We’re also likely to pick up our Pop at a Party Store. Apparently, people in other non-mitten shaped states would go to a Party Store to pick up paper plates, hats, balloons and streamers. Our party stores mainly sell Liquor. And overpriced Pop.
Like Vernors. Another kind of Pop. Apparently some folks never drank Vernors. Makes your nose feel all fizzy. I mistook a cup of beer for Vernors when I was young… that was very disappointing.
Around here, you’ll find quite a few folks who head “Up North” for vacation, usually to hunt. They may or may not make it across the Mackinac (that’s pronounced Mack-i-naw, of course) Bridge to the UP (or Upper Pennisula.)
Or they might travel to the “Big Lake.” Yeah, in a state surrounded by Big Huge Lakes, everyone who goes to one of the Great Lakes really does just call it the Big Lake. My family usually went to Lake Huron– that was our “The Big Lake.” And we always brought pop for the trip.
I know the obvious Michigan words, but some of them surprise me. Apparently the rest of you don’t say “Doorwall” for a sliding glass door.
We say ‘kitty korner’ rather than caddy corner. We usually say freeway or expressway (or eway) but not highway. And apparently the rest of you thaw or de-ice while we dethaw.
Around here, you might cry alligator tears if you’re losing bad at Euchre while outside there’s a toad drownder going on.
Or at least in some regions we do.
But we still drink pop. The only soda we have is baking soda.
Because this is Michigan.
And if any of you guys (not youse guys) know any other words that are uniquely Michigan, please, let me know! As a life long Michigander (do NOT say Michiganian!) I would love to hear what we say that you don’t!