Translating “Minnesota Nice”

I’ve got to remind myself when I work with out-of-town Buyers that, at least outside of Minnesota, “interesting” can literally 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 slowly (“How . . . 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).

P.S.: for anyone under 50(?) years old, a character played by Arte Johnson on the old “Laugh-In” (photo, above) was famous for his catchphrase, “Verrrry interesting . . .”

See also, ““Minnesota Nice” Misconceptions“; “Minnesota Nice for “Back Off!”??“; “Sunday Open Houses & “Minnesota Nice”“; and “Showing Feedback & “Minnesota Nice.

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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