Are You Guilty of Doing the Minnesota ‘Or No?’
It's just as common as the Minnesota Goodbye, and it's a lot shorter. Have you ever caught yourself doing the Minnesota 'or no'?
Here in the Midwest, we do have a certain way of talking and phrasing things, don't we? It's no doubt the same for most geographical places-- whether it's New York City, Boston, someplace down in the deep south or here in Minnesota.
And while the Minnesota 'Or no' isn't quite as parodied as our 'You betcha!' phrases are, it's still something unique to our neck of the woods. I did it back when I lived in Wisconsin, and I was reminded of it again over the weekend when I overheard a group in front of me do the same thing.
I'd never noticed it until a friend of mine, who's from New Orleans (a place with their own unique way of talking), noticed it and called me out on it years ago. My wife and I just got back from spending a few days down in the bayous (okay, and on Bourbon Street) in New Orleans last week, so our Minnesota-ness was on full display-- complete with a new Minnesota 'Or no's' tossed in for good measure.
So, have you ever caught yourself doing the Minnesota 'Or no'? (Check out the video to see what I'm talking about...)