Words and Meanings that Only Michaganders Know …Do You Know Any of These Regional Terms?

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You should call them Michiganders not Michiganians. People from Michigan certainly have a different take on certain words from their region, so let’s learn a little something from them.

Ranch Dressing

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What most people think it means: a white dressing for salad

What it means to Michiganders: a condiment you can put on anything

A Boating License

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What most people think it means: something only people with boats need to have

What it means to Michiganders: a license you need to have before you get your driver’s license

Weather

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What most people think it means: The weather is something you read about and dress for accordingly.

What it means to Michiganders: no one knows and it can change at any moment

Lake

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What most people think it means: A lake is a small body of water.

What it means to Michiganders: practically as large as an ocean

Holland

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What most people think it means: a country in Europe

What it means to Michiganders: a city that hosts the Tulip Festival

 

 

Football

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What most people think it means: a great competitive sport

What it means to Michiganders: it tears families and friendships apart

Steak ‘n Shake

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What most people think it means: a restaurant that serves steaks and shakes

What it means to Michiganders: the best place to go at 2:00 in the morning

Michigander

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What most people think it means: a species of goose

What it means to Michiganders: what you call someone from Michigan

Soybeans

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What most people think it means: where soy sauce and tofu come from

What it means to Michiganders: what farmers grow when they run out of corn

Mackinac Island

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What most people think it means: an island

What it means to Michiganders: an amazing place with horses, fudge, bicycles, and toys

 

 

Car

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What most people think it means: one mode of transportation

What it means to Michiganders: the only mode of transportation

Meijer

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What most people think it means: a hard-to-pronounce word

What it means to Michiganders: a place to buy everything you need

Little Caesars

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What most people think it means: a pizza place

What it means to Michiganders: a place that sells the best pizza in the world

UP

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What most people think it means: a Disney/Pixar movie

What it means to Michiganders: the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan

A Hand

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What most people think it means: an important body part

What it means to Michiganders: a map that you have with you all the time

 

 

Kalamazoo

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What most people think it means: a place in a child’s nursery rhyme

What it means to Michiganders: a pretty average city

Michigan’s Adventure

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What most people think it means: an adventure in Michigan

What it means to Michiganders: the place where you went to for your first ride on a roller coaster

Up North

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What most people think it means: no place in particular. just a general area

What it means to Michiganders: the place to go camping

Yooper

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What most people think it means: a sequel to Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s movie Looper.

What it means to Michiganders: a person who lives in the UP and is practically Canadian

 

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