Minnesotans have weird accents and are nice, America says

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With the help of SurveyMonkey Audience, Business Insider surveyed 1,603 Americans about which states are the hottest, have the best scenery, the tastiest food, and so forth.

SEE ALSO: NYC editor disses Minneapolis's awesome parks: The city "is in like, Canada or something"

Minnesota doesn't come out at the top in any of the categories. But we do rank highly in two areas -- weird accents and, of course, niceness.

As far as accents go, America (or at least the Americans polled by SurveyMonkey) think Minnesotans have the fourth weirdest one, with Massachusetts taking top honors (the darkest states received the most votes):

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And when it comes to niceness, we somehow came in second behind Georgia:

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But maybe these survey results should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, Wisconsin wasn't even acknowledged as one of the five drunkest states. (Top honors in that regard went to Louisiana.) That by itself pretty much invalidates the whole thing as far as we're concerned.

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MNLoonatick
MNLoonatick

I'm a from Minnesota, from the first generation of kids with English as the first language, so I know about some weird accents.  I have lived in the North Carolina mountains on the Tennessee border for over 20 years, and I have met  locals that even other locals couldn't understand. "Air yins needin a buhhggy" translates as "Do you folks need a shopping cart?"

John Zellie
John Zellie

Oh our accents are not so weird, you want to hear weird move to LA

John Zellie
John Zellie

Very true, especially when they catch a walleye.

John Zellie
John Zellie

Grew up in North East Minneapolis, and for the past 40 years have lived almost everywhere, including China. And I truly believe this to be true

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

sorry they have weird accents and are not nice. They're assholes like everyone else.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Minnesota nice??? WTF. A bunch of passive aggressive jerks mostly. No idea how to merge, go through a roundabout or work a 4 Way stop. Thats just a start.

Perri Pryor
Perri Pryor

The accent? Yes. My relatives are from a small town outside Rochester. Thick accents there. In the Cities though it's not common.

Alison Alicat Lammi
Alison Alicat Lammi

I have lived here all my life and no one in my family ever had thick accents or ever said you betcha! I think thats more of a scandinavian/ Norweigan thang!

Jill Walek
Jill Walek

Define "weird". I'm Minnesotan don't cha know! Tyakos and tyortyillas and stuff. But hey, at least we're nice, right? Lol.

Tom Boyle
Tom Boyle

Ah, yeah. I know Minnesota Nice. I would take New York in your face any day. At least I would see it coming...Sorry folks. Call it like I see it and experienced it....

InvisiGyrl
InvisiGyrl

ya, sure, youbetcha don'tcha know it's the truth


Mark Witte
Mark Witte

Watch any news channel in the U.S. and Canada. They all try for a midwestern accent. They even have a class for it. And yes Minnesota is extremely passive aggressive. As am I.

Roderick Nieminski
Roderick Nieminski

Yah sure, the roadside tunafish sandwitches are safe to eat you betcha.

Ed-Mycester Yang
Ed-Mycester Yang

accent??? maybe up up up north...i dont know about nice but we are ok

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Nice is how you carry yourself, and how people react to it. 

kennyX
kennyX

Minnesota also has a very generous welfare program. Just ask all of those people in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, and Brooklyn Park.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Alright...shenanigans. My wife's family is from and lives-in Milwaukee and they and the other people in south Milwaukee say shit like "melk (milk)", "ruff, rut (roof, root)", "baig, taig, laig (bag, tag, lag)", "ainchel" (angel), and "juan (won...somehow pronounced differently than "one")"...and don't even get me started on "bubbler".

I've never really been in outstate MN, but I've never heard nutty accents in the Twin Cities like those I hear in Wisconsin. Just sayin'. 


k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Having lived here for over a decade, "nice" might need to be in quotes for this statement to be accurate. Nice to your face maybe.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Compared to some other parts of our country, Minnesotans really aren't all that nice on average, lots of passive aggressive going on. I've lived here all my life and visited may other cities.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Anne...while you are right, I think you might need to chill a little bit and relax. You're not that important that people need to get out of your way on the road. If you're running late that's your own fault don't take it out on other people.

MNLoonatick
MNLoonatick

@Dave Brazelton  

You're right about the accents, but not the people. They  have a fair share of nice folks and assholes - it's just too bad the ratios aren't reversed.

tpuffer1
tpuffer1

@Daniel Castor And that's all some people know about Minnesota. When I moved to MN the first thing I noticed was that people said, "He goes," instead of "He said." I was here three years before I heard "you betcha" and "don'tcha know." I thought, wow, some people really do talk like that. Then I moved in with someone who grew up here and learned about what "passive aggressive" means. I was in a relationship with this person and his family knew more about our relationship than I did.


yoopie93
yoopie93

@kennyX   You're actually right about that kenny.  Our state does have a wide selection of social programs to help out the less fortunate.  And even though you've never left the confines of your own lily-white suburb, those social programs do help people in the areas you specified--as well as in all corners of the state (white people need help, too!).  So even though you set out to leave a racist troll message about how you're so oppressed because our government uses its resources to actually help people (gasp!), you instead pointed out one of the great things about our state.  Thanks kenny!

MNLoonatick
MNLoonatick

@DavidFoureyes  

I come from a family of Finlanders from northern Minnesota. I've also lived in Wisconsin (Eau Claire,  Chippewa Falls, Menomonie) and believe me, I have heard some weird accents in both places. Eastern Pennsylvania has a pretty distinct accent too. 

I had to laugh at the line where the guy said he couldn't believe Wisconsin wasn't in the top 5 drunkest states. As a Minnesotan, I have made many many Sunday runs to Hudson.

mn_dad
mn_dad

@k2yeb Agreed - "nice" is a joke in this state. This state is the passive-aggressive capitol of the world. 


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

It's really funny how thee dipshits like kenny want us to be more like Mississippi and South Dakota.  You know the shitty states with no culture and lots of poverty.   What can you expect from a dipshit racist loser like kenny.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mn_dad @k2yeb  Wherever you two are from must be famous for producing lots of butthurt crybabies.   

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