You think you know what I’m going to be writing about by the title, don’t you? You think this is one of those pieces on how Minnesotans have those phrases like “you betcha” or “uffda.” Or that kids call the candy on sticks suckers, not lollipops. Or that Minnesota kids play “duck, duck, gray duck” rather than “duck, duck, goose.” Or that it’s called pop instead of soda. Or purse instead of pocketbook. Or hotdish instead of casserole. Or binder instead of hair band.

Those things are true and well documented already. No, I’ve got meatier issues to tackle. This concerns an entirely different version of how to speak Minnesotan. This is the East Coast transplant version. And it’s not about the words exactly.