Talk about stuff that has nothing to do with Ghostbusters!
By Dan Shannon
Being a Chicagoan, I know some of you can't really see me speak my normal dialect. This is due to my typing "speech" being different from my actual speech. To give you an idea on how Chicago nutjobs speak, I will show you as a comprehensive list of stuff we Chicagoan's speak and give you some translations in which to follow along with, or "Wit" as we say:

1. Grachki (grach'-key): Chicagoese for "garage key" as in, "Yo, Theresa, waja do wit da grachki? Howmy supposta cut da grass if I don't git intada grach?"
2. Sammich: Chicagoese for sandwich. When made with sausage, it's a sassage sammich; when made with shredded beef, it's an Italian Beef sammich, a local delicacy consisting of piles of spicy meat in a perilously soggy bun.
3. Da: This article is a key part of Chicago speech, as in "Da Bears" or "Da Mare" -- the latter denoting Richard M. Daley, or Richie, as he's often called.
4. Jewels: Not family heirlooms, but a popular name for one of the region's dominant grocery store chains. "I'ma goin' to the Jewels to pick up some sassage."
5. Field's: Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago department store. Also Carson Pirie Scott , another major department store chain, is simply called " Carson 's."
6. Tree: The number between two and four. "We were lucky dat we only got tree inches of snow da udder night."
7. Over by dere: Translates to "over by there," a way of emphasizing a site presumed familiar to the listener. As in, "I got the sassage at the Jewels down on Kedzie, over by dere."
8. Kaminski Park : The mispronounced name of the ballpark where the Chicago White Sox (da Sox) play baseball. Comiskey Park was renamed U.S. Cellular Field (da Cell). Or like Obama said, he's a big Sox fan and he loves going to Cominski Field?!
9. Frunchroom: As in, "Get outta da frunchroom wit dose muddy shoes." It's not the "parlor." It's not the "living room." In the land of the bungalow, it's the "frunchroom," a named derived, linguists believe, from "front room."
10. Youse: Not the verb, but the plural pronoun 'you!' "Where youse goin'?"
11. Downtown: Anywhere near the Lake , south of the Zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo) and north of Soldier Field.
12. The Lake: Lake Michigan (What other lake is there?) It's often used by local weathermen, "cooler by The Lake."
13. Gunnagowit: as in make up your mind are you gunna go wit me to the store?
14. Braht: Short for Bratwurst. "Gimme a braht wit kraut."
15. Goes: Past or present tense of the verb "say." For example, "Den he goes, 'I like this place'!"
16. Guys: Used when addressing two or more people, regardless of each individual's gender.
17. Pop: A soft drink. Don't say "soda" in this town. "Do ya w ann a c ann a pop?"
18. Sliders: Nickname for hamburgers from White Castle , a popular Midwestern burger chain. "Dose sliders I had last night gave me da runs."
19. The Taste: The Taste of Chicago Festival, a huge extravaganza in Grant Park featuring samples of Chicagoland cuisine which takes place each year around the Fourth of July holiday.
20. "Jeetyet?": Translates to, "Did you eat yet?"
21. Winter and Construction: Punch line to the joke, "What are the two seasons in Chicago ?"
22. Cuppa Too-Tree: is Chicagoese for "a couple, two, three" which really means "a few." For example, "Hey Mike, dere any beerz left in da cooler over by dere?" "Yeh, a cuppa too-tree."
23. 588-2300: Everyone in Chicago knows this commercial jingle and the carpet company you'll get if you call that number -- Empire!
24. Junk Dror: You will usually find the 'junk drawer' in the kitchen filled to the brim with miscellaneous, but very important, junk.
25. Southern Illinois : Anything south of I-80. This is where Smothers' boys is from....
26. Expressways: The Interstates in the immediate Chicagoland area are usually known just by their 'name' and not their Interstate number: the Dan Ryan ("da Ryan"), the Stevenson, the Kennedy (da "Kennedy"), the Eisenhower (da "Ike"), and the Edens (just "Edens" but Da Edens" is acceptable).
27. Gym Shoes: The rest of the country may refer to them as sneakers or running shoes, but Chicagoans will always call them gym shoes!

This is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Chicago :

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in Chicago

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Chicago

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Chicago .

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in Chicago

If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of I-80 for the weekend, you live in Chicago .

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Chicago .

If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again, you live in Chicago .

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Chicago .

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in Chicago

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Chicago

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and everybody is passing you, you live in Chicago

If driving is better in the winter because the pot holes are filled with snow, you live in Chicago.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in Chicago .

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in Chicago

If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you live in Chicago .
By Dan Shannon
Doctor Venkman wrote:Um... ok. You realize that almost all of this is not even remotely specific to Chicago right?
You realize I don't care right? Good, moving on...
By Boomerjinks
Sweet, Dan Shannon posted mildly-humorous content from an email that was forwarded to him.

God I can't wait until we have threads like "You Know You're a 90s Kid If:"
By Dan Shannon
Boomerjinks wrote:Sweet, Dan Shannon posted mildly-humorous content from an email that was forwarded to him.

God I can't wait until we have threads like "You Know You're a 90s Kid If:"
I aim to please
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By Doctor Venkman
Dan Shannon wrote:
Doctor Venkman wrote:Um... ok. You realize that almost all of this is not even remotely specific to Chicago right?
You realize I don't care right? Good, moving on...
So you post a stupid topic, that no one has yet to find funny, get called out for said stupid topic, and try to act like you don't care what people think.

Are you 12? LOL

"Hey everyone, look at me and how funny I think I talk... let me explain it to you like you've never heard it before!"

"No one cares."

"I don't care what you think anyway you big stupid meanie!"
By Dan Shannon
AJ Quick wrote:I know how people in Chicago speak from looking at Dan Shannon.

It's mostly fart noises mixed in with an uncaring attitude and a feeling of unfounded importance.
All but the farting. :D
By dkdempsey
LOL. i live in Chicago. i don't say a most of those things on the list but i have heard people here in the city who have. Funny you mentioned pop vs soda. i used to say pop when i was young but somewhere along the line i began saying soda. i have always lived in the Chicago land area however
By Ketchum
I'd speak Baltimore on here but that much cursing and drug mentioning isn't a good thing.
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By keoni
AJ Quick wrote: an uncaring attitude and a feeling of unfounded importance.

you couldnt be more right AJ...

Nice Dan, I know I use a few of the words listed. Would like to something though... anything within the 5 collar counties and Cook is considered "Chicago" by the rest of the state
By Bennyboombatz
I don't think this is a dumb topic. Sheesh, the hostility, especially in the general discussion forum.

I've always been fascinated that native Chicagoans, and central New Yorkers sound a lot a like, except here, its called an "appleknocker" accent. I surmise that maybe those central New Yorkers that sounded like that moved to the mid-west during the 1800s, and thats the foundation of the chicago accent.

I also recall one time listening to howard stern, when Kathy Griffin was a guest. Howard put a caller on, and Kathy asked because of his voice whether or not he was from Chicago, and it turns out the guy was from Syracuse.

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