Since red means stop and green means go, stop ‘n go lights are a way better name.Technically, it could be stop, slow, ‘n go, but yellow has become more of a – hurry up and get through it before it turns red – kind of light anyway.It’s about sounding less aggressive or like you’re not demanding too much. I’ve been made fun of a time or two for asking where the bubbler is when I was outside of my home state.Most people will refer to it as the drinking or water fountain. Which is simply a reduction of the phrase “Isn’t that so”?The Wisconsin Englishes Project (WEP), is a group of faculty, staff, and students around Wisconsin who study our unique language patterns.WEP was formed in 2006 and the group aims to understand regional differences in English across our state – including its distinct vocabulary, pronunciations, idioms and ethnic influences, among other things.For instance, someone might ask, “Can you stop at da store real quick before you come home?I got a meatloaf in da oven.” Have you ever wondered why we say “come here once” or “let me see dat one time”?
It’s also a dead give away that you live in some part of the northern Midwest.
At least we don’t call it a “sack” like people from the southern U. When you hear Wisconsin folks ask you for a favor and then add “real quick” or “really quick” to the end of it, we aren’t talking about speed.