The Minnesota ‘Or No’ Is A Real Thing; Do You Do It?
It seems to be just about as common as the Minnesota Goodbye, and it's a lot shorter. Are you guilty of doing the Minnesota 'or no'?
Here in the Midwest, we do have a certain way of talking and phrasing things, don't we? It's no doubt the same for most geographical places-- whether it's New York City, Boston, someplace down in the deep south or here in Minnesota.
And while the Minnesota 'Or no' isn't quite as parodied as our 'You betcha!' phrases are, it's still something unique to our neck of the woods. I did it back when I lived in Wisconsin, and I was reminded of it again a few days ago when I was when I overheard a few people in front of me at Target (socially-distanced, of course) do the same thing.
Here's how it works: When you ask somebody a question, you just add on the phrase, 'or no?' at the end. For example, in another part of the country, if you wanted to see if I'd like to grab a beer after work, you might say, "Hey Curt, do you want to get a beer after work today?" But here in Minnesota, we often say, "Hey Curt, do you want to get a beer after work today... or no?"
I'd never really noticed how much I add on the 'or no?' when asking a question until a friend of mine, who's from New Orleans (a place with quite a unique way of talking), noticed it and called me out on it when we were there earlier this year. So, do you do the Minnesota 'Or no'? (Check out the video to see what I'm talking about...)