10 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Clevelanders Have Their Own Language

Here in Cleveland, we’ve aced the art of rhetoric. Language certainly evolves regionally, and though we may not hear our accent (we are part of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, so we emphasize our vowels in a unique way. Our speech is littered with short a’s acquiring more of a nasally yeah sound, along with other oddly emphasized vowels), we have certainly noticed that a few of our words and phrases are uniquely our own. How many of these ten phrases have you found yourself using?

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In Cleveland, we have our own way of communicating. Some of our words and expressions are unique to our region, and they have inevitably become a part of our everyday speech. How many of these phrases have you ever used?

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