Unless you grew up in the Midwest, you most likely don't understand what it's like there. You might even be one of the many, many people who refer to the Midwest as "flyover states" or those that can't tell the difference between Iowa and Ohio. That's fine. Midwesterners are used to being underestimated. A lot of people don't realize that the Midwest has incredible art, amazing museums, stunning views and vistas, and really good craft beer.
I spent the first 23 years of my life living in Michigan. Although I now live in California, the Midwest will always have my heart (Even though I do not miss the snow one bit). Sometimes I find myself getting a little homesick, so I thought I'd round up some tweets that perfectly capture that Midwest spirit.
Let's get to it!
"Ope."I did not realize they weren't the actual lyrics until well into adulthood. Then again, Eminem is from the midwest. Are we sure those aren't the actual lyrics?
The Midwest Goodbye
Midwest goodbyes are 45 minutes of continued conversation while your hand is on the doorknob in the tiny entrance a… https://t.co/yf2KFz9Ayd— Sally Keckeisen (@Sally Keckeisen)1514470902.0
In Ohio, you don't say "Oh, excuse me" You say "ope" which means, "I am startled." Isn't that amazing? https://t.co/hEABo5owmH— ΔγλαΠ 🐢 (@ΔγλαΠ 🐢)1510197084.0
You know Iowa?
am i the only one who is shocked when a movie mentions iowa. like yes. that is me. iowa is me. i am iowa. thank you for recognizing me.— kenz (@kenz)1527744639.0
I'll just hold it.
midwest culture is needing to pee the entire flight but having a window seat and not wanting to disturb the people… https://t.co/j2AQrkJrNq— ellie schnitt (@ellie schnitt)1542746016.0
"Ope" again and again.
*Accidentally bumps into someone* My brain: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't… https://t.co/WUujIGTObK— nate (@nate)1542036702.0
Midwest culture is hearing the tornado sirens going off, checking the news station, and still not going into a base… https://t.co/NiKkUKG1uh— crash bandicoot soundtrack leftover (@crash bandicoot soundtrack leftover)1530038000.0
"It feels so nice out!"
Midwest culture is saying “it feels so nice out” when the temperature is in the mid 30’s— bailz (@bailz)1516545309.0
Wouldn't want to offend!
midwest culture is putting your paper plate upside down in the trash so you don’t offend whoever made the stuff you didn’t eat— devin (@devin)1542913475.0
Midwest culture is having a legitimate 20-minute long debate over the correct pronunciation of the word “pecan.” Bt… https://t.co/RBMzBV1pqb— Michael Arnold (@Michael Arnold)1543387806.0
"What was I thinking?"
Midwest culture is beating yourself up for the rest of the day because you let a door shut on a stranger— Jackson Lewis 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@Jackson Lewis 🏳️🌈🇺🇸)1543342342.0
So much cheese!
Midwest culture is mixing cream cheese + 1 other thing and calling it cheesecake or dip depending on the sugar content of the other thing— Lana Del Gay 🏳️🌈👻✨ (@Lana Del Gay 🏳️🌈👻✨)1543328586.0
The only thing I know about bodegas is that they have cats there. I assume they are some sort of cat garage.
Midwest culture is not having a damn clue what a "bodega" is— Bear With Three Candy Canes ?? ☭ (@actualcalzone) November 27, 2018
It works so well!
midwest culture is using the porch as a fridge during the holidays— perry (@perry)1543278940.0
Midwest culture is a big glass of white milk with dinner every night.— Alyssa (@Alyssa)1543277876.0
"We'll just drive."I can't tell you how many 20-hour road trips I've been on. We didn't even stop overnight! What were we thinking?!
Also saying "zip" every time you see a horse and keeping track of everyone's points. Also calling out "paddidle!" when you see a car with one headlight. Look, we spend a lot of time in cars, OK?
midwest culture is seeing cows on the side of the highway and just saying "cows" while everyone nods collectively— dumb lesbian !!! (@lisaluvbot) November 24, 2018
"Watch out for deer!"
My mom just stood on the porch and yelled “watch for deer” to our leaving guests, and if that isn’t the most midwes… https://t.co/KJy0yl6DVI— Mikayla Maria🍕 (@Mikayla Maria🍕)1542683543.0
Ooh, Olive Garden!
Don't forget waking up early so you can get breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I love those blueberry pancakes!
Small town midwest culture is driving 2 hours just to go to Olive Garden and the mall— Lucas (@nannahnucas) September 27, 2018
The Fancy Kroger.
midwest culture is going to the fancy kroger— hudson (@hudson)1531269938.0
It's stuck in my head now.
Midwest culture is singing along with the “merry Christmas merry merry Christmas” in the holiday Menards commercial on the radio— Momo’s Bob (@Momo’s Bob)1542667301.0
@CultureMidwest Wanna go to target?— Sunkissedhoney (@Sunkissedhoney)1542677837.0
Midwest culture is staying after the allotted class time while the professor talks because everyone is too polite to get up and leave— sɴᴀɪʟ "radicalize the youth” ᴛʀᴀɪʟ (@sɴᴀɪʟ "radicalize the youth” ᴛʀᴀɪʟ)1504718794.0
midwest culture is being able to spell 'cincinnati'— your favorite foreign movie (@your favorite foreign movie)1535629879.0
If a midwesterner is every more than 10 feet away from a bottle of Ranch dressing, they start developing a rash. It's true.
Midwest culture is just ranch dressing that’s it— katie lou who ? (@katieakin) May 13, 2018
This has burned me so many times living in Los Angeles. I literally spent 1.5 hours traveling 18 miles yesterday and it almost made me cry.
Non Midwesterners: How many miles is that?— TaleSpinning @MFF! (@SilverYote) November 21, 2018
Midwesterners: Uhhhhhh 'bout an hour?#Midwest
"All right, well..."
Midwesterners are ready to leave when they say "Alright, well.."— Liv (@Liv)1543363953.0
I see all these tweets about midwesterners saying “ope” all the time. What really needs to be talked about though i… https://t.co/dCO0wfe6FM— Gabe Harrelson (@Gabe Harrelson)1543022633.0
There are so many potholes.
a midwesterners tale: Are they flashing me their brights or am I just repeatedly hitting potholes?— ShyAnna (@ShyAnna)1542670496.0