Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How We Talk in North Dakota

If you can't start a conversation without mentioning the weather . . .
If you say Uff-da and Fe-da . . .
If you understand ALL the uses of the word "Uff-Da" . . .
If a stiff wind means gas from a dead guy . . .
If you understand that "Yah y'betch yah" means either "I agree" or "You're full of it" and you know the difference . . .
If you think everyone from a different state has an accent . . .
If you can identify a Minnesota accent . . .
If you bake with soda and drink pop . . .
If you pronounce it Nor'Dakoda . . .
If you consider Spanish a foreign language . . .
If you routinely end sentences with prepositions, i.e., "Do you want to come with?" . . .
If you think someone from northern Indiana has a southern accent and wouldn't really know what winter is (we do; it's just that winter there is a 3-month season--as are spring and fall) . . .
If you say "uff-da" as an exclamation . . .
If you have ever said, "Cold weather keeps out the riff-raff" . . .
If you call the grass between the sidewalk and the curb a berm . . .

If your bikini was last worn while on Spring Break in Texas two years ago . . .
If you don't believe you sound like the actors in the movie Fargo . . .
If you state the obvious--"Oh, I see you are in town today" . . .

If you follow hockey and you're not Canadian . . .
If you regard Minneapolis as "Sin City" . . .

. . . then you must be from North Dakota.

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