How Well Do You Know Wisconsin Slang?

By: Isadora Teich

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Every city, state and region has its own sayings and slang, and Wisconsin is no different. Check your Wisconsin slang knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

What do many people from Wisconsin call the state?

Wisconsin, or 'Scansin, has a lot of slang attached to it and a famous Midwestern accent. You will rarely hear a die hard Wisconsinite actually refer to their home state as Wisconsin.

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Which of these is commonly used to refer to beer in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin they are proud of their beer and beer culture. These are the ways they affectionatley refer to bottles, cans and glasses of beer.

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What are curds?

Wisconsin is known for its cheese. One of the best is curds, a decadent snack that is 100% deep-fried cheese curds.

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You-Betcha means _________.

Everyone from Wisconsin says this all the time. For example, if you ask a Wisconsinite to do you a simple favor, they might respond with "You-Betcha."

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__________ is also referred to as America's Dairyland.

People from Wisconsin are proud of their dairy farms, their cheese and beer, and their sports teams. Most of all they are proud to be from Wisconsin, America's Dairyland.

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Who are the Packers?

Green Bay, Wisconsin is home to the NFL team the Green Bay Packers. Many Wisconsinites take football very seriously and love their team.

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How do many Wisconsinites end sentences?

"'N so?" is the shortened version of "Isn't that so?" Many people from Wisonsin end sentences like this out of reflex.

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In Wisconsin, a brat is a _________.

Brats are delicious tender sausage-like meat tube favored in Wisconsin. They are often grilled and cooked in beer.

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"Stop-and-go-lights" refer to what most of the country calls:

Traffic lights or stop lights are called "stop-and-go-lights" in Wisconsin. This makes a lot of sense, since these lights don't just tell you when to stop.

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FIB refers to:

FIB is an acronym insulting people from Illinois. It refers to Illinois tourists who drive north to visit Wisconsin's lakes and often drive poorly and cause traffic jams.

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Brewers refers to.....

Wisconsinites hold both their regional beers and their sports teams very close to their hearts. Their major league baseball team is called the Brewers.

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In Wisconsin, The Dells refers to:

Wisconsin Dells is a massive tourist attraction and water park. It is often referred to as the "waterpark capital of the world."

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Who are the Badgers?

The Wisconsin Badgers refers to all of the sports teams which play for the University of Wisconsin. College football is a big deal to many people living in Wisconsin.

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In Wisconsin, custard is a frozen ice-cream like treat with the addition of which ingredient?

Custard is a popular Wisconsin treat that is similar to ice cream. Unlike regular ice cream, eggs are added to the cream and sugar which gives it an extra decadent consistency.

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Cheesehead describes someone who is:

Wisconsin fans of the Green Bay Packers are considered to be some of the most dedicated NFL fans in the country. They are known for drinking a lot of beer and sitting through bitter cold temperatures to support their team.

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In Wisconsin. what do you do with pop?

Throughout the Midwest, pop is used to refer to all kinds of soda. In about half of Wisconsin, pop refers to almost any sweet drink.

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Why do people from Wisconsin hate the Bears?

People from Wisconsin hate the Chicago Bears NFL team. They consider them overrated and pretty much any other insulting adjective out there.

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What is a bubbler?

There are certain places in the US where bubbler is slang for water fountain. These include Wisconsin and Boston.

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What do you eat on Fryday in Wisconsin?

Fryday is a day reserved for fish fries. During these days, big groups of people get together to enjoy beer and deep fried fish.

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Which of these do they say most commonly in Wisconsin?

This second person plural pronoun is said by almost everyone in Wisconsin. They might say "What do youse want to eat tonight?"

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In Wisconsin, someone who rides a hog rides a_______.

Hogs refer to the famous Wisconsin-made Harley Davidson motorcycle. It is also an acronym for Harley Owners Group.

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How many beers has someone who has drank "a couple-two-three" beers had?

If you hear someone say that they have had a couple-two-three beers, you know that they are from Wisconsin. It can be heard in bars all over the state.

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What is Oshkosh?

The rest of America knows Oshkosh B'Gosh as a kids clothing company. That company is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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What is cripes?

Mostly older people in Wisconsin use this word. It's a clean stand-in for foul language.

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When someone from Wisconsin asks for a Spotted Cow, what are they really asking for?

Outside of the Midwest, a spotted cow is just a cow with spots. Within the Midwest, Spotted Cow is a beer with a cult following.

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If you un-thaw something you are:

Most of the country defrosts or thaws out frozen food before cooking it. In Wisoncsin you un-thaw frozen food.

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Someone who is going up-nort' is going to:

Up-north does not actually refer to a specific place. It is relative to everyone who uses the term, and is where many in the state go on hunting and fishing vacations.

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Where is someone who is a Yooper from?

Many Wisconsinites have a few bones to pick with those from the states surrounding them. They called people from Illinois FIBs and people from northern Michigan Yoopers. The term is a takeoff on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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What does "uff-dah" mean?

This multi-meaning sound is mostly used by Wisconsin's older set. It comes from the Norwegian language, due to the Midwest's many Scandinavian settlers in the past.

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If something, is a humdinger it is:

Calling something a humdinger is a high Wisconsin compliment. You might hear them say something like "Woah! That guitar is a humdinger!"

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Which of these do Wisconsinites say most often?

Many Wisconsinites start and end sentences with this phrase many times a day. While many people in the Midwest say it religiously, they say it started in Wisconsin.

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If someone from Wisconsin asks you to do something "real quick," do they actually want you to do it fast?

Wisconsinites use this to indicate that they are asking for a minor favor that is not a big deal. They are often polite, and wouldn't ask you to do any sort of favor in a rush.

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A Wisconsinite might ask you to see something _________.

Someone from Wisconsin may ask you to see something once or one time. This is all about seeming less aggressive and more polite.

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In Wisconsin, you don't ask someone to lend you money you ask them to ...

Somebody from 'Scansin won't lend you $10. They might borrow you $10 real quick, though.

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What is ope?

Much like "Ugh" or "Erm," "Ope" is a filler sound many Wisconsonites make. Sometimes they might make it for no reason at all, or if they bump into someone.

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