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.