Wisconsin Dictionary


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AIN-A-HEY: placed at the end of a profound statement; as in "isn't it?"

BART: a Green Bay institution who doesn't need a last name; (see"Vince").

BELIEVE-YOU-ME: attached to the beginning or end of a statement, makes it more credible; as in," Really!"

BLAZE-ORANGE: what deer hunters and cold-weather Packers fans wear at Lambeau Field. Also a popular color for jail uniforms.

BORN IN A BARN?: a sarcastic question which usually means you left the door open or could not correctly differentiate between an alewive and a 'schmelt'.

BORROW: used in place of lend, as in, "Could youse borrow me a couple two-tree bucks, yahhey?"

BRAT: a sausage; a Wisconsin tail gate favorite; doesn't have anything to do with a spoiled kid.

BUBBLER: to the rest of the world outside Wisconsin's borders, it is known as a drinking fountain.

BUDGE: to merge without permission; cut in; as in "Don't you budge in line for a brat, I was here first!"

BY: to; near; as in "Let's go by One Eyed Jack's" or,"She'll come by da house tonight."

CHEDDERHEAD: someone from Wisconsin; see, "Cheesehead."

CHEESEHEAD: someone from Wisconsin; see, "Cheddarhead."

CHEESE CURD: small pieces of fresh cheese that squeak when you bite into them.

COUPLE-TWO-TREE more than one; as in "Delmer and I drank a couple-two-tree beers."

CRIPES: a Wisconsin expletive.

CRIPES-SAKE: a mild Wisconsin expletive.

CRIPES-SAKES-ALMIGHTY: a wild Wisconsin expletive.

DA: substitute for words beginning with "TH;" as in, "Da guy over dere in da Bears shirt dere."

FISH FRY: a Friday night dining ritual in Wisconsin.

FLEET FARM: A Cheddarhead's answer to Bloomingdales.

FROZEN TUNDRA: Lambeau Field.

GEEEZ!: Another Wisconsin expletive.

GOTS: used in place of "have;" as in,"I gots my tickets to watch da Packers play on da Frozen Tundra."

HEY: placed at the beginning or end of phrases for emphasis, as in, "Hey, how 'bout dem Packers?" or "Hows about dem Packers, Hey!"

HOWS-BY-YOU?: a greeting; the same as,"How's everything?"

HUMDINGER: a beauty; as in "dat croppy youse caught up-nort is areal humdinger."

JOHN DEERE: a Cheddarhead's other vehicle.

LEAKER: (n )One who lacks the mental or physical stamina to continue partying.

M'WAKEE: Wisconsin's largest city; located just down the lake from T'rivers and Man'twoc.

N-SO?: a word inserted at the end of a statement; (sometimes pronounced as AIN-SO), used as a substitute for "isn't that right?" "Correct?"

OH,YAH: Depending on emphasis, it's either used as acknowledgment (as "That's correct") or skepticism (That's bull!).

PERT-NEER: (sometimes pronounced "PRET-NEAR": in close Proximity; just about.

POLKA: the national dance of Wisconsin.

RUBBERS: protection for your shoes; also known as "G'loshes."

SCANSIN: the state where Cheeseheads are from.

SCHMEAR: a card game; also a term used when someone gets beat in a game of Sheepshead.

SHEEPSHEAD: another card game.

SIDE-BY-EACH: used instead of "next to each other."

SKEETER: Wisconsin's state bird.

START WIT ME LAST: to forfeit your turn.

STOP-AND-GO LIGHTS: what everyone else refers to as traffic signals.

UFF-DAH: (from the untranslatable Norwegian phrase) meaning varies with severity of incident-from "Oops" to "Criminey" to words following "Oh-!" often said when you make a really big "boo-boo" and are in 'deep doggy-doo.'

UN-THAW: to defrost or thaw.

WHERE-ABOUTS: locality; proximity; as in, "where-abouts are youse guys from?"

UP-NORT: where Wisconsinites go on vacation.

UP-SIDE-RIGHT: rightside up.

VINCE: the other Green Bay icon who doesn't need a last name for instant recognition; (see "Bart"). Recently "Brett" and "Reggie" were also added to this category, "Mark" is currently there, but will beleaving for six to ten years... refer also to wearing 'blaze orange' in Mark's case.

WIH-SKON'-TSUN: the way you can tell the speaker is not a real Wisconsinite.

YAH-HEY: affirmative, but can be added to reinforce a request.

YAH-SURE-YOU-BETCHA: yes, you are correct.

YOU-BETCHA: affirmative, as in "Yah-hey."

YOUSE: (var."Yoose") pronoun, second person plural.

YOOPER: someone from even further up-nort than you.





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