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Haddayr Copley-Woods [userpic]

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: Marissa Lingen (mrissa)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)

Go with is not always go with me. It's go with [entity implied by the rest of the sentence].

"Grandma is going to the store; are you going to go with?" Clearly, this is, "are you going to go with Grandma?" If there was possibility for confusion somewhere, "go with" would not be used. "I'm going to the library. Grandma's going to the store. Are you going to go with her?", just as in the rest of the country.

Posted by: Jennifer (mamamoira)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)

This is not just a Minnesota regionalism. I think it may be non-coast in general. Certainly it's not at all uncommon down in Oklahoma/Texas.

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

I grew up saying it in Illinois!

Posted by: Marissa Lingen (mrissa)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)

And yet in Nebraska people sneered at me for using it. "Go with who?" they would say in the most unpleasant voice possible. And a) whom, asshole; b) not me any more, because you are hereby uninvited for the sneering.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 29th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)

Ah! My friends in New York were far more charming about it. They would stand there, wringing their hands in agony, BEGGING me to finish my sentence.

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