[ it takes a thought to make a word ]

I’m calling out all my fellow English nerds and residents of Minnesota. If you fall into either of those categories, your two cents may be required on this post.

Have you ever noticed how some Minnesotans just leave words off at the end of their sentences? Especially pronouns. It’s like they just decide they’re tired of talking. It irritates me. And what irritates me most is that I can never seem to discern which of us is mistaken in our understanding of the English language.

Example:

This was posted in the women’s restroom of Kids With Abilities in Shoreview. Really? Are you really confident enough in your pronoun dropping to print it out, laminate it, and post it on the wall?

Can anyone solve this grammatical conundrum?

Music: Jason Mraz – “Life is Wonderful”

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6 thoughts on “[ it takes a thought to make a word ]

  1. I am only a Minnesotan by the extended family I have there and the fact that both my parents were from Minnesota. Recently a doctor at work who did his residency at Mayo asked me one night if I was from Minnesota. I asked why and he said it is because he hears me say “come with” or “go with” but don’t use the pronouns! Cracked me up because I never noticed this until he asked. So I suppose this is what you are referring to. sounds perfectly normal to me :)

  2. Miss Katie, you are so very brave to continue to endure this strange land you have been called to. I hate to break it to you but the dangling preposition is just a main stay of speaking Minnesotan. The ‘come with’ and ‘go with’ congegations are the most common. If it’s clear (or fairly clear) what that final word (pronoun) would be, it’s perfectly fine to leave it off.

    I suggest you ask someone who actually speaks Norwegian or Swedish if it’s a product of direct translation. I know that a ton of strange Kenyan English is due to directly translating from Swahili. And I could write pages about that. :) Bless you!

  3. “I don’t ever do that [thing].”
    This one is dropping something, is it a pronoun?

    “What are you thinking of?”
    people get upset when you end sentences like this.

    “Please wrap up diapers before disposing.”
    This sounds acceptable, but still is a sentence fragment.

    I’ve never noticed this phenomenon. And I’ve lived in MN as long as I can remember. And I love language.

  4. Also, in Ohio, many people do not conjugate their verbs, particularly the verb “to be.” Here are some examples:

    The lawn needs mowed.
    The car needs washed.

    ….The lawn needs TO BE MOWED! *tears hair out*

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