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Local Lexicon

Written by Ysmay.

Ever go somewhere and have a hard time understanding people even though they (and you) are speaking English? We know that feeling well! Learn some Chicagoese Slang and it should be a bit easier. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below!

Cuppa Too-Tree

A couple, two, or three.

Frunchroom

The main living area is commonly called a "frunchroom" in Chicago. Frunch room is what happens when you slur "front room."

G.I.

Gary, Indiana.

Grachki

The key to your garage.

Jagoff

Even though this term for a rude, jerk-esque person originated in Pittsburg, it's very popular in Chicago.

Jew Town

The old Maxwell Street and Maxwell Street Market.

Jewels

In New Mexico this term refers to a man's, ahem, valuables. In Chicago it refers to a popular grocery store chain.

The L

The Elevated Train.

LSD

Not the drug, this refers to Lake Shore Drive.

Oke Doked

In Chicago if you are being tricked or fooled, you're actually being oke doked.

PJs

The Projects.

Pop

Not something you call your father, in Chicago "pop" is what you call soda.

Sammich

Sandwich.

Tree

Not to be confused with those leafy, woody plants, tree is actually the number that comes between two and four.

Use

The plural of "you."

Vacation

Going anywhere south of I-80 in Chicago for any duration of time.

Wash Room

Bathroom.

Warship Gad

In Chicago you may hear of people doing something unusual on Sundays, but don't worry, when they're going to "Warship Gad" they're really going to Worship God.

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