Learn to talk like a Chicagoan

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  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. Uptadaendada (up-ta-da-en’-dada): As in, “Joey, you kin ride yur bike uptadaendada alley but not acrost or I’ll bust yur chops.”
  3. 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.
  4. Jewels: Not family heirlooms or a tender body region, but a popular name for one of the region’s dominant grocery store chains. “I’m goin’ to da Jewels to pick up some sassage.”
  5. Tree: The number between two and four. “We were lucky dat we only got tree inches of snow da udder night.”
  6. 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 da Jewels down on Kedzie, over by dere.”
  7. Frunchroom: As in, “Getottada 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.”
  8. Use: Not the verb, but the plural pronoun “you!”…”Where’s use goin’?”
  9. Braht: Short for Bratwurst. “Gimme a braht wit kraut.”
  10. Goes: Past or present tense of the verb “say.” For example, “Then he goes, ‘I like this place’!”
  11. Guys: Used when addressing two or more people, regardless of each individual’s gender.
  12. Pop: A soft drink. Don’t say “soda” in this town. “Do ya wanna canna pop?”
  13. “Jieetyet?”: Translates to, “Did you eat yet?”
  14. 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.”
  15. Junk Djor: You will usually find the ‘junk drawer’ in the kitchen filled to the brim with miscellaneous, but very important, junk.
  16. 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 list was adapted from bhd812 who posted here

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