How Well Do You Know Midwest Slang?

By Michele Tescher on March 08, 2018

About This Quiz

Midwesterners are known for their friendliness and helpfulness. Not as pushy as New York, and not as unconventional as California, the area sits right in the middle of the U.S., getting the best of both coasts in their DNA. 

Their slang is just a part of it, as well as their accent. So how do you tell who is a Midwesterner? Ask a person "what is the name of a carbonated beverage?" If they say "soda," that's your first clue. Carbonated beverages are known as sodas, pops, and cokes in the Midwest. 

If you're getting driving directions in the Midwest, don't be surprised if they tell you to turn left at the "stop and g" or "traffic light" to you. And if need to make a quick restroom stop, don't ask for a bathroom. Instead, you'll be directed to the washroom. 

There are phrases, too, that may make you scratch your head. Like "That makes a much sense as government cheese." What that phrase means is it's a terrible idea. In the 1960s, processed cheese was being purchased by the government and distributed to people in the military, on welfare, on food stamps, and on social security. 

You'll get some interesting tidbits of Midwestern lore when you take this quiz. And if you don't guess right, tough tomatoes. Better luck next time. 


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