I know we have our own accent, but some outsiders think us Michiganders have our own language.

I saw this TikTok the other day that talked about how Michiganders mispronounce specific words.  I don't personally mispronounce most of these words as presented in the video below.  But I know people that do on a regular basis.

@danaonair##duet with @thatchipperbunch Nothing but love to my fellow Michigander. However, I don’t pronounce most of these words the same. You? ##Michigan♬ Sneaky Snitch - Kevin MacLeod

That lead me to come up with the Five Things Michigan People Say Incorrectly.

#5. Do you say "begel" instead of "bagel?"  Apparently, many of us call these "beg-als" in the Mitten State.

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#4. Secer-terry-a-state.  The place we get our license renewed.  Also, known as the Secretary of State.

McConnell Adams, Townsquare Media Lansing
McConnell Adams, Townsquare Media Lansing

#3. Ash-fault.  I rank this mispronounced word up there with "warsh" and "orl."  It is surprising how often I hear someone call asphalt "ashfault."


#2. Meijers or Walmarts.  There is a theory about why Michiganders add the letter "s" at the end of words where it does not belong.  We can blame Meijer.  Back in the day it used to be called 'Fred Meijer's Thrify Acres.'  Now called Meijer, some just can't let go of the s.  Which has lead to people also saying they're "going to the Walmarts."

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#1. These ones or those ones.  This is the most common word or phrase that I hear in Michigan that breaks grammar laws.  The two words "these ones" are redundant when used together.  You can just say, "these" or "those."

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Did we miss a word or phrase that you only hear in Michigan?  Let us know in the comments.

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