernor's va-va-voom!" when they called, you'd get a prize. (Don't remember what it was, probably a case of Vernor's)
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:25 AM
 
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I have a cousin in New England that always buys Vernor's like a madman whenever he comes out of Chicago to visit (we have it here too).
really! i've spent a boatload of time in chicago and never saw it, my michigan peeps said it was only available there so i guess i just never noticed or looked for it. i presume they wanted something all their own..
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:47 PM
 
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I have a friend from Eau Claire, WI and he says "You betcha" and "Yep" alot. He also calls soft drinks "pop" (he pronunces it like "pap") and "car" like "kerr." I don't really notice alot of unique sayings like you hear in the South. I travel throughout the Midwest and notice the accent changes when travelling from southern Illinois (which sounds like a midwestern/southern mix) to the Wisconsin border (fully midwestern, very similiar sounding to the Great Lakes region).
I say quite a few of those sayings also and I am from the Kansas/Missouri area. What you are mentioning there is the northern cities shift accent that is common in the midwest core. This accent is common in parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and northern Ohio. I still have sort of a northern cities shift accent because I used to live in NW Indiana and they pronounced words similar to your friend in Eau Claire, WI. If you travel to areas south of 40N latitude in areas of the Midwest the southern accents are much more common and the northern cities shift accent definitely begins to die out.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:54 PM
 
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In Minnesota, kids play "Duck, duck grey duck" instead of "Duck, duck, goose."
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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These are more annunciation things than phrases, but there are some phrases too -

These are from the MILWAUKEE or the WISCONSIN area:

(Annunciation) -

-Creek is pronounced "crick"

-Roof is pronounced "rough"

-Bag is pronounced "beg"

-Root is pronounced "rut"

-Vowels are really stressed hard; hard isn't prounounced "hard", it is pronounced - "h-ARD". Car is "c-AR." Minnesota isn't pronounced "Minnesota", it is pronounced "Minn-e-SO-TA"

(Phrases) -

-"Bubbler" is used for a drinking fountain

-"Stop-and-go lights" are used for stop lights

-"Up North" is used for vacationing anywhere north - still in WI or the UP - of where you live

-Alot of "hey"s are used as in "right?"
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