How to Speak Midwestern

How to Speak Midwestern

Book - 2016
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Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in 'Fargo' miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?".
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio :, Belt Publishing,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780997774276
Characteristics: 151 pages : map ; 19 cm


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Jul 21, 2018

As a Kansan, I was perturbed at his omission of Kansas, the only Midwestern State (by US Census standard) not included. Not even a mention as far as I could find, with lots on the Northern States. Not a terrible book, but it didn't meet the expectations I set after checking out the reviews.


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