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2021-01-15 4:25:54 PM  
Bell's even offers a guide to understanding your most police Midwest friend


i prefer my friends to be less police, thanks
 
2021-01-15 7:16:25 PM  
Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.
 
2021-01-15 7:19:37 PM  

skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.


Its like opps

Oooh-pee
 
2021-01-15 7:22:36 PM  
I have never heard anyone speak like that.  It probably is a Michigan thing and not a Midwest thing.
 
2021-01-15 7:33:09 PM  

skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.


One syllable.  You almost swallow the "o".

Typically said when you come close to bumping into somebody on the sidewalk.
 
2021-01-15 7:38:41 PM  
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2021-01-15 7:41:52 PM  

FrancoFile: skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.

One syllable.  You almost swallow the "o".

Typically said when you come close to bumping into somebody on the sidewalk.


This.

Check out comedian Charlie Beren's Manitowoc Minute stuff or some of his other comedy.  It's a very common phrase in WI.  Well, certain parts of WI.

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2021-01-15 7:44:26 PM  
So, yer sayin'... what're ya sayin'?
 
2021-01-15 7:44:35 PM  

FrancoFile: Typically said when you come close to bumping into somebody on the sidewalk.


I retract my above statement.  I have heard people say "ope."  The "yeah, no/no, yeah" stuff never.
 
2021-01-15 7:46:28 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: I have never heard anyone speak like that.  It probably is a Michigan thing and not a Midwest thing.


Depends on how many Scandinavians settled the area. It is common in the old lumbering parts of the UP, Wisconsin, and eastern Minnesota
 
2021-01-15 8:03:04 PM  

skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.


It's like you started to say "oops" but that was too extreme for the situation, so you kinda mangled it into an abbreviated little "ope". A little truncated half-syllable of a sound. Long O. The E is only there to make the O long, and is not pronounced at all.

Variants may include "oop" (not "oops", that's different) or simply "oh" but much shorter than a normal "oh".

Said when reaching for the same thing someone else is, drawing up short when two people try to pass each other but juke to the same side, on correcting some minor mistake, and so on.
 
2021-01-15 8:04:03 PM  
Missourian/Kansan with some Oklahoma and Iowa experience. It's definitely a "native" thing in this area, not restricted to the upper Midwest.
 
2021-01-15 8:09:36 PM  

fallingcow: Missourian/Kansan with some Oklahoma and Iowa experience. It's definitely a "native" thing in this area, not restricted to the upper Midwest.


I guess I just never thought of it as a word.  I have been using it my whole life (WI, IA, IL).
 
2021-01-15 8:28:26 PM  
ND... ope is very common up in these parts
 
2021-01-15 8:44:18 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: fallingcow: Missourian/Kansan with some Oklahoma and Iowa experience. It's definitely a "native" thing in this area, not restricted to the upper Midwest.

I guess I just never thought of it as a word.  I have been using it my whole life (WI, IA, IL).


Same, actually. Discovered the MidwestOpe Twitter account a few weeks ago, was like "wtf is that? Who says that?" and then realized... I do, usually several times a day.
 
2021-01-15 10:14:50 PM  
Michigan is more Canada than midwest
 
2021-01-15 10:58:59 PM  

Space Station Wagon: skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.

Its like opps

Oooh-pee


I've never heard it 2 syllable style in my life.

(SE michigan).

It's always just oop.

Crazy.
 
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2021-01-15 11:23:56 PM  
Bells has some good beer. But as a michigander I'm gonna tell you right now, voodoo ranger is where the fark it's at. Imperial IPA 9% tastes so good and barely like an IPA at all, it's dangerous.

/I'm taking a break from drinking after tonight, so I feel it necessary to share this
//Yes, michiganders, our accents are known nationwide, and distinguishable from yoopers easily
///Just like we can identify tennessee or texas, the rest of the US can pin down southern michigan. No it doesn't make sense to us.
 
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2021-01-15 11:26:41 PM  
Now since we're talking about it, is playing 9s and 10s euchre a college thing or a gambling thing?
 
2021-01-15 11:51:53 PM  
Y'all talks funny.
 
2021-01-16 12:08:21 AM  

TheFoz: FrancoFile: skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.

One syllable.  You almost swallow the "o".

Typically said when you come close to bumping into somebody on the sidewalk.

This.

Check out comedian Charlie Beren's Manitowoc Minute stuff or some of his other comedy.  It's a very common phrase in WI.  Well, certain parts of WI.

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I grok.
 
2021-01-16 12:23:59 AM  
It is strange how my  Midwestern accent changes without me realizing it depending on which house I have been living in.  For instance if I have been living in far northern Wisconsin and return to the Chicago area people look at me in an odd way when I speak.  Hell, my friends and family openly mock my accent.  If I do the reverse move people identify me as a FIB (F*cking Illinois Bastard) when I speak.  I grew up in both areas.
 
2021-01-16 7:35:27 AM  

Smackledorfer: Space Station Wagon: skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.

Its like opps

Oooh-pee

I've never heard it 2 syllable style in my life.

(SE michigan).

It's always just oop.

Crazy.


You're right.
It appears it is just my mother (Grand Rapids), but we are originally Saginaw.
 
2021-01-16 11:37:10 AM  

FrancoFile: skyotter: Yeah, No has been a thing since the 90s (think Phoebe on Friends) but No, Yeah is a new one for me.

And is "ope" one syllable or two?  In my head it's "hope" without the aitch.

One syllable.  You almost swallow the "o".

Typically said when you come close to bumping into somebody on the sidewalk.


Yeah, I was gonna say it's about a half syllable usually
 
2021-01-16 11:42:14 AM  

Moniker o' Shame: It is strange how my  Midwestern accent changes without me realizing it depending on which house I have been living in.  For instance if I have been living in far northern Wisconsin and return to the Chicago area people look at me in an odd way when I speak.  Hell, my friends and family openly mock my accent.  If I do the reverse move people identify me as a FIB (F*cking Illinois Bastard) when I speak.  I grew up in both areas.


Could be worse. A good friend is from the mountains of West Virginia. He came to Wisconsin in the late 70's for school and ended up staying, living most of the last 40 years in Manitowoc. Here he still has remnants of his WV accent but there he has a Midwest accent. He is a minister and sometimes preaches at churches elsewhere in WI and northern Illinois where he gets teased for his Manitowoc accent peppered with some mountain pronunciations.
 
2021-01-16 1:30:10 PM  
I've been saying "ope" my whole life when passing too closely/almost running into someone and always wondered why no one else did even though it was so ubiquitous in my immediate family. I grew up in northern California and now live in North Carolina. Only learned a few weeks ago that it's a midwestern thing, and now I figure it got passed down from my dad's family, who moved from Indiana to California when dad was 9. I think it must mostly be from my grandad, since my Omi immigrated from Germany at 18 so probably wouldn't have grown up with the phrase.
 
2021-01-16 2:34:46 PM  
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