Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Minnesota Installment #2-Accent and MN Companies/Inventions

Since Fall and the apple season are right around the corner here in Minnesota, I thought I would include some pictures from one of our trips to the Applewood Orchard in Lakeville, MN

One defining characteristic of Minnesotan speech is, obviously, the long and strong vowel sounds.  For instance, the long 'o'.  This is not to be confused with holding the vowel sound longer than normal, no, this involves the shape of your mouth and how that affects the sound of the vowel itself.  For example: it's not--Minnesoooota, it's--Minnesohta.
Another characteristic is ending a sentence with a preposition. For example: "Is the store open yet?" What may seem a like a question about whether the store has opened for the start of the day, is actually quite the opposite. We Minnesotans mean: "Is the store still open or has it closed for the night?" 

Something you may not know about Minnesota is that we are known for entrepeneurship. Several amazing products have been invented in MN and we have several Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. I have listed a few of the most recognizeable inventions/companies in each category below.
(Disclaimer: I have done research to find these, but like all things in life, there's a chance I'm wrong).

Inventions:   Honeycrisp apples, Post-It notes, Scotch tape, Roller Blades, indoor shopping malls, Tonka trucks, snowmobiles, Spam, Bundt pans, puffed cereals.   Fortune 500 Companies:  Best Buy, General Mills, Target Corp., 3M (Post-it notes, Scotch tape), Hormel (Spam), Medtronic (medical devices, such as pacemakers), USBank, SuperValu.   Other Companies:   Aveda, Regis, Polaris (snowmobiles), Caribou Coffee, Valspar, Dairy Queen, Famous Dave's BBQ, NordicWare (Bundt pan), and the famed Mayo Clinic and Hospital.

It's that time again...MN Stereotype #2: All people in Minnesota sound like the actors in the movie Fargo.
That movie, along with others, were made using a gross hyperbole of the true Minnesota accent.  There are very few people in this state that actually sound like that.  Now, I'm not denying that we have a unique accent, but if you want to hear a true-to-life Minnesotan accent, I suggest watching the movie A Prairie Home Companion.  Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin do a superb job with the accent.  It's darn near perfect!  One of these days, I may muster up some bravery and do a vlog, so you can hear my accent.  Minnesota Stereotype #2=Debunked!

P.S.  Stay tuned for a re-cap of our trip to The Great Minnesota Get Together!!!


Anonymous said...

Water skiing, also invented in MN! How cool is that?

Gina Bea said...

Awesome! Thanks for the comment!