I’ve noticed some new Midwest slang since arriving back to America. Here are a few of them:
1. “Let’s just be honest” or “I’m going to be honest with you.”
Either people are really letting their guard down or they are just using these words as a filler. Well, let’s just be honest, we’re probably over-using this phrase and cheapening its original meaning. But I’m going to be honest with you, I like being honest.
2. "That’s epic.”
Although I have not personally heard this phrase used yet, my friend promised me that it’s widely used to describe something awesome or perhaps horrific but interesting.
On Saturday, my friend and I paddled down the river on canoes and then stopped at a winery in St. Croix, Wisconsin with a group of young 20 / 30 somethings from the Twin Cities’ area. The group had several leaders who made a couple of announcements on the bus. When they used the word “Freakin’” it seemed the announcement became more cool or at least they seemed to think so. Now, I just need to figure out how and where to slip this word into my conversation, and I think the result will be pretty freakin’ sweet.
I am sure I'm missing some slang. Leave me a comment if you can think of some more.