“Ven Two Minnesootins Meet Oop Nort On da Lake Fichen”

When Two Minnesotans Meet Up North On the Lake Fishing

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“Haydair”

Hey there

(informal greeting)

“Lobuddy”

Hello, buddy

“Benearlong?”

Been here long?

“Couplhours”

A couple of hours

“Crieps, cetchennenny?”

Cripes, catching any?

(the exclamation “cripes” is a euphemism for “Christ”; compare “jeez” = “Jesus”)

“Yepgoddafew”

Yep, got a few

(“yep” informal affirmative interjection; “got” is elision of “I got”, i.e., ‘I acquired, I caught’)

“Vairdaybitin?”

Where they biting?

“Oberdair”

Over there

“Kindarday?”

Kind are they?

(i.e., ‘(what) kind are they?’)

“Valleyeennordern”

Walleye and northern

(the walleye is a large perch and the most popular gamefish in Minnesota;

“northern” = “northern pike”, a much less popular gamefish)

“Ennysiztooum?”

Any size to ‘em?

(i.e., “to them”)

“Cuplapowns”

Couple of pounds

“Offda, bittenard?”

Uff da, [are they] biting hard?

(“Uff da” is an untranslatable Minnesotan exclamation borrowed from Norwegian;

it can refer to something bad (“Uff da, I’m only catching small northerns today!”)

or something good (“Uff da, this is the best darn walleye I ever ate!”)

“Yanohowdeyar”

You know how they are

“Vahchaoozin? Dalindyrik?”

What [are] you using? The Lindy Rig?

(The “Lindy Rig” is a hugely popular fishing lure used specifically to catch walleyes)

“Ohyeahdonchano”

Oh yes don’t you know

“Fichenondabodum?”

Fishing on the bottom?

“Rydoopneardaboddum”

Right up near the bottom

“Hoydeeperya?”

How deep are you?

“Bounttvenyfeet”

About twenty feet

“Oh, vachadrinkin?”

Oh, what are you drinking?

“Hadacouplabeers”

Had a couple of beers

“Velligoddago”

Well, I gotta go

(“gotta” is informal speech for ‘got to’, i.e., ‘have to’)

“Tubad”

Too bad

“Seeyaround”

See you around

“Yeahtakideeze”

Yes take it easy

“Guluk”

Good luck

“Yoobetcha”

You betcha

(“you betcha” = ‘you bet ya’, ‘you bet you’, informal speech used for

‘okay’, ‘thanks’, ‘you’re welcome’, and probably a lot more)

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“Da Ent”

The End

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