Ope, squeezing this column in there

We really make a lot of unnecessary and goofy noises. Recently I read about a Midwestern habit where instead of saying excuse me, people and say things like “Ope, squeezin’ past ya.” Typed out, that statement looks nonsensical. Typed out, it looks like dialogue from the Andy Griffith episode where he took his son and Barney spelunking. But since I read of this phrase, I’ve

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