How to Speak Wisconsonian

(A dictionary of Wisconsonite terms)

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; ("Vince").

Believe-you-me: attached to the beginning or end a statement make it more credible; as in, "really!"

Blaze orange: what deer hunters and cold-weather Packers fans wear Lambeau.

Born in a barn?: a sarcastic question which usually means you left the door open.

Borrow: used in place of "lend," as in, "could youse borrow me a couple two-tree bucks?"

Brat: a sausage; a Wisconsin tailgate 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 Froggers tonight." It has nothing to do with a purchase.

Cheddarhead: 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; a parish picnic favorite when deep fried.

Come-here-once: a beckoning call to another Cheddarhead.

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.

Crymany-cripes-sake: a wild Wisconsin expletive.

D: a substitute for words beginning with "TH;" as in"Dat guy over dere in dah Bears shirt is a FIB."

Davenport: what your mom called the sofa; a couch.

Fair-to-midlin: not bad or great, just "O.K."

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.

Go ahead: proceed; as in, "go ahead and back up your car."

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

Guldarn: another Wisconsin expletive.

Hey: placed at the beginning or end of phrases for emphasis, as in "Hey, how 'bout them Packers?" or "How 'bout them Packers, hey?"

Holy-cry-yiy!: as in, "wow!"

How's-by-you?: a greeting; the same as, "How's everything?"

Humdinger: a beauty; as in "dat crappy youse caughtup-nort is a real humdinger."

John Deere: a Cheddarhead's other vehicle.

M'wakee: Wisconsin's largest city; located just down the lake from Trivers and Mantwoc.

N-so?: a word inserted at the end of a statement; used as a substitute for "right?" or "correct?"

Oh, yah: depending on emphasis, it's either used as acknowledgment (as "That's correct") or skepticism (That's bull!).

Parish picnics: social events of the summer up-nort.

Pert-neer: near; in close proximity; just about.

Polka: what you do at parish picnics.

Pop: a non-alcoholic drink.

Rubbers: protection for your shoes; also known as "galoshes."

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 state bird.

Start wit me last: to forfeit your turn.

Stop-and-go lights: what everyone else refers to as traffic signals.

Uff-dah: affirmative; as in "that's right!"

Un-thaw: to defrost.

Up nort: where Wisconsinites go on vacation.

Up-side right: right side up.

Vince: the other Green Bay icon who doesn't need a last name for recognition; (see "Bart").

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

Yah-hey: affirmative; as in "uff-dah."

You-betcha: affirmative; as in "Yah-hey."

Youse: pronounced "YOOS;" it means "you" as in "are youse guys goin' up nort?"

Youper: someone from ever further up-nort than you.