Getting One Out of Three Right

We’re in Minnesota, so here’s the weather forecast: the rest of April: cold; May: cold; June: cold; July: somehow hot as hell. Back to y’all.”

–Saturday Night Live; cold open (April 10, 2021).

As a Minnesota native and long-time Twin Cities resident, I can attest to the “perpetually cold” weather forecast (our brief, yet hot-and-sticky Summers aside).

However, SNL gets two things wrong:

One. Far from being short, the weather segment can easily take up to 10-15 minutes of a 30-minute local newscast — more if the weather is threatening (blizzards, hailstorms, etc.).

It’s in places like San Diego where the weather forecasts are “blink-and-you-missed-it” quick (“tomorrow’s forecast is 70 degrees and sunny — just like yesterday, and the day before yesterday, and . . . “).

Two. The locals are known for saying things like “You betcha,” “Don’t-cha know,” and “pop” (instead of “soft drink” or “soda”).

However, I’ve never heard a real Minnesotan utter the word “Y’all.”

See also, “There’s No Place Like Home: Garrison Keillor’s Homage to the Twin Cities in National Geographic“; “Winter Humor: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay (& Elsewhere)”; “True Minnesotan” — Summer Edition“; and “After the Harvest, Before Winter*: The Connection Between Oct. 15 and November 3 (at least in Minnesota).”

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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