How to Speak Midwestern Book by Edward McClelland

Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. Find out what Midwesterners say as well as how and why they say it in this book on Midwestern speech and slang. Edward McClelland’s witty and informed analysis of the strange folkways of Midwestern speech is based on his 2015 essay for Belt Magazine. Read it and learn about the etymology of “jagoff” as well as the difference between a FIP, a FIB, and a FISHTAB, and what to call french fries on your sandwich in Pittsburgh or chili on your spaghetti in Cincinnati. McClelland was born in Lansing, MI, and attended both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Like so many Michiganders of his generation, he now lives in Chicago. McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President and Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland. Ted’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, Slate, and the Nation. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Main Library Auditorium