Sod houses were common on the Nebraska frontier. The J.C. Cram family was photographed in 1886 in Loup County, Nebraska, outside their soddy.

Beyond nuances of pronunciation and grammar, there are entire words in the Midland lexicon that have a distinctly regional flavor.

The Dictionary of American Regional English, a compendium of regional and folk speech, lists several examples of regional words used in Nebraska. Words and definitions are taken from

» blowout  (noun): A hollowed out area of bare ground caused by wind erosion.

» chophill  (noun): A small, usually barren hill that appears as if roughly chopped up.

» doodinkus  (noun): Another word for 'doohickey;' an unspecified gadget.

» dugout  (noun): A primitive dwelling built wholly or partly underground.

» oil mat  (noun): An oiled road.

» pickle  (noun): A pull-tab lottery ticket.

» on pump  (noun): On credit.

» runza  (noun): A pocket of bread of pastry dough traditionally stuffed with ground beef, cabbage, onions and spices.

» sandhiller (noun): An inhabitant of the Sand Hills region of western Nebraska.

» soddy (noun): A sod dwelling.

» timber squirrel (noun): A gray squirrel.

» topsy stove (noun): A small stove with an overhanging top.

» hay-waddy (noun): A worker temporarily employed in haying.

— Blake Ursch

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