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Let's Go By Wisconsin


Glenn G. Dahlem


Persons who grew up in Wisconsin don't always realize the profound yet subtle influence European languages have had on the English currently spoken there. Many of the idioms. colloquialisms and linguistic patterns in use in the Badger state are descended from similar ones found in many European tongues. One scholar once remarked that language patterns found in New York City and Wisconsin are the same, excepts in Wisconsin farmland separates the various ethnic neighborhoods.