- You might be from North Dakota
- If you can't start a conversation without mentioning the weather . . .
- If you say Uff-da and Fi-da (see the note below) . . .
- If you understand ALL the uses of the word "Uff-Da" . . .
- If your epitaph will include the words "yep" and "nope" . . .
- If your pa repeated first grade because he only spoke Norwegian . . .
- If you can't make it through a phone conversation without mentioning the weather . . .
- If you never confuse "Yah," "Yep," and "Yah y'betch yah" . . .
- If you think everyone from a different state has an accent . . .
- If your answer to "How are you?", "How's the weather?", or "How's the crop?" is the same--"Not too bad." ...
(Field of Canola)
- If you can identify a Minnesota accent . . .
- If you drink pop . . .
- If you hear "Yah, sure" not "Yes, sir" . . .
- If your conversation response includes, "Oh, sure, sure.....sure"...
- If you say, "Outside, zero is below" . . .
- If you go to Texas for a visit and everyone says that you have an accent . . .
- If you go to the post office to mail a paggitch . . \
- If you pronounce it Nor'Dakoda . . .
- If you consider Spanish a foreign language . . .
- If after you have discussed the weather, conversation declines . . .
- If you end all of your sentences with either "ya know", "you betcha", or "okiedokie" . . .
- If you hear "You betcha" and "Okey Dokey" in the same sentence . . .
- If your e-mail address is uffda . . .
- If your name is Olson . . . . .
- If you say "uff-da" as an exclamation . . .
- If you have ever said, "Cold weather keeps out the riff-raff" . . .
(Hoar frost on trees in my neighborhood)
- If the comment after "Where are you from?" is always "I have a cousin in Texas."
- If you call the grass between the sidewalk and the curb a boulevard . . .
- If you don't believe you sound like the actors in the movie Fargo . . .
- If you cannot greet anyone without first mentioning the weather . . .
- If you pronounce Greg and Craig the same, and people can tell the difference . . .
- If your directions include, "Turn at the Olson's" ...
- If you stop for anyone crossing the street...
- If you have ever brought a "hot dish" to a church supper...
- If you have rhubarb in your back yard...
(That's rhubarb from my yard. Yep! You Betcha')
. . . then you might be from Nor'Dakoda.
( and just so you'll know, Glenda says, Uff-da (Ooff-dah) is what you say when you drop your gum in the chicken yard. Fi-da (Fee-dah) is what you say when you think you find it and put it back in your mouth!)
(The Badlands of North Dakota)