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1. Virgin Vault: The virgin vault was the former all-female Elizabeth Waters dormitory at the University of Wisconsin. It has recent...
2. Leaky Beer: The culmination of all run off and spillage from the beer vendors at a Madison Mallards game. The extra beer runs d...  
3. Hippie Christmas: This is August 15 and a few days on either side. When all the leases in the central city turn over at the same time...
4. Terrace Chairs: The colored (orange, yellow and green) metal chairs outside at the Memorial Union Terrace. You can buy replica ter...
5. Boot: A glass boot at Madison's Essen Haus that is passed around a table full of friends. The boot is the centerpiece for...
6. Sconnie: The fact that this term is allegedly used by people of other states does not make it local Madison slang. I have n...
7. Grainger High: This is a cutting, yet endearing, reference to the Wisconsin Business School's Grainger Hall. The term likens the b...
8. Circle of Death: The road that circumnavigates the parking lot at Madison's West Towne Mall. Lanes are created and then merge togeth...
9. Bone Zone: Speedway, a road that runs between two cemeteries connecting Regent Street to Mineral Point Road.  
10. Five Guys: Five Guys is shorthand for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a DC-area burger joint that expanded its reach to Madison i...
11. You're among (drunk) friends: At Wisconsin Badger football games you'll see a number of different creative t-shirt messages. Many of them hold di...  
12. Jersey Chaser: A person who goes to certain bars in hopes of finding a football or basketball player to go home with. A good spot...  
13. Epicoolaid: Epicoolaid is a cutting reference to Epic Systems' tight-knit company culture. Epic employees are often accused by ...  
14. IMOO: A term referring to the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon held the Sunday after Labor Day in Madison, WI. Most people re...  
15. People's Republic of Madison: Pejorative nick name given to Madison by political conservatives due to its long history of progressive politics. ...  
 
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