2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan

July 3, 2024 all-day
1. You know what euchre is.

And how to pronounce it.

2. You grew up with German, Polish, or Norwegian influence.

Maybe you ate, or still eat, sauerkraut regularly, or perhaps, like me, your family makes a traditional Norwegian meal of lutefisk and lefse every year on Christmas Eve.

Michigan has strong German, Polish, and other European influences that are easily defined by our love for pierogies, pasties, golumpkis, and similar cuisines we grew up watching our grandmothers make from recipes that were handed down through generations.

3. You make all company names possessive for no reason.

You call Meijer “Meijer’s” and Kroger “Kroger’s.”

4. You measure distance in time instead of miles.

When someone asks you how far away something is, you’re likely to tell them how long it’ll take them to get there as opposed to how many miles away it actually is.

5. You love going “Up North.”

Going Up North literally just means heading north a couple hours, and yet this is what defines Michigan summers for many of us. It could mean going camping at one of the state parks or going over the bridge into Yooper territory. Maybe you even go Up North to “the cottage” — the cottage being anything from a decrepit tiny cabin in the middle of the woods to a beautiful, sprawling house on Lake Michigan.

6. You have nicknames for other Michigan natives.

“Yooper,” “Troll,” “Fudgies,” and “Townies,” are all ways to identify others native to the Mitten state, and everyone knows what you’re talking about when you use these terms.

7. You have a Chicago accent.

You clip all your hard consonants, pronounce your A’s with a hard, nasally sound, and drop the G’s in verbs with the notable exception of “tornado warning.” T’s are pronounced like D’s when in the middle of a word and not supported by another consonant — think of how we say “ciddy” instead of “city” or “liddle” instead of “little.”

Most of these things aren’t evident until you get outside the Midwest and someone calls you out on sounding like you’re from Chicago.

8. You know what a “Michigan left turn” is.

You know a “Michigan left turn” is when you turn right onto a street followed by an immediate U-turn at the next crossover and don’t really understand why out-of-state drivers find the whole thing so confusing.

9. You have loyalty to certain local brands and foods.

You drink Vernors when you’re sick, prefer coney dogs to chili dogs, wonder why you can’t find Blue Moon ice cream anywhere else in the country, and likely have a family member who still side-eyes foreign cars.

10. You have a slightly different vocabulary than the rest of the country.

You call shopping carts “buggys,” say “kiddy corner” instead of caddy/catty corner, and tell people you’re going to the “party store” instead of the convenience store. The hilarious thing about Michigan’s unique phrases is that you never realize just how unique they are until you go out of state and find someone genuinely confused about what you just said.

11. You show people where you’re from by pointing to a spot on the back of your left hand.
12. You had to wear your Halloween costume over your winter coat at some point during your childhood.
13. You joined other Michiganders in shared confusion and outrage when Wisconsin tried to claim itself as the Mitten state a few years ago. Don’t get it twisted Wisconsin.
14. You refer to Ann Arbor as A2 and Kalamazoo as Kzoo.
15. You don’t think it’s weird when it’s 75 degrees today and the forecast is predicting three feet of snow for tomorrow.
16. You’ve been to a Friday night fish fry.
17. Someone in your family or a friend’s family have worked for or been laid off by the auto industry.
18. You think 40 degrees is a perfectly acceptable temperature to put shorts on.
19. You know a pastie is something you eat and not wear.
20. It’s a family tradition to cheer on the Lions on Thanksgiving.
21. You’re either a Spartans fan or a Wolverines fan. You cannot be both.
22. No matter whether you are a Spartan or a Wolverine, you hate Ohio State.
23. You love Motown music.
24. Bronner’s makes you never be able to be satisfied Christmas shopping anywhere else.
25. Pop cans are worth 10 cents.


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