How to Talk Minnesotan again, you know, if you want

howtotalkmn2013Much of contemporary Minnesota humor owes something to Howard Mohr’s seminal 1987 work “How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor’s Guide.” While there remain regional and ethnic differences within Minnesota, particularly in the more eastern European, louder Iron Range dialect, Mohr’s observations about Minnesota language are not only funny, they’re often dead accurate. I was pleasantly surprised to see Mohr revised the book “for the 21st century” in a re-release this year.

I stumbled across the following video on YouTube the other day. The late ’80s production values and style of this “Minnesota Language Systems” presentation by Mohr only enhances the effect. Enjoy!

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