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It’s also a dead give away that you live in some part of the northern Midwest.
Up Nort’ isn’t a specific location, it’s a state of being.
Other people in the country have this expression in common with us, but I’ve heard it started here – and we have a very distinct way of pronouncing it..
In Wisconsin we pronounce bag or bagel like “bay-g” or “bay-gel.” People from outside of Wisconsin will argue that you must say it with a short “a” sound so it starts the same as the word “bad”.
Since red means stop and green means go, stop ‘n go lights are a way better name.
Whatever the case…there’s no reason to be embarrassed!
However, most of us pronounce it like Wuh-Skaaaahn-sin.
Most people will refer to it as the drinking or water fountain. Which is simply a reduction of the phrase “Isn’t that so”?
If you’re interested to know more about this specifically, my husband has written some great insight into the real reason why we call it a ‘bubbler’ in Wisconsin and who else does too. My classic Wisconsin grandma and her sisters use this expression a lot. Maybe you’ve often heard people say more silly things like “you betcha” or “oh, fer sure”? Check out this funny video featuring Wisconsin Slang!