Quiz: How Well Do You Know Midwest Slang?
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How Well Do You Know Midwest Slang?
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About This Quiz

The Midwest is one the least politically predictable parts of the United States. It's a blend of different communities, some of them extremely diverse and others more monochrome. In the Midwest, some of America's most important cities swim in a sea of corn. The Midwest has some of the most economically vibrant parts of the nation, with cities like Chicago and Cleveland where the opportunities just keep growing. It's also tragically home to many of the towns most ravaged by the economic downturns of the last generation, as the industrial manufacturing base that once provided the economic engine of the region was outsourced to the Far East and elsewhere. On the upside, new technologies like renewable energy and the rise of the internet have brought new jobs and businesses to the region.

Despite the variety of people within the region, there are some slang terms that cover several Midwestern states, or perhaps even all of them. They're sometimes used in other parts of the USA, but many are specific to the Midwest alone. That means you'll need to know them if you want to travel or even move there and make yourself understood. It's time to check your Midwestern slang knowledge. Let's get started!

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What do Midwesterners call a big inter-state road?
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What do Midwesterners call a public water dispenser?
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What do Midwesterners mean if they say someone has "the holler tail"?
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What do Midwesterners call a vacuum cleaner?
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What do Midwesterners call a chocolatey-peanutty rice cereal snack?
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What do Midwesterners call a carbonated beverage?
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How does a Midwesterner ask you if you have already had a meal?
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What do Midwesterners call a game played at summer barbecues?
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What do Midwesterners call shoes that you wear for sporting purposes?
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What do Midwesterners call a casserole?
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What do Midwesterners say to indicate they've made a mistake?
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What do Midwesterners call a pastry filled with meat?
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What do Midwesterners say to indicate that someone is very drunk?
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What do Midwesterners call a traffic signal?
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What do Midwesterners say to express surprise?
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What do Midwesterners call the bathroom?
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What do Midwesterners call the game "duck, duck, goose"?
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What do Midwesterners call the living room?
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What do Midwesterners say should be knee high by the Fourth of July?
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What do Midwesterners call it when you win enough meat to feed your family for some time?
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What do Midwesterners say to invite you someplace?
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What do Midwesterners call a traditional hotdog with chili, mustard, and onion?
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What do Midwesterners say when they see a car with a missing headlight?
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What do Midwesterners call a delicious Polish donut?
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What do Midwesterners call the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street?
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What do Midwesterners say to indicate that something is very adorable?
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How do Midwesterners say "tough luck"?
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What do Midwesterners call a pointless prediction that won't be accurate?
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What do Midwesterners call a tiny freshwater lobster?
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What do Midwesterners call a harmless little insect that lights up?
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What do Midwesterners call a yard sale?
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How do Midwesterners pronounce caramel?
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What do Midwesterners call an elastic cord used to tie back hair?
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How do Midwesterners say, "Put that away"?
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What do Midwesterners call literally everyone?
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