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20 Words That Have A Different Meaning In The Midwest

Because the best part of a sandwich is the middle.

1. Winter

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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

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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

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What it means everywhere else: A body of water.

What it means in the Midwest: The best swimming pool.

4. Manners

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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

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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

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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

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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.

8. Spring

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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.

9. Ladybugs

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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.

10. Beach

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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.

11. Ice

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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

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What it means everywhere else: A popular salad dressing.

What it means in the Midwest: THE NECTAR OF GODS. THE REASON TO LIVE.

13. Snow Days

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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.

14. Fair

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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.

15. Pizza

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What it means everywhere else: A delicious food.

What it means in the Midwest: DEEP. DISH.

16. Ohio State

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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

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What it means everywhere else: Food for puppies.

What it means everywhere in the Midwest: The best snack in the world.

18. Cheese

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What it means everywhere else: A dairy product that tastes delicious.

What it means in the Midwest: A fan base.

19. Shorts Weather

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What it means everywhere else: Warm summer days of above 70 degrees.

What it means in the Midwest: 40 degrees.

20. Midwest

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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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