North Dakota August 25, 2017
7 Silly Sayings That Will Only Make Sense If You’re From North Dakota
North Dakotans can all understand these, but they would probably confuse someone from another state. These silly sayings and fun phrases all come from various parts of living here in the Peace Garden State. You may not get them if you’re not from here, but spend a bit of time around ND residents and you’ll probably hear a few of these:
1. "The temperature outside today is below."
When winter rolls around, this is a pretty common saying here, but when we say it we don't mean below freezing. Nope, we mean below
zero. When it gets into the negative degrees we'll simply refer to it as below.
2. "Oh fer cute."
This is more on the eastern side near our neighbor Minnesota, but if we see something adorable, you can expect to hear this.
3. "I can't come in today, I'm snow-stayed."
If the snow gets to be too much and you can't get out of your driveway, you are "snow-stayed." Hopefully your neighbor with a plow attached to the front of his truck will come bail you out!
4. "I love eating puppy chow."
This'll make an out-of-towner blink at you like you are crazy, but here we call "mud buddies" or whatever else they may be called "puppy chow," and it's delicious!
5. "Uff da!"
A North Dakotan needs no explanation for this one. This saying can be applied to many situations and those of us from here tend to use it quite a bit. If this is one of those stereotypical things people think ND residents do, then it is one that is absolutely true.
6. "I saw a sun dog in the sky this morning, it's gonna be a cold one today."
A sun dog is a natural phenomenon where a ring of light and a few beams surround the sun. It almost looks like lens flare from a camera, but it isn't. When a sun dog shows up in the morning, it means it is very cold.
7. "Why not" immediately responded to with "why not Minot?"
This saying is just simply fun to say, even if it is responding to something completely unrelated to the given answer. It just rolls of the tongue so well!
What are other North Dakotan sayings you or people you know say? Share with us!
And if you’re wondering what other silly and weird things we do here in this state,
you definitely want to look at this.