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How to Speak Minnesotan

Published On 10/12/2016 Published On 10/12/2016
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While accents vary by region, most Americans embrace the quirks of different-sounding brethren. But in Minnesota, the way people talk is an entire vernacular and mindset -- not just a Scandinavian vowel shift. 

In essence, a group of Minnesotans chatting is the cultural equivalent of a pile of soggy blankets.

To give you insight, this 1993 video, "How To Talk Minnesotan" by Howard Mohr explains the idiosyncrasies of northern speak. The clip comes from a Twin Cities Public Television program derived from Mohr's book of the same name, and honestly, the whole thing's worth watching.

For now, this YouTube clip sets the tone, firing first with, "It's OK to feel good about things here, but there's no sense running down the street telling people about it at the top of your voice."

From there, Mohr explains how Minnesotans use negative words to express their positive feelings. And comments from the reddit thread that resurfaced the clip give even greater context, too.
 

Watching the entire video feels like swallowing one giant linguistic Xanax. But it's also entertaining as hell with its goofy soundtrack and deadpan delivery.

All in all, it's not too bad.

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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He didn't realize this was a cultural thing, even where he's from in Northeast Ohio. But it's not too bad. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.

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