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The Wisconsin Englishes Project (WEP), is a group of faculty, staff, and students around Wisconsin who study our unique language patterns. WEP was formed in 2006 and the group aims to understand regional differences in English across our state – including its distinct vocabulary, pronunciations, idioms and ethnic influences, among other things.

Here’s one that I’m not really a fan of, but that you hear often around here, and especially at a greasy spoon dinner. No offense, but that’s probably where I’ve heard it the most! The nice waitress comes up to the table and says “what can I get for yous guys today?” A true Wisconsinite, eh? Well, so are you when you ask for a “brat” instead of bratwurst for “supper”. 3. Stop ‘N Go Lights

I’ve been made fun of a time or two for asking where the bubbler is when I was outside of my home state. Most people will refer to it as the drinking or water fountain. If you’re interested to know more about this specifically, my husband has written some great insight into the real reason why we call it a ‘bubbler’ in Wisconsin and who else does too. Check it out!

I grew up in Green Bay and moved to Denver a year ago. When I first moved here I got made fun for my accent, especially when I was drinking and it came out more – and it still does! I was talking to a lady in Denver on the phone for work and out of nowhere she said “You’re a Packer Backer, aren’t you? You sound just like my friend from Neenah WI!” I also get told that I’m really nice and sweet a lot (by people who aren’t from WI), and I think it is because of how I talk in general, ask for things, and say thank you almost too much. I notice that I say ‘Oh yah!’ when I’m listening to or agreeing with people, and ‘yep’ instead of yes. I also still say “Up Nort” and catch myself referring to going ‘up’ when I travel. gaz 67 Chicken Booyah is a funny Green Bay area thing – I went to college in Kenosha, and no one there had ever heard of it. I even had friends from Oshkosh who never heard of Booyah before. I wish I could get some here! Broasted chicken is another thing I can’t seem to find in Colorado – I can’t figure out if they call it fried chicken instead or if it really is just a WI thing, but the fried chicken does not taste the same. Ya’know and N’So definitely occasionally come out of my mouth too, and those phrases remind me of my Grandma. Finally, I do notice that people say WESconsin instead of WISconsin – it drives me nuts!

I’m from Milwaukee, currently in the Army deployed to Afghanistan. I’ve been gone from ‘Sconsin for over 10 years now, people always tell me I have an accent. Funny thing is that each part of the state has different accents or just say words differently depending on the part of the state you are in. I’m black so by default I say a lot of words differently than even many of my white friends (brothers and sisters) back home say. I love how peaceful and laid back Sconnies are in general. being in the Army, I have run into a few fellow Soldiers from back home, and no matter what part of the state we come from, we immediately have a bond just being from the same state! I love Wisconsin! That was, is and always will be my home! Funny story about the TYME machines. electricity generation in usa I went to basic training in FT. Benning, GA in 1999. gas in oil I had never left the state before going joining the Army. I needed to get some cash so that I could get my hair cut (shaved bald back then). I asked (which Sconnies tend to pronounce: axed) my Drill Sergeant (which we say Sarnt) where the TYME machine was. After he laughed at me and made fun of me because he seriously thought I was axing (lol) about a watch or a sci-fi device to jump forward or backward in time, he realized I was serious so I had to explain to him I was looking for the portable bank that allows me to get cash without physically going to the bank and he realized I was talking about the ATM. Another thing we say in Milwaukee, not sure how much of the state, but we call the Nike shoe, Air Force Ones: dookies or doo-doos. Not sure why but we do. That’s just one example of the different state dialects that we have in Wisconsin. People think we are so weird outside of Sconsin, but to thems I say, “eh, least we (instead of we’re) not Oregon!” LOL

Having lived in Alaska for the last 20 years I have been on a “crusade” to correct people in their calling a snowmobile a ‘snow machine’! I tell them we have snow machines, they are the machines they use to make snow on hills for skiing- but one cannot ride them! We also have autoMobiles, not auto machines, so it is called a SNOWMOBILE. gas oil ratio for weed eater Besides, we’nt they first made in WI ( or is that just Wisconsin folk lore?!). Your input…

I had always thought any accent I might have was from a speech impediment in my childhood that I just never completely outgrew ( I couldn’t pronounce my ‘r’s – people always asked if I was from Boston-in WI! after a couple years in AK, finally figured out it must be from my speech impediment. I have finally realized, & now admit I do have a “WI accent”; when my husband came home from work one day & said a customer had asked him: “What part of the mid-west are you from.” I realized it wasn’t just me! I’ve really Ben paying attention this years visit & can ‘hear’ it more, the more ‘hard’ or ‘short/curt’ sound of what I think of as German &/or Scandanavian (1/2 Norwegian maybe 1/4 German).

Wow, no matter how many Wisconsin dialect articles I read, there are still new ones I didn’t know about! I never realized that adding “er no?” to the end of my sentences was such a Wisconsinism. I grew up in WI, but my parents were from New York (Dad NYC, Mom upstate), so I was in an interesting position of never saying some Wisconsinisms, particularly cultural ones that were fishing-related. When I went to college in Appleton, however, and many of my friends were from out of state, I started to realize just how much Wisconsin had colored my dialect! (Sometimes the fights over “bubbler” got very intense.) Lately my parents have also been revealing how strange they find some of my phrases, such as “standing up” at a wedding for being in the wedding party, and doing things “on accident” (my mother always thought she’d failed to teach us the right way until she realized it was a regionalism). Now that we are living out of the country, and I am the only one with a strong Wisconsin dialect around, I realize even more how much of an impact the Badger State has had on my language. Thanks for the fun and interesting article!

I was born and raised in Madison. Some of the list, I can relate to, some I cannot. I have never heard of booyah until today (I’m 44 btw). I’ve never used the terms dat, dis or dere, at least I don’t think I have. Maybe I am and am not realizing it. 9gag memes Yous guys? Really? I know I’ve never used it, it just sounds weird. When I saw this on a quiz, I figured it was an Eastern coast accent. Very surprised that to hear that it is from Wisconsin. Stop n’ go lights..I always called them Stop lights, maybe I just shortened it. lol Up Nort…yep North is always “up”. Ya Know? Too funny, I am so guilty of saying this. or Doncha know? Bag..I’ve tried saying the other way..it just sounds WRONG. lol. Real quick or real fast. Guilty, actually had no idea this was a “Wisconsin thing” One time/once lol yep all the time. Bubbler…that is what it is…everyone else is WRONG, calling it a fountain or water fountain. I actually scolded my kids for calling a water fountain. N’ so, I’m not sure, I’ve said so anyway….