“Oh no! You got a boo boo?” I said on my 2nd day of teaching in Chicago. A student had just come up to me with a scratched knee from falling on the grass. I was so surprised when he gave me a weird look and said “NO!” before running to the other teacher and asking for a Band-Aid.
WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
Turns out, I had asked the kid if he had poop. Here in Chicago, “boo boo” doesn’t mean a small injury to a little kid. It only took me one extra day to figure that one out.
Here are 6 more phrases that mean something different here in Chicago than they do anywhere else I’ve ever lived.
“Push the door up” – Close the door
“I gotta use it” – I need to use the bathroom
“That’s high” – That’s expensive!
“Washroom” – Bathroom
“LSD” – Not a drug. “Riding down LSD” does not actually mean you’re on some type of drug trip. It just means you’re on Lakeshore Drive, a main road along the lake here.
“You’re stupid!” – Does not actually mean someone is questioning your intelligence. Just means “Oh you’re funny!”
Have you hear these in your area of the country? What are some other phrases that mean different things depending on where you live?