Tag Archives: midwest


Euchre – Midwestern Card Game

Informant’s Background: My informant, JA, is a undergraduate student at the University of Southern California. He moved from his family home in Arizona to attend college in Los Angeles. His family is of German ancestry. Context: I (AT) am a close friend of JA, and he comes over to hang out at my apartment often…. Continue Reading »

Pondy

Main Piece: The informant: “I’d always play pondy in the winter, I never played hockey though” Background: The informant grew up in a small, midwestern town on the Great Lakes where winters were always below freezing and lakes were of easy access. The informant’s high school also had a very competitive hockey team. Hockey was… Continue Reading »

“Ope”

Main Piece: (The following has been transcribed from a conversation between the interviewer and the informant.) Interviewer: Describe to me the definition of Ope, if you can Informant: Its kind of like like, excuse me but not in like a – aggressive way, more like a I’m sorry way. Interviewer: It’s an apologetic “excuse me?”… Continue Reading »

Turtlenecks and surfer culture don’t mix.

MH is a third-generation Irish-American originally from Battle Creek, MI, who relocated to Santa Barbara, CA in high school. MH had a tough adjustment period when he moved out West: “My sophomore year our family left the Midwest and moved to Santa Barbara, and my brothers and I had to start a new high school… Continue Reading »