20 Slang Terms You'll Hear Wisconsinites Say

posted by Gregory Jon -

via Odessy by Sarah Daentl

Much like when anyone travels outside of their own region, if you ever visit Wisconsin, you might hear a few words or expressions that are not clear to you. But hey, no worries, here are the most common words we use in Wisconsin. I hope this list helps you keep up with our lingo and blend in with our unique culture.

1. "Couple-Two-Three"

n. "I drank a couple-two-three beers"

2. "Bubbler"

n. A word (cool) Wisconsinites use for "water fountain"

"I need to go refill my water bottle at the bubbler."

3. "Cripes"

This is a Wisconsin expression used mostly by grandparents in substitution for "sh!t" or "christ."

4. "Cripes Sake"

Same swear word as "cripes" just with a little pizazz

"For Cripes Sake"

5. "Ope"

A noise a Wisconsinite makes for honestly no reason at all.

*Bumps into someone* "Ope, Sorry"

6. "Un-thaw"

verb. To defrost or thaw

"I need to unthaw those steaks for dinner tonight."

7. "Up-North"

n. Not actually a place; is relative to everyone.

"I'm so excited to go up-north this weekend."

8. "Yooper"

n. Someone from northern Michigan

"Mike is a yooper he won't get it."

9. "Uff-Dah"

A Norwegian phrase (mainly used by grandmas) used to substitute "oops", "criminey", or "ugh."

"Uff-Dah! I'm so tired!"

10. "Brandy"

n. Distilled wine. Wisconsin consumes 90% of the Brandy produced in the U.S.

"Bartender, I'll take a Brandy Ole Fashioned please."

Sarah's final 10 here > 20 Slang Terms You'll Hear Wisconsinites Say In, And Out Of, Wisconsin


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