By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 28, 2017 at 12:02 PM

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Last night I was a guest bartender at Walker’s Pint and a friend came in to visit. He said, jokingly, "You like words, right?" I said indeed, I am fond of  "the words," and then he stumped me on one.

It wasn’t a long and pretentious word that I might have skimmed while studying for the SAT – "diaphanous" comes to mind – rather a three-letter word: "ope."

"Ope?" I asked. "O-P-E?"

"Yeah, ‘ope,’" he said. "Know what it means?"

I admitted that I did not know the meaning of the word and so he showed me, on his phone, a page from the Urban Dictionary with the definition for "ope." Now, the Urban is no Oxford, but often it manages to nail a word so real that I herald it as a cultural bible.

Such was the case after reading the definition of the word "ope." 

"It's a Midwest thing. When someone cuts in front of you rudely, when you are surprised, when you bump into someone, or when something is offensively funny, you use the word ope."

Personally, I’ve used this many times in the "ope excuse me" sense, after almost running into someone in a crowded place like a dance club. I certainly wonder, though, if this is really a "Midwestern" thing. Whatcha think?

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.