As someone from Illinois, I’ve used this expression all my life without realizing it’s only a midwestern thing
@Hat Tricked, I'm from Illinois to and had no idea this wasn't a normal phrase to everyone
As a Kansan, ope.
@Cynical Pancakes, I didn't know you were a fellow kansan
*Patrick voice "I don't get it"
@ThePandaPool , it’s a midwestern expression, not especially common in my part of Kansas.
@Cynical Pancakes, also common in central Missouri
@Not him again, I find myself saying it often and cursing myself
@smiggles, I don't even regret doing it anymore, it's just a reflex
@Not him again, oof
@Cynical Pancakes, i still dont get it....what tf is an ope?
@MMSieBreeze, it’s something you’d say if you ran into something or were surprised by something
@Cynical Pancakes, oooooh
wow sorry I am an idiot
@smiggles, is it pronounced..like...up
@Cynical Pancakes, it seems like you're just spelling "oop" weird.
@MMSieBreeze, like ape but with an o
@Cynical Pancakes, OOOOHHHHH thank you! I never knew there was a word for my most used noise. What the hell sound does the rest of the world make when they almost run into other people?
@ThePandaPool , I grew up in Iowa and didn’t move away till I was 22 and I don’t recall ever hearing this so I had no idea wtf it was either.
@smiggles, southern Illinois, too
@Cynical Pancakes, oh my god. I live in California and I've been saying this my whole life and didn't realize where it came from. My grandma is from missoura and she's the one taught me it.
@ThePandaPool , Ope, lemme just squeeze right by ya there.
@Cynical Pancakes, not really said in central KS either
@FrodosBackHair, ope is said a lot in South central, South eastern Kansas
South is better
We say it in oregon, so I don't think it's a midwestern thing....
@Craiger, probably just emmigration