In this book on Midwestern speech and sayings, Edward McClelland not only explains what Midwesterners say, but how and why they say it. He examines the causes of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, one of the most significant changes in English pronunciation in a thousand years; explains why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. He explains slang and jargon familiar to Midwesterners, but foreign to anyone not from the region: phrases like the Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole. For outsiders, McClelland includes helpful information on how to sound like a native, in categories such as " How to Talk Through Your Nose" and "If You Must Criticize, Do So Passive-Aggressively." If you're from the Midwest, you'll have a better understanding of why you talk the way you do. If you're not, well, you'll know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?"