What?!? Minnesota’s Most-Used Slang Isn’t ‘You Betcha’ or ‘Ope?’
It's the slang word a new survey says we say the most here in Minnesota-- and no, it's not 'you betcha!' Do you know what it is?
The gang over at BestLife.com has come up with a list of the Most-Used Slang Words in each state. When I first read their article's title, I was POSITIVE that for us here in Minnesota, "you betcha!" was going to be our most-used slang word.
Or maybe "ope!"-- the Minnesota word we say when we accidentally bump into someone in the aisle at Target or Hy Vee.
And even though I've caught myself using both of the phrases, I was wrong on both counts.
So just what IS our most-used slang? Well, according to BestLife, "Oh for!" is the slang word (even though it's actually TWO words) we use the most here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Of course, you have to pair that word with several other words to create a truly only-in-Minnesota slang phrase.
"When you say 'oh for' in Minnesota, you can follow it up with a veritable number of words, ranging from cute to sure. Just make sure that whatever you use is positive, seeing as this phrase is meant to show excitement or delight," the story notes.
Does that sound right? Like I said, while I'm not from Minnesota, I have been known to say "you betcha" or "ope," many times, but I don't think I've ever said "oh for..." anything. Of course, the survey said the Most-Used Slang Word in my home state of Wisconsin is "cripes!", and I don't think I've used that one, either. (Maybe that says more about me than the survey, come to think of it.)
You can check out the full list of Most Used Slang Words HERE. And while you (like me) may not agree about our most-used slang, there's no question that there ARE certain words and phrases we only really use here in the North Star State. Keep scrolling to see what they are-- and how many you've said!