When I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota more than a decade ago, there were cultural things I needed to learn about the region that would, allegedly, help me to assimilate. Specifically, things like knowing popular food items, participating in outdoor activities, and… learning MV, or Minnesota Vernacular.
When I moved to Fargo, North Dakota, it was much the same. For that matter, it’s that way when you move anywhere. You adapt to your city, your state, and your region. However, one thing that was curiously similar between Minneapolis and Fargo: The Vernacular. In this case, the MV shifted to the NDV, as in North Dakota Vernacular.
When you live pretty much anywhere in the Upper Midwest, you come to discover the phrases Up North, The Cabin and The Lake. Where up north, what kind of cabin and which lake – that’s where things get tricky. Perhaps this discussion will help. Perhaps.
There’s no place like home… up north… in the cabin… at the lake.
photo credit: MinnesotasLakes.com
About the Author: Christopher Gabriel is the host of The Christopher Gabriel Program on PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400 in Fresno, California. His program serves up a unique blend of current events, pop culture, sports and humor with distinguished guests and contributors from across the nation. When he was in Fargo, North Dakota from June, 2009 to January, 2015, the program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by readers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As a writer, Christopher's work has been been published online by the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, Sun-Times Network publications, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee.