4/03/2007

Michiganderisms...

For the most part, there aren't too many striking differences between the way people talk in Chicago and the way they talk in Michigan. One saying I don't remember hearing anywhere else but here is "Jeez-O-Pete's".

For example, someone might say "Boy, I really nailed a 6-pointer with my car on the way home from bowling last night." The reply would be something like, "Jeez-O-Pete's! Is it totalled?"

Do people by you use this expression?

12 comments:

Flannery Alden said...

That's used with frequency around here too...

Skylers Dad said...

Never heard of that one! My dad used to say Jesus tap dancin Christ a lot, is that just a colorado mountain thing?

Jen said...

Jeez-O-Pete's???
hell no..

our famous lines consist of:
- "wicked nice"
- "Ya know what I'm saying?"
- "Jeet yet?" (did you eat yet)

and many more unintelligible
phrases

Dave said...

In my neighborhood "Nailing a six-pointer with your car" means you hit-and-ran a hooker who was missing four fingers.

teri said...

no, we folks here in Philly are more sophisticated than that.

Valerie said...

What's the word for a carbonated beverage in Michigan? (pop, soda, sodee, etc.)

One of Chad's relatives says, "Oh for Pat's Sake" a lot and I always snicker to myself when she says it.

The [Cherry] Ride said...

There be some country folk back in Oregon who use that term.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

Jeez-O-Pete's you think I'd ever say that??

Writeprocrastinator said...

"Jeez-O-Pete?" Wow, it almost sounds like something Marge Gunderson would've said in "Fargo."

From ages ten through twenty-four, we say "hella." As in, "she's hella fine." Some where around when you turn twenty-five, peer pressure sets in and your friends force you to stop.

Then, if you say it at age thirty or older, you are the object of derision for the day, even if someone else steps in dog shit.

Dick Small said...

Nope. Never heard it or said it.

Chris said...

Flann- I wondered if it was a midwest thing, but I never heard it around Chicago.

S.D.- I've heard that before, but not often.

Jen- You hear "Jeet yet?" in the midwest, too.

Dave- Ah, sweet home, Chicago...

Teri- I've seen that sophistication on display while watching Eagles games.

Val- It's still pop up here.

Cherry- Interesting...

Princess- Maybe some day!

W.P.- I never got on hte "hella" bandwagon.

Dick- You can say it right now and mark the day in your calendar. I always like to record important firsts.

Flannery Alden said...

Maybe it's a midwest/dork/happy young Christian thing to say. Are there dorks/happy young Christians in Chicago?