20 Words That Have A Different Meaning In The Midwest

Because the best part of a sandwich is the middle.

1. Winter

What it means everywhere else: A season lasting from mid-December
to early March.
What it means in the Midwest: A literal hell that will possibly never end, usually starting around Halloween and going until April.

2. Pop

What it means everywhere else: A sound, maybe what you do to a pimple or a blister.
What it means in the Midwest: A carbonated beverage that tastes yummy in your tummy.

3. Lakes

What it means everywhere else: A body of water.
What it means in the Midwest: The best swimming pool.

4. Manners

What it means everywhere else: If you make eye contact with someone and possibly smile, your manners are outta this world.
What it means in the Midwest: People going out of their way to hold open doors, smile at you, and sometimes even * gasp * talk to you.

5. Cornhole

What it means everywhere else: Something people tell you to shut.
What it means in the Midwest: The best game to play at family reunions, barbecues, tailgates, basically anywhere.

6. Basketball

What it means everywhere else: A sport that involves an orange ball. Winter season sport.
What it means in the Midwest: A lifestyle. A season that never truly ends.

7. Missing Headlight

What it means everywhere else: When the headlight on a car is burnt out.
What it means in the Midwest: A damn race to be the first to scream out “PADIDDLE” and touch the ceiling of the car.

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8. Spring

What it means everywhere else: A season that starts in mid-March that brings pretty flowers and weather and birds.
What it means in the Midwest: A season that hopefully shows up in May.

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9. Ladybugs

What it means everywhere else: A bug that has spots. Kind of cute.
What it means in the Midwest: The literal devil that smells terrible when burnt.

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10. Beach

What it means everywhere else: A mass of sand accompanying an ocean.
What it means in the Midwest: Sand around a lake. Or rocks. We aren’t very picky.

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11. Ice

What it means everywhere else: Frozen water.
What it means in the Midwest: The subject of most of your nightmares during the winter months. Going someplace? Give yourself AT LEAST an hour to account for ice.

12. Ranch Dressing

What it means everywhere else: A popular salad dressing.
What it means in the Midwest: THE NECTAR OF GODS. THE REASON TO LIVE.

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13. Snow Days

What it means everywhere else: A day off school if there’s snow falling from the sky.
What it means in the Midwest: Something that likely won’t happen unless there are at least 3 feet of snow.

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14. Fair

What it means everywhere else: An adjective to describe something usually as being honorable or just.
What it means in the Midwest: The best part of summer with corn dogs and the magic of Lemon Shake-Ups.

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15. Pizza

What it means everywhere else: A delicious food.
What it means in the Midwest: DEEP. DISH.

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16. Ohio State

What it means everywhere else: A college.
What it means in the Midwest: THE enemy. Unless of course you go there, in which case it is THE university.

17. Puppy Chow

What it means everywhere else: Food for puppies.
What it means everywhere in the Midwest: The best snack in the world.

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18. Cheese

What it means everywhere else: A dairy product that tastes delicious.
What it means in the Midwest: A fan base.

19. Shorts Weather

What it means everywhere else: Warm summer days of above 70 degrees.
What it means in the Midwest: 40 degrees.

20. Midwest

What it means everywhere else: A collection of states in Middle America.
What it means in the Midwest: The best damn place in the world.

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