|bubbler: drinking fountain
The origin of this word is the
Kohler company that
created a water fountain that bubbled up.
fryer: a grill
It can be charcoal or gas, though
frown upon gas. The preferred fryer is a kettle model made by Weber. As
for charcoal, only the best: Cedar Grove natural hardwood charcoal.
brat: a German sausage revered as holy
I don't like them, but I am the only
one in my family who doesn't. You grill them and eat them right away or
you simmer them if you've invited a crowd over for da Packer game ya
know. Den you put em in a "soup" made of butter (like they need more
fat), onions, and beer. My son-in-law makes a brat burger, which is a
split brat laid upon a hamburger with massive condiments. Uhm, mmm.
go by: go to
Around here, a lot of people go by
relatives at Christmas. I always wondered why they didn't stop in to say
hi. "Yeah, we're goin' by my ma's house."
bakery: sweet rolls, doughnuts, etc.
I used to think the bakery was the
place you bought all that stuff. What did I know.
This is easier to just use in its
typical context. Let's go down by the lake once. I suppose it's like
"okay" or even "hey."
It's more of a lazy thing, isn't it.
Dis darn ting.
borrow me a dollar: lend me a dollar
This is definitely local vernacular,
though not everyone says it.
This tiny fish is apparently battered
and fried and eaten, head, bones and all. I don't think I'll ever try
da lake: the lake: Lake Michigan
It's cooler by the lake in the summer.
It freezes later by the lake in fall. It causes lake effect snow. Lake
Michigan is beautiful, but never really warm enough to swim in.
If you're from here you say "Wi-sconsin"
with emphasis on sconce. Clearly I say it wrong, because I say, "Wis-con-sin."
It really does bug me though to hear people say "Wes-con-sin."
hinder: (long i sound); a person's
If you do something not nice, you might
get a "kick in the hinder."
as in "I got tree dollars." To be fair,
not that many young people say this, and it's a subtle "tree," but you
can hear it if you listen. I heard it just today (December 16, 2005) as
I walked out of the K Mart store.