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Facebook style, chuckle of the day. 
Oh so true...I swear I can see better when the volume goes down. 

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mel d
So very true! And it works!
True story....
Scott: MHWF
Kind of funny, but certainly cute!

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Now, isn't that SPECIAL... By Hayes stables, there are 2 mares, that had their foals... The TWINS  are brown with white socks like their mother, and the paint looks like its mom. It is fun to always just cruise by, and see all of his horses either in training, or boarding.
OMG! Whose baby is that? I want to pick it up and bring it home.
Thanks Bonnie! 

I actually don't doubt this one....  LOL! 

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Ohhh My God! Now this is a real HOOT... works for me... ha ha ha
Oh look a cartoon about Mandy
Look closely! Remember the movie Alien?

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I love this thread, brings so many smiles and laughs! 

Here is one that isn't really a "laugh", but fun and thought it would go good here.  Some of them might be indigenous to MN, there are a couple I've never heard. 

14 Midwestern Sayings That The Rest Of America Can't Understand

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/midwestern-sayings-2013-11#ixzz2kdOGfcLA


Midwesterners are the saltof the earth.


We're hard-working, super-nice, and can make a mean Tater Tot hotdish.

And yes, we call soda "pop" and hair ties "hair binders."

Inspired by Business Insider's recent list of Southern sayings the rest of America doesn't understand, here are 14 Midwestern expressions that will inspire you to visit "flyover country."

1. "If I had my druthers…"

"Druthers" is a shortened way of saying "would rather." So "If I had my druthers" essentially means "If I had my way."

Usually when someone says this, they're amping up to tell you how something could have been done better.

2. "Oh, for cute!" or "Oh, for fun!"

Unlike Southerners who like to stretch sentences out, Midwesterners love to shorten theirs. And sometimes, things are just so gosh darn cute or fun that you don't have time to make grammatical sense or even get out a full sentence. That's why after seeing a newborn or a puppy, "Oh for goodness sakes, how cute!" is suddenly condensed into "Oh, for cute!"

3. "For cryin' out loud."

This expression of exasperation is reserved for when a situation or individual is particularly ridiculous or annoying. Instead of taking the Lord's name in vain and shouting "For Christ's sake!", it's much nicer to say "For cryin' out loud."

See also: "Oh, cheese and mice!" instead of "Oh, Jesus Christ!"

4. "That makes as much sense as government cheese."

For several decades starting in the 1960s, the U.S. government provided processed cheese to those on welfare, food stamps, or Social Security. The processed cheese was a mishmash of cheeses and emulsifiers that didn't taste (or smell) all that great.

In short, people really hated it. So saying "That makes as much sense as government cheese" means something is a truly terrible idea.

5. "He's schnookered!"

If you've had one too many beers while out with friends and are excessively intoxicated in public, you're "schnookered."

The term can also mean that you've been conned into doing something under a false pretense. For example, "He was schnookered by all that malarky" means that you were taken in by someone else's bulls**t.

6. "The Frozen Chosen."

The Midwest has a fair number of Lutherans and Presbyterians, two branches of Christianity that have a reputation for being chilly or overly formal to people they don't know.

Combine this with the fact that the Northern Midwest is a frozen tundra during the winter, and the nickname "Frozen Chosen" starts to make a whole lot of sense.

little boy sledding

REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

"The weather sure is cold today." "You betcha!"


7. "Slow as molasses in January."

Have you ever seen molasses move during the dead of winter in Wisconsin? You'll be waiting awhile.

"Slow as a molasses" was originally a Southern phrase for someone who was moving slowly. It got a Midwest twist given that viscous molasses (a product of sugar) would move even more sluggishly in freezing temperatures.

8. "Duck Duck Gray Duck"

The rest of America knows this game by its alternative moniker, "Duck Duck Goose." But every Minnesotan knows that "Duck Duck Gray Duck" is the far superior way to play.

Not only do you have infinite psych-out options ("Red Duck," "Purple Duck," "Gray Moose," etc.), but it's also just much more fun to say out loud. Trust us.

9. "He's got the holler tail."

If someone's in a bad mood or doesn't feel well, then "he's got the holler tail." People used to believe that when a cow was sick and wouldn't get up that was because it literally had a "hollow tail." The farmer would cut the tail open and put salt or turpentine inside and wrap it up.

And lest you think they were crazy, it actually worked. But it was not because the tail was hollow — most likely it was because the cow got some much needed rest and extra food during treatment.

10. "Puthergoin-eh!"

A condensed version of "Let's put her going," or essentially "Let's get going!"

The "eh" is tacked onto the end as a verbal exclamation mark.

11. "Tough tomatoes!"

Saying "Tough tomatoes!" is the equivalent of saying "Tough luck" or "Tough sh*t," but in a nicer way, of course.

It makes literal sense, too — it's "tough tomatoes" if you get a tough tomato that isn't quite ripe yet.

12. "You betcha!"

This positive and energetic phrase is used in a variety of ways. People say it when they strongly agree with someone, when someone else is right, to reply in the affirmative, and even in lieu of "You're welcome."


