Here's one for all the Chicagoans out there, or for anyone who's ever lived here or visited. Feel free to post some humor about your own city...
How to speak Chicagoese...
> 1. Grachki (grach'-key) is Chicagoese for "Garage Key" as in, "Yo, Theresa,
waja do wit da grachki? Howmy supposta cut da grass if don't git intada
> 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 butt . . ."
> 3. Sammich. Chicagoese for sandwich. When made with sausage, it's a sassage
sammich; with shredded beef, it's an Italian beef sammich, a local delicacy
consisting of piles of spicy meat in a perilously soggy bun.
> 4. Da. The definite article is a key part of Chicago speech, as in "da bears"
or "da bulls" or "da Mare" - the latter denoting, for as long as he wants it
to, Richard M. Daley, or Richie, as he's often known.
> 5. Jewels. Not family heirlooms or a tender body region, but a popular
appellation for one of the region's dominant grocery chains, to wit, "I'm
goin' to da Jewels to pick up some sassage." As in most Chicago
pluralizations, the "S" is pronounced with a hissing sound, rather than the
usual "Z" sound of American pluralizations.
> 6. Field's: Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago department store. Also Carson
Pirie Scott, a major department store chain, is called "Carson's," etc.
> 7. Tree. The number between two and four. "We were lucky dat we only got tree
inches of snow da udder night."
> 8. Prairie. A vacant lot, especially one on which weeds are growing.
> 9. Over by dere. i.e. "over by there," a prolix 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."
> 10. Kaminski Park. Perhaps the high concentration of ethnic Poles makes people
want the White Sox to be playing in this mythical ballpark, rather than in
their true home, Comiskey Park.
> 11. 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.
> 12. Uze. Not the verb but the plural pronoun "you." "Where's uze goin'?"
> 13. Downtown. Anywhere south of the zoo and north of Soldier Field near the
> 14. Boyztown: A section on Halsted Ave., between Belmont and Addison, which is
lined with gay bars on the west and east sides of the street. "Didn't I see
uze in Boyztown in front of da Manhole?"
> 15. Braht: Short for Bratwurst. "Gimme a braht wit kraut."
> 16. Cashbox: Traffic reporter slang for tollbooths. "Dere's a delay at da
cashbox on da Skyway."
> 17. Goes: Past or present tense of the verb "say." For example, "Then he goes,
'I like this place!'"
> 18. Guys: Used when addressing two or more people, regardless of each
> 19. Pop: A soft drink. Don't say "soda" in this town. "What kinda pop you
got?" A soda is made with ice cream and flavored carbonated water.
> 20. Sliders: Nickname for hamburgers from White Castle, a popular Midwestern
burger chain "Dose sliders I had last night gave me da runs."
> 21. The Taste: The annual Taste of Chicago Festival, a huge extravaganza in
Grant Park featuring samples of Chicagoland's fine cuisine. Takes place
around and before the Fourth of July holiday.
> 22. "Ji-eetyet": this is used to ask "Did you eat yet?"
> 23. Winter and Construction: Punch-line to the joke, "What are the two seasons
Jul 1, '03
22. "Ji-eetyet": this is used to ask "Did you eat yet?"
Also popular in Philly. I usually have to ask my relatives to translate.
Jul 1, '03
Those were great Jaded, I laughed my booty off and believe me, I gotta lot a booty to laugh off!
I love Chicago! I visited there briefly when I was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base for Corps School. Of course, did I do anything cultural like go to any parks or museums? Oh nooo, I took my happy butt to lots of fun places like Excalibur, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.... I have to get back up there to do all that fun stuff I missed out on now that I am older and way more you know um.. er.. mature
Jul 1, '03
Originally posted by navynurse29
Of course, did I do anything cultural like go to any parks or museums? Oh nooo, I took my happy butt to lots of fun places like Excalibur, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.... I have to get back up there to do all that fun stuff I missed out on now that I am older and way more you know um.. er.. mature
We have parks and museums? Hehehe!
Does Wrigley Field count as visiting a park?
Jul 25, '03
Boy, makes me mis home......
Jul 25, '03
Welcome crissyb! A transplanted Chicagoan, are you?