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Old 06-12-2012, 03:03 AM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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What things unite Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana/Wyoming to the Midwest?

Some things I can think of:

Cold weather (obviously)
K-mart is still popular
People say 'pop' instead of 'soda' generally
High German/Scandinavian heritage
Ties to Canada
Polite/reserved society
Hunting/fishing culture
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:06 AM
 
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What things unite Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana/Wyoming to the Midwest?

Some things I can think of:

Cold weather (obviously)
K-mart is still popular
People say 'pop' instead of 'soda' generally
High German/Scandinavian heritage
Ties to Canada
Polite/reserved society
Hunting/fishing culture
In Wisconsin, I didn't know K-Mart was popular. I haven't seen one for a long time - are they still around? Also, I live in an area where you never hear the word "pop," it's always soda in my part of the state. There is hunting and fishing, but not a majority of the people hunt and/or fish.

As far as Canada, not quite sure what the ties are.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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Not sure I'd say Washington state is generally polite/reserved. Open minded, laid back, green, liberal;I don't see any similarities there with midwestern people.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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In Wisconsin, I didn't know K-Mart was popular. I haven't seen one for a long time - are they still around? Also, I live in an area where you never hear the word "pop," it's always soda in my part of the state. There is hunting and fishing, but not a majority of the people hunt and/or fish.
K-Mart used to have its HQ in Troy, Michigan before Sears took it over and moved it to Illinois. K-Mart is still popular, I guess, in Michigan. It is at the very least more prevelant there than other places.

Pop is definitly the primary word for soda in Michigan. It is used heavily in northern parts of Indiana and Ohio as well.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:59 AM
 
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I think the northern half of the US does share some similarities - being polite, having less of a southern inflection to their southern (to me the entire southern half of the US actually does have slight southern inflections even outside the South. Like the way the word 'down' is pronounced in SoCal), and of course things like saying pop instead of soda or 'greasy' with an 's' instead of a 'z'.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Target is popular in Midwest, and Sears, K-Mart AND Target were all created here (Wal-Mart in Bentonville, AR, obviously).

The Pacific NW is NOT cold!!! It's "cool".

As for "pop", because some people seriously don't leave their cities EVER, I find myself saying "can I have a soda-pop-cola please?". USUALLY, they get it!
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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The Pacific NW is NOT cold!!! It's "cool".
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Ever been to Klamath Falls?
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Ever been to Klamath Falls?
Average January high in Klamath Falls is 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Average January high in Duluth............19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sorry, no comparison. Not even close.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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Average January high in Klamath Falls is 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Average January high in Duluth............19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sorry, no comparison. Not even close.
High of 38 is still pretty cold though, the LOW is well into the 20s. And nowhere in Minnesota is as cold as the top of Mount Rainier.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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High of 38 is still pretty cold though,
Not really
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