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12 Words That Mean Something Completely Different To Midwesterners

Puppy chow is NOT dog food.

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The midwest is full of crazy lingo — bubblers, meat raffles — and some of the most confusing terms have to do with food.

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So here are 12 food words that mean something completely different to Midwesterners:

1. Cheese Head

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What it means to most people: A person who loves cheese — like a wino, but for cheese. 🧀

What is means to a Midwesterner: Someone from Wisconsin — typically a fan of the Green Bay Packers and cheese wedge hats.

2. Bubbler

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What it means to most people: Umm, maybe some sort of children's toy that makes bubbles?

What is means to a Midwesterner: A drinking fountain — plain and simple.

3. Brat

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What it means to most people: A spoiled, rude child.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A German-style sausage — short for bratwurst.

4. Pasties

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What it means to most people: An itty bitty article of clothing used to cover nipples.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A savory pastry filled with meat or veggies — kinda like an empanada but 100% NOT an empanada.

5. Relish

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What it means to most people: A condiment of chopped and pickled veggies that's usually multicolored or a pale, natural green.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A borderline-radioactive, neon-green condiment that looks kinda strange but is at every reputable hotdog stand and actually 100% delicious.

6. Pop

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What it means to most people: Catchy music that plays on the radio.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A carbonated beverage sometimes called "soda" by those living on the coasts.

7. Custard

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What it means to most people: A cream filling found in the center of fancy pastries.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A frozen dessert similar to ice cream, but thicker and MUCH better.

8. Booyah

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What it means to most people: A lame saying from the 90's said by teenagers wearing puka shell necklaces.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A comforting and hearty stew made with chicken and veggies.

9. Puppy Chow

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What it means to most people: Dog food.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A homemade (never store bought) snack of Chex cereal coated in melted chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.

10. Hotdish

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What it means to most people: Food that's hot in temperature — like when a server places a plate down and says, "be careful it's hot!"

What is means to a Midwesterner: An iconic Midwest casserole made with a starch, vegetables, and usually canned soup. It's sometimes topped with tater tots, but that's not completely necessary (although totally recommended).

11. Salad

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What it means to most people: Greens and veggies tossed with a dressing or vinaigrette.

What is means to a Midwesterner: A catch-all term for anything that's cold, tossed together, and dressed in something (even if that's marshmallow fluff).

12. Horseshoe

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What it means to most people: A curved piece of metal used to protect a horses's hoof.

What is means to a Midwesterner: An open-faced sandwich topped with french fries.

Any Midwest food words we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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