If you grew up in the Midwest, then you totally understand how it can become our own little world.

You travel anywhere outside of the Midwest and ask somebody for an ice-cold pop and you'll get some WEIRD looks. They probably won't understand what you're really asking for.

But if you're from the Midwest, you know you're asking for a ...

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I decided to put my own mini Midwest slang test on Facebook to test this theory. I chose pop as a test, but I also added a few more photos the the collage. Here's what I asked -

Over 200 comments later we have a lot of different names for all of these things. So let's break it down.

We start with this stuff ...

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Here are ALL the things people call this stuff -

  • "Pop"
  • "Pop cans"
  • "Soda"
  • "Drinks"
  • "Coke"
  • "Soda Water"
  • "Aluminum Cans"

Personally, being born in Illinois, I say pop.

Next on the list are these ...

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So what do Illinois residents call these?

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Here's the list -

  • "Sneakers"
  • "Tennis Shoes"
  • "Tennies"
  • "Gym Shoes"
  • "Trainers"
  • "Shoes"

As a born Illinoisan, I say tennis shoes.

Next up, this thing -

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When you're thirsty in a public place and need some water you go to the __________?

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Here's what we saw on Facebook -

  • "Drinking fountain"
  • "Shut off for COVID"
  • "Water fountain"
  • "Wooder fountain"
  • "Bubbler"

On the Steve Shannon Show, Steve being a Wisconsin native says "bubbler" and me being an Illinois native, I say "water fountain".

So what's the final thing we're taking a look at?

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What do you call this?

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As someone who drives on I-90 every day, I call it a pain in my a**.

But here are all the names Facebook had for it -

  • "Tollway"
  • "Expressway"
  • "Highway"
  • "Freeway"
  • "Interstate"
  • "Too many lanes of traffic"

Apparently, midwesterners normally say "expressway". Personally, I say highway.

So are you a true midwesterner? If you are, you'll say -

  • Pop
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Bubbler
  • Expressway

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