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Old 10-28-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Originally Posted by JerseyGirl415 View Post
"Yas"/"yous" around NYC.

I attribute it more with Italians around NYC but it could be more general.
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in Upper Michigan, it used to be common to say "youse" if you're talking to more than one person. Otherwise, it's guys if more than one person, and the rest depends on the age of the person you're speaking to. I use 'dude' if I'm talking to an adult under 30, 'sweetie' if it's a kid, or 'sir/ma'am' if it's an older person.
Yup, it's an Upper Midwestern thing, so I'm sure it has little/nothing to do with Italians, at least here. Hit up any bar in the northwoods (especially WI/Upper MI) and someone will call your party "youse." It's the northern "y'all." But you hear it more often than not as "youse guice," and it's more a way to reconcile the plural pronoun issue we have than what this thread is about, as us2 mentioned.

I hear "boss" occasionally due to how close Chicago is, but it's not common anywhere in the state outside of where flatlanders settle/vacation/visit. Dude, man, bro (by bros or those making fun of bros), dog (occasionally), and so on.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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Yup, it's an Upper Midwestern thing, so I'm sure it has little/nothing to do with Italians, at least here. Hit up any bar in the northwoods (especially WI/Upper MI) and someone will call your party "youse." It's the northern "y'all." But you hear it more often than not as "youse guice," and it's more a way to reconcile the plural pronoun issue we have than what this thread is about, as us2 mentioned.

I hear "boss" occasionally due to how close Chicago is, but it's not common anywhere in the state outside of where flatlanders settle/vacation/visit. Dude, man, bro (by bros or those making fun of bros), dog (occasionally), and so on.
Must be Upper Midwest because youse is practically unheard of in Chicago. Youse guise even less.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:22 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Texas
  • "Dude" - probably the most common, used by people of ALL races, backgrounds, and even ages.
  • "Folks" - of course, this isn't restricted to Texas, but seems to fit like a glove, doesn't it?
  • "Fool" (or "foo") - mostly Mexican casual term.
  • "Bro" - common for urban youths, black, hispanic, and "wannabe's".
  • "Son" - Unlike New York and New Orleans, it's much more common to hear it from old white guys than urban youths. It's also more "dragged" when said.


And these terms don't refer to people, but they are also common things to hear while in Texas:
  • "fixin'" or "fixin' to" - to begin or be in the process of doing something
  • "Coke" - Mostly common to hear in rural areas, refers to ALL sodas/soft drinks. (How that's not confusing to them, I'll never know)
  • "Down the road" - when a Texan tells you that something is "just down the road", it could mean that the destination could be as close as a few blocks or far as 200 miles or more...
  • "Y'all" - ... duh.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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"Ahk" is a big one in Philly.

In DC, there's also "Lover" and "Big Baby."

In Baltimore, "yo" can actually be a noun ("I can't believe yo said that!").
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Must be Upper Midwest because youse is practically unheard of in Chicago. Youse guise even less.
Yep - northern WI/Upper MI across the board, other regions of MN/WI/MI as well.

My favorite northwoods quote (there are dozens, but I'd have to voice most for them to "work") was when some dude walked up to a couple sisters, pointed back and forth, and said, "youse two look togedder in the face, hey."
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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In Barbados, people say "wunna," which is the equivalent of y'all, you'se, or you guys here.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:54 PM
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In Baltimore, "yo" can actually be a noun ("I can't believe yo said that!").
That's... different.

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Old 10-28-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Texas
  • "Dude" - probably the most common, used by people of ALL races, backgrounds, and even ages.
  • "Folks" - of course, this isn't restricted to Texas, but seems to fit like a glove, doesn't it?
  • "Fool" (or "foo") - mostly Mexican casual term.
  • "Bro" - common for urban youths, black, hispanic, and "wannabe's".
  • "Son" - Unlike New York and New Orleans, it's much more common to hear it from old white guys than urban youths. It's also more "dragged" when said.

And these terms don't refer to people, but they are also common things to hear while in Texas:
  • "fixin'" or "fixin' to" - to begin or be in the process of doing something
  • "Coke" - Mostly common to hear in rural areas, refers to ALL sodas/soft drinks. (How that's not confusing to them, I'll never know)
  • "Down the road" - when a Texan tells you that something is "just down the road", it could mean that the destination could be as close as a few blocks or far as 200 miles or more...
  • "Y'all" - ... duh.
Ha!

The down the road one is used by my west indian grand-parents. They can be going 3 miles "down the road" lol
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Yep - northern WI/Upper MI across the board, other regions of MN/WI/MI as well.

My favorite northwoods quote (there are dozens, but I'd have to voice most for them to "work") was when some dude walked up to a couple sisters, pointed back and forth, and said, "youse two look togedder in the face, hey."
I think NYC is closer to "yas" or "yehs" and I assume Upper Midwest closer to "yoos"?
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I think NYC is closer to "yas" or "yehs" and I assume Upper Midwest closer to "yoos"?
Right, like how it's spelled - "you" plus plural. Like "use," either yooz or yoos pronounciations are common, depending on where you are in the region/who is speaking.
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