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What a Minnesotan really means

January 28th, 2012 (02:35 pm)

Having lived in Minnesota for more than 18 years now, and influenced by the table of Britishisms explained, I have decided to go into public service. You're welcome, transplants to Minnesota!

What a Minnesotan SaysWhat s/he meansWhat the transplant thinks
"I'll get right on that!"I will never do this.This will be done very quickly!
"Um, I guess that might be okay."No.Yes.
"That's different."I hate that.He likes my unusual choices!
"Maybe you should think about . . ."DROP EVERYTHING AND DO THIS NOW.She's offering me her thoughts.
[longish pause] "Yeah, that's [smallish pause] good!"That is disgusting. Do not ever order this under any circumstances.What I am about to order at this restaurant is good and I will enjoy it.
"It's a mite nippy out!"It is 30 degrees below zero with a wind chill of minus 60.Perhaps I should put on a sweater!
"Wow! It was so nice to meet you!"Goodbye.I made a great impression on that guy!
"This was a great conversation. We will definitely get back in touch with you!"Get the fuck out of my office and thank you for wasting my time.I TOTALLY nailed that interview!
"You know, other guys might shovel the snow downwind."Oh Christ you are an idiot.He thinks I'm an idiot.
"Can you borrow me a dollar?"Will you loan me a dollar?What the hell is this person asking me? What is happening? i don't need to borrow a dollar someone help me
"Nice day, eh?"why do we live here this crushing hellish nightmare of my existence is best borne quietlyWow. This person thinks icy slush and hail is pleasant weather.
"Oh, I don't know about that . . ."You are wrong; you are completely talking out of your ass. If you don't stop talking about this I will punch you right in the jaw.This person does not know much about this topic or is very mildly disagreeing with me. I shall try to explain why I am right!
"Have a nice day."Goodbye.That person wants me to have a nice day!
"Have a super nice day!"Go fuck yourself.That person REALLY wants me to have a nice day!


Posted by: like a hundred billion hot dogs (half_double)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)

My wife, born in Virginia, MN, says "uff da" with startling regularity.

I'd never thought of the "uff da"/"oy vey" comparison. I'm not sure I agree 100%; my understanding of "uff da" is that it's more akin to "oh, jeez", where "oy vey" (at least in my family) carries an undeniable air of "woe is me; my life is such torment".


Edited at 2012-01-29 02:46 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)

Oh, this is an excellent distinction!

Posted by: like a hundred billion hot dogs (half_double)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)

Alternately, when commenting on a story someone else is telling you, "Oy vey" could also mean, "Woe is you; your life is such torment."

Posted by: Marissa Lingen (mrissa)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)

Uff da has a lot more versatility than you're describing oy vey to have; I am not a native user of oy vey, so I can't be sure. But snurri, for example, has understood me perfectly well when I used "uff da" to mean "okay this conversation topic was perfectly fine but I'm kind of over it and marking a transition to a different one now."

Edited at 2012-01-29 03:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)

The first time Dave used this I thought he was making a Garrison Keillor joke. I didn't know people actually SAID that!

(And excellent distinctions, here.)

Posted by: David J. Schwartz (snurri)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)

I really think Uff Da could mean nearly anything. I haven't said it during sex that I can recall, but it would totally work.

Posted by: Careswen ferch Madoc (careswen)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)

I remember the first time I heard someone say uff da un-ironically. I was taken aback. I was much more accustomed to hearing it used ironically. Uff da, indeed.

Posted by: like a hundred billion hot dogs (half_double)
Posted at: January 30th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)

The funny thing there is that I think leorathesane started out saying it ironically, but, over time, she's reclaimed it as part of her cultural heritage and now frequently says it sincerely.

Posted by: isallybananas (isallybananas)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)

Uff da is more like Oy Gevalt than Oy Vey.
At least in the context that I've heard it, eh? ;)

Posted by: like a hundred billion hot dogs (half_double)
Posted at: January 30th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)

Oooh! That's a good distinction. I like it.

Posted by: Amanda (cissa)
Posted at: February 5th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)

I'd have to agree with the distinction.

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