If you’re a Minnesota native, you probably don’t think you have an accent. …and you’re more than likely wrong!
You may also be wondering why this topic … As you may already know, MVTV Wireless supports and participates in several Social Media Breakfast (SMB) clubs across SW Minnesota. During last week’s SMB in Worthington, our presenter (Wanda Patsche, author of the Minnesota Farm Living Blog) suggested methods for finding blog topics. One suggestion was to Google ‘why do pigs…’ and then see what Google offers up. So, just for fun, we searched on ‘why do Minnesotans…’. The highest ranking topics was ‘why do Minnesotans have an accent?’
According to the Pioneer Press article ‘That Minnesoooota accent is something to be proud of‘, by ANDY RATHBUN | firstname.lastname@example.org:
To folks in Indiana, there’s something a bit different about the way Tracey Phillips talks.
So, naturally, they ask where she’s from. She tells them: Minnesota.
“Probably nine times out of 10, they’ll say it back, ‘Minnesooota,’ ” Phillips said. “I’ll say, ‘I don’t sound like that,’ and they’ll say, ‘No, that’s exactly what you sound like.’ “
As it turns out, Phillips has a Minnesota accent — something she didn’t know until 2007, when she moved to Indiana and was suddenly surrounded by entirely new, more southern accents.
What gives us away?
Accents often occur in the vowels of words, and in Minnesota, it’s no different.
One of the distinctions associated with speech in the state is the long “o” sound, a prominent feature noticeable to people in other parts of the country, Hicks said (Caleb Hicks, a Minnesota native and Ph.D. student in the linguistics program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
While other regions would say the “o” in a word such as “Minnesota” as two different sounds, Upper Midwestern English speakers, particularly those in Minnesota, may pronounce it as one flat sound, making the “o” vowel seem longer — a feature called a monophthongal vowel, said John M. Spartz, a Minnesota native and assistant professor in the department of English and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
There also are dialect distinctions, such as “come with” — a phrase Spartz, upon leaving Minnesota to attend Purdue University in Indiana, discovered sounds very odd to people in other parts of the country.
“I would say, ‘Come with,’ and people would look at me like I’m crazy,” Spartz said. He added that it sounded to the person like he had not finished his sentence.
Spartz, who went on to write his doctoral dissertation on the “come with” construction, said the phrase is basically a direct translation from the German and Scandinavian languages — languages once spoken frequently in states such as Minnesota and Wisconsin during a period of heavy German and Scandinavian immigration.
Origin of the ‘uff da’…
Scandinavians, specifically Norwegians, also brought over “uff da” — an expression familiar to people in Minnesota and Wisconsin but maybe not elsewhere. The word “hotdish” also is regional, as is “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” — the name for a children’s game known as “Duck, Duck, Goose” outside of Minnesota.
People in Minnesota and Wisconsin also sometimes use the word “borrow” when they mean “lend,” Spartz said.
“That doesn’t happen anywhere else in the country, that I’m aware of,” he said.
For the complete article, go to http://www.twincities.com/2015/05/12/that-minnesoooota-accent-is-something-to-be-proud-of/
Your accent isn’t the only thing that tells the world you’re a true Minnesotan. Take this ‘How Minnesota Are You‘ quiz, created by the Pioneer Press. http://www.twincities.com/2016/06/30/pioneer-press-true-minnesotan-quiz/
You are more than likely also Minnesota tough AND hopefully ‘Minnesota Nice‘… a blog MVTV published last February:
December 2015 in rural western Minnesota, there was a small team of people that helped get a local radio station get back on the air after a terrible situation.
Article written by: Scott Schmeling, Chief Engineer for MinnesotaValley Broadcasting.
The sight that met us at the top of the hill was indescribable. Guide wires were tangled and scattered all around, as were twisted and mangled chunks of tower. One section appeared to be about 200 feet folded in half. That piece missed the transmitter building by roughly 20 feet! There
were five or six other tower “chunks” on the ground. The most impressive looked like a single 20-foot section that must have slid down the guy wire all the way to the ground. On its way down, cross-members were completely separated from one leg! What we saw was that separated leg
leaning against the guy wire while the other two legs were still entangled. Next, we made a quick trip to Marshall to do a little audio re-routing, then back to the tower site.
When we arrived, Luke (MVTV Wireless Internet Service) was just finishing up with the broadband installation. What happened next was “smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy!” We turned the transmitter filaments on, mounted the codec in the rack, connected power and network, and within seconds we could see audio on the codec meter display. A simple move of the XLR cables and we were ready to light it up. Plates ON – little tuning and loading – and we were ON THE AIR!
Now… turn to your co-worker and commence with the Ole and Lena jokes! See ya at the next ‘Winter Carnival‘. Oh, and ask your neighbors if they would like to come with. 🙂
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’