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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: the laughing leaping water (minnehaha)
Posted at: January 31st, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)

I do like a good Minnesota love letter; thanks for your post. (Like others, I followed Peg's link to get here.)

The Minnesota culture of my youth is hard to find out on the Minneapolis streets, I think. I cannot remember the last time anyone asked me for a binder. Cultural transmissions like yours promote it, but so many people have come to Minnesota that the old culture gets diluted. That's just the way of things. I'm not a native, though I have lived in Minnesoa since 1973, and I certainly have most of the accent. Most of my wide circle of friends and acquaintances are not natives either. Which is fine. We are all used to each other, as you say.


Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 31st, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)

AW! I am so glad that you saw it for what it was: a love letter to Minnesota.

I have only been, as I said, 18 years here and I apparently already have much of the accent myself (according to my sisters). Thanks for reading!

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