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21 Words That Mean Something Totally Different In The Midwest

AUGUST 12, 2015  —  By Jason Lopez

21 WORDS THAT MEAN SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT IN THE MIDWEST

If you're from the Midwest, these words will have special meaning.

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LAKE

LAKE

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There are so many lakes in the Midwest that there's practically no need for swimming pools. While people from other regions might find natural bodies of water to be gross, Midwesterners know there's no better way to beat the sweltering summer heat.

FLOAT TRIP

FLOAT TRIP

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Now, the lake is good and fine if you want to have a casual day, but for a more energetic kind of fun, float trips are the way to go. A cooler of cold beverages, your best friends around you, and the water flowing beneath you all combine to make one of the most fun things you can do. Protip: camp out the night after (and the night before!) to really have a good time.

WINTER

WINTER

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In other regions of the USA, winters can be mild to medium, but in the Midwest this season is known for being brutally cold, windy and snowy. Make sure you've got multiple heat sources just in case the power goes out.

SNOW DAYS

SNOW DAYS

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While kids in other places get to stay home when there's an inch of snow on the ground, the superintendents in the Midwest have seen a real winter or two in their time, and they know just how bad it has to be outside before they'll call off school (hint: it's really bad).

SHORTS WEATHER

SHORTS WEATHER

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Long story short, if your legs aren't frozen solid, it's ok to forgo pants.

ICE

ICE

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Not Vanilla Ice. In the Midwest, this stuff is everywhere when it's cold outside. It's the kind of stuff that makes any short drive a perilous adventure worthy of Indiana Jones.

MANNERS

MANNERS

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Sure, you might hear a "thank you" or a "you're welcome" outside of the Midwest, but in the Mildwest there's absolutely no way you'll get around without them.

PUPPY CHOW

PUPPY CHOW

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This isn't the stuff you feed to your dog. Any Midwestern kid will tell you how much they love it when they come home to a big bowl of this tasty treat.

FAIR

FAIR

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There's the county fair and then there's the state fair, and while one is certainly bigger than the other, they're both chock full of family fun. Tasty treats and fun rides abound in one of the most classic Midwestern pastimes.

CORNHOLE

CORNHOLE

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While this game isn't much known outside of the Midwest, this fun way to spend the time is found most often at barbecues and tailgates.

BEACH

BEACH

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We're not talking about your beautiful, sandy shores. The beaches you can find in the Midwest are rocky and usually ridden with plants. No matter, most of us will be spending our time in the water, not laying out in the sun.

RANCH

RANCH

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This in not merely a dressing in the Midwest, it's more or less the basis of a religion. If you're hanging out in the Midwest, expect to see this on any and every piece of food it could theoretically go on.

POP

POP

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Maybe it's the popping noise from opening a bottle of coke, or maybe it's something completely different, but when you're in the Midwest, asking for a soda might earn you a strange look instead.

SPRING

SPRING

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This season has a special place in the heart of every Midwesterner. Not only does it mean that all the beautiful plants will start blooming again, but it also signals the start of the baseball season.

CONCRETE

CONCRETE

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This stuff is so sturdy that maybe you could construct buildings with it, but wouldn't you rather just eat it? This hearty custard is simply the best Midwestern treat when it's outrageously hot outside.

BASKETBALL

BASKETBALL

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As far as college sports are concerned, basketball is the number one important thing in the Midwest. Fans are rabid enough that, while they won't bite you, it might get pretty close.

OHIO STATE

OHIO STATE

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Outside of the Midwest Ohio State is just another Big Ten school that just won a national championship. In the Midwest, though, there are two schools of thought about the university: you either love love love them, or you hate hate hate them. There is no in between.

CHEESEHEADS

CHEESEHEADS

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Here you have the most loyal and supportive fan base in all professional sports. Heck, they even technically own the team. They're not even afraid to sport some of the silliest headgear imaginable.

PIZZA

PIZZA

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That thin stuff you can find in New York isn't bad, but when you come to the Midwest, pizza has to be deep dish. The toppings swimming in sauce and cheese make for one of the tastiest combinations in existence.

CAMO

CAMO

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Maybe it's hard for people outside the Midwest to see why this fashion choice is so popular. Regardless, it's rare to go more than an hour or so in the Midwest without seeing at least one person trying to blend in.

MIDWEST

MIDWEST

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Midwest? More like Mid-best. Everyone from the heartland knows that this region is the best in the country. It's got the nicest people and best food. Even when you leave, people will be wishing you a safe trip and that you come back soon.