Tuesday, February 10, 2009

an introduction...

what is uff da? i'll let wiki tell you...

Uff da (can also be spelled uff-da, uffda, uff-dah, oofda, ufda, oofta or ufta) is an exclamation of Norwegian origin that is relatively common in the Upper Midwestern states of the United States. It roughly means "drats," "oops!" or "ouch!", especially if the "ouch!" is an empathetic one.

In Norwegian Midwestern USA culture, "Uff Da" translates into: "I am overwhelmed." It has become a mark of Scandinavian roots, particularly for people from North Dakota and northern Minnesota.
"Uff da" is often used in the as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. The term has been heard among men when a particularly attractive woman enters a room, or depending on the tone of voice, when a particularly unattractive woman enters the room.

"Uff da" is still commonly used in contemporary Norwegian. It is usually written in the form "Uff, da" or "Uffda". In Norwegian,
uff is an interjection used when something is scary, uncomfortable, hurtful, annoying, sad or boring. Uff da is most often used as a response when hearing something lamentable (but not too serious), and could often be translated as Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. The broader American usage would be baffling to most native Norwegian speakers.

what does this have to do with my blog? absolutely nothing.

am i norwegian? half

all i know is it's on my coffee mug and i've heard family members say it a few times. enjoy


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