THE COEN BROTHERS’ MOVIE AND THE SPINOFF TV SERIES have made Fargo, North Dakota famous. But if you ask a local, they’ll be quick to say, “we don’t really talk like that.” Except…sometimes we do. Here are 12 things people from Fargo actually say.
1. Uff Da
Everyone denies it, but this versatile little exclamation (sometimes pronounced “oof da”) is firmly embedded in the Fargo vernacular. It’s exclaimed when one is surprised or does something clumsy and used in place of a groan to indicate chagrin or disgust. (“The oldest Olson girl wrecked her car again? Uff da.”) If you’re especially annoyed, do what the locals do and stretch out the first syllable and roll your eyes skyward to really maximize the sarcasm.