7. The summer festival season is impressive
Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival (yes, the WHOLE world). But if you grow weary of being pushed around by an endless sea of tipsy teenagers, you can turn to German Fest, Irish Fest, PolishFest, etc. The ethnic festivals that are sprinkled throughout the summer really put our diverse city under the region's microscope, and they're usually less crowded and more fun than Summerfest.
8. Our non-existent “accents”
Sometimes we say words strangely, we guess? Some of us use the word "bubbler" to describe a water fountain, or soda for pop, or vice versa. A “tyme” (take your money everywhere) machine = ATM (automated teller machine). Stop 'n go lights = stoplights. You get the picture.
9. Many towns have Native American names that are comically hard to pronounce
We’ll ask you to pronounce some of our places named by Native Americans. Milwaukee is one of them. Some others include: Mukwonago, Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa, Muskego, and Waukesha. Bay View’s most traveled road is Kinnickinnic Ave. We promise you’ll learn to love these names and the history that comes with them.