Translating “Minnesota Nice”

I’ve got to remind myself when I work with out-of-town Buyers — I have three such clients at the moment — that outside of Minnesota, “interesting” actually can mean “interesting.”

As in “unique” (in a good way), “provocative,” or “stimulating.”

When Minnesotans say it — especially in the context of house-hunting, and they enunciate the word slowing (“i-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g”) — they invariably mean “unique” (in a bad way), “peculiar,” or “unusual” (also in a bad way).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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