Norway Lutefisk 01


Lutefisk: A dried whitefish dish that originated in Norway and is popular in the Midwest.


Some examples:


"The weather sure is cold today." "You betcha!"

"That game on Sunday sure was a nail biter." "You betcha!"

"Are you feeling all right today?" "You betcha!"

"Thanks for the delicious Lutefisk!" "You betcha!"

13. "Dontcha know."

"Dontcha know" means "don't you know," but it's not a question — it's said as a statement.

Particularly used in Minnesota, this phrase can be placed at the end or beginning of literally any sentence: "The Minnesota State Fair starts next week, dontcha know." "I'm stuck in traffic, dontcha know." "Dontcha know, I was at the store today and saw your uncle." Et cetera.

14. "Uff Da!"

Sometimes spelled uff-da, offda, oofta, and ufta, "Uff da" is a Norwegian expression that upper Midwesterners utter when they're experiencing sensory overload.

The next time you're relieved, exhausted, surprised, or experiencing any other overwhelming emotion in the Midwest, say "Uff da!" — everyone will know what you mean.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/midwestern-sayings-2013-11#ixzz2kdOr3u5z
...and another for today.  Thanks Kristin! 


Top Ten Things Your Horse Would Say If He Could

1. “Yeah, of course I’m acting like a pufferfish. How about we crank your belt in three holes at a time and then ask you to gallop over jumps?!”

2. “Wow, this new blanket is just great. There’s just one thing it needs to break it in and make me feel at home: MUD! Come back tomorrow to admire my work.”

3. “Sometimes I swear you’re really thick. When you whistle for me in the field and I stare at you blankly and turn around, it’s my not-so-subtle way of requesting a day off. I’m not deaf, you know.”

4. “I’ve been bathed twice, you’ve been bustling about the barn since 3 a.m., and these horrible, tight braids are making my neck feel weird. Of course I’m not getting on the trailer today.”

5. “I don’t know where you learned that plastic bags are harmless, but you’ve got some pretty poor survival skills. Did it just move?! ARGH RUN!”

6. “You want me to go out in this green field with a muzzle on?!?! Let’s take you to Chipotle and only let you eat through a straw.”

7. “I really honestly don’t understand what you’re doing right now combining your legs and your hands in that weird positioning. NO, doing it harder doesn’t help! That’s about as effective as screaming English louder at a foreigner who only speaks Mandarin Chinese.”

8. “Where is my breakfast? Where is my breakfast?! OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD HERE IT COMES OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!”

9. “Thank you so much for all that hard work you just did grooming me! It totally reminded me that I could use a little extra scratching in my life, and I’m headed out to the field right now to do some more in the dirt and grass!”

10. “Ugh … it’s that day of the week when the lady stands in the middle of the arena and yells at you. You get all tense and start trying to make me do things that we don’t ever do any other day. Can we seriously just go on a hack?”

These are great.

So many more to add on WI-MI-MN sayings or accents:

Oh for Cripes sake!  Dem Packers playen like a bunch of girls
  I guess our way of not using the Lord's name in vain

Not sure if I should go fishen or hunten today
  Somehow using the full ING is too bothersome

Would you like a soda, or no?
  Really, you don't have to phrase it as multiple choice, I kind of figured already it was a yes or no question

If you're thirsty, there's a bubbler over there
  Only other place I heard a water fountain called a bubbler was in Boston (no where else in the US)

You going to camp this weekend?
  This is yooper one for sure, camp meaning cottage or cabin

You better bundle-up, it is cold out
  Said that one to someone from elsewhere and they looked at me like I had 3 heads

It's funny, I have never said "bubbler", always drinking fountain or water fountain.  I have no idea why.  I did grow up in Wisconsin.   

There is one that can be annoying to some people that seems to run in my family, and I don't know where it comes from.  When asked a question and the answer is no, a lot of times we will say "no, ah-ah"  Not just no, we have to add the, ah-ah at the end.  No idea why, but catch myself doing that and my sisters do it too (Scott gives us a hard time on that one). 

"Going up nort" 

Indigenous to people not from Wisconsin Rapids:  "going to the Rapids". 

And not sure about this one, if people from cities say this commonly or not, but we tease my one sister about her saying it.  If something isn't in the city, it was "out in the county", or "I was driving along out in the county". 

Ever see the movie "Fargo"?  Loved listening to the dialect in that movie, they really nailed it. 

Karen, when I lived in GB, I never heard the term bubbler, but when I moved to Madison that is what they called it.  Not sure why, it might be a WI regional thing.  Then when I was in Boston dontcha know, I was surprised they called it a bubbler too.
In timely fashion, (in my day) in school and when going swimming, we always would  say,gotta get a drink at the bubbler. And never heard anyone say water fountain. Fountain referred to was at the old stores that had a counter where we could get a Coke, and fries and sit in booths... Oh, that was Kresge's and Newberry's. & a *Woolworths* five and dime store. 
cindy g
Bubbler is a "southern WI" thing--and so is soda. I'm originally from the Milwaukee area and now -waaaaay up north.
I definitely say "soda" and not "pop".  My family was from southern WI, but I grew up around here as well, moving up here when I was young, so I probably have a mix of things from different parts of the state.  Texans call every soda a "coke"...now that I do find an odd one. 

I am going to pay close attention to whether people around here say bubbler or not...I know I have heard that one a lot, but it just never caught on for me.  I will be polling people, pointing at the drinking fountain and saying "what is that thing called that you get a drink from?"  LOL! 
Tricia - No. WI
I grew up in eastern WI on the shores of lake Michigan and we always drank from a bubbler. We always knew when people were visiting the area cuz they asked for a drinking fountain or a pop, inso?
Good Idea, and the first time I really heard *You Betcha* was from Sarah Palin. It is weird/funny how we all talk. Now, you got me thnking, how many will say fountain, and others will say bubbler. Like I said, in school, the teacher would say to all of us, when someone felt sick, *go to the bubbler and get a drink*... so that is where I got it from... What about soda fountain? I never got that one.
Lindsey N
How Lindsey would play a cruel joke on Aria:
    6. “You want me to go out in this green field with a muzzle on?!?! Let’s take you to Chipotle and only let you eat through a straw.”

I might die if I do that to her...instead of making me use a straw to eat, she just might use my head for boxing practice. HA!  It's a good thing Aria doesn't need to go on a diet...I'd be in trouble.

Aria on a daily basis:
   8. “Where is my breakfast? Where is my breakfast?! OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD HERE IT COMES OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!”

But what it's missing is - "Seriously? You KNOW I hate it when my food touches...come on people! I'll just separate it myself if you can't be troubled to get it right.  (Insert copious amounts of feeding flying through the air with a sturdy nose-fling)"

One thing I thing that is hilarious about Zach's dialect - he is from Wausau.  ONLY when he talks to his dad, he doesn't pronounce the "TH" sound.  So he goes up to the camper on "Tursday", he goes hunting the week of "Tanksgiving" and he's going to leave at "tree fifteen" (3:15).  The rest of the time, he "seen a buck", "drove truck", and "ain't feeling that good".  I can handle dialect, but the grammar kills me!!  I think I've started tuning it out though.

From Sheboygan, I guess people "n' so".  Like "I went to the fish fry, n' so".  I don't even know what that means.  Also have heard, "Are you'se guys going to ___". 

I've also heard that saying "Come here once" is a WI thing; and also saying something is "pricey"? 
Having spent 10th grade in the mountains of North Carolina I can so relate to some of this.  Yup, all "pop" was coke...even the Pepsi machine was a coke machine.  Hello....it says PEPSI in great big letters!  I got some pretty funny looks my first day at school when I asked where the bubbler was, they hadn't a clue what I was talking about.  Of course, they all thought that I was the one with the funny accent. The other thing that stood out was how friendly everyone was...I went to four different high schools and I was so grateful for the Southern hospitality, it was completely different than starting a new school up here in Wisconsin.  It was a treat to be accepted with open arms and I still keep in touch with a couple of friends that I met while we lived down there.

I always wondered about the "n'so" aka "inso" and my mind interpreted that as "isn't it so"? or "ain't so" if my grammar was bad that day, but now I'm not sure! 

Lindsey, I also switch the dialect on and off, so I can relate to Zach on that.  I tend to go with the dialect of those around me (I do filter the grammar but will still do that from time to time, even though I know I'm doing it). 

I've never heard the "come here once" thing!  That's interesting. 

"Yoos guys"...I heard that one a lot around Stevens Point when I worked there.  There was also a lot of Polish-inflected dialect in that area I noticed. 

I remember being in Michigan at a restaurant and I asked for a cocktail and asked for something like a "brandy sweet", and the waitress said, "honey, you're going to have to tell me what that is, I have no idea".  So the "sweet" thing, meaning like 7UP must be a Wisconsin thing?  

In a previous job I used to have to talk to people from all over the US, not knowing where the other person was from, and we would always have fun figuring out where we were from just from listening to each other for a few minutes.  We were all pretty good at the guesses. 

"Pricey" I hear a lot...must be a Wisconsin thing. 

Oh thanks Karen, that was a hoot!  or should I say real groovy, eh?

I say the "government cheese" one a lot and that really tells my age. The undersides of all the school cafeteria's edges were all stuffed with government cheese in the 60's.  Luckily most of you probably didn't have to eat that stuff!

What drives me crazy here in Southern WI is when people call "up North" anything north of Portage.  They have NO idea how much further "UP North" goes!  Especially in Minnesota.  They think Minneapolis is way up north in Minnesota and never look at a map to realize there is a heck of a lot of Minnesota north of there.  

My sister from southern Wisconsin refers to coming up here by us as "up north" (central Wisconsin!).  We do tease her about that and have told her that we are really not up north at all, and then we start rattling the names of places up north!  hahaha! 

Also, I didn't mention, I know that brandy is really a big Wisconsin thing, but they did have brandy at the restaurant in Michigan, she just didn't know what the "sweet" part was.  :) 

Here is something kind of interesting I ran across: 
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