1. Where others have a “mom”, we have a “maahhm”; where some would place a pot in the stove, we place a “paahht.”
Take your thumb and index finger and pinch your nose closed while whining the word “mom” while drawing out the vowel. Now you’re speaking like a Michigander!
I lived on this Earth for 20+ years before a friend from Canada (or, “Cahnuhduh” as we so nasally say here) pointed it out to me. I was surprised, but damn it if she wasn’t right.
While the rest of you in the world may have a “roof”, ask just about any Michigander what the top of their house is called and without thinking we’ll reply with a guttural “ruff.”
Now, we’ll spell it right, and heck, if we think about it we’ll carefully enunciate the word as “roof,” but catch us unaware and you’ll hear us inadvertently bark.