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How to Talk Minnesotan by Howard Mohr
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Jun 08, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Chris
Read in June, 2011

This isn't the sort of book to read straight through, but to dip into, and in parts it is laugh-out-loud funny. Like the chapter on emotional outbursts (there aren't any) and on using negatives to express positive feelings, like saying, "Not too bad," or "It could be worse" when someone asks how you are. This stoic style also applies to doctors and hospitals ("We pretend we aren't sick until our symptoms are unmistakable...anybody could diagnose us by the time most of us make an appointment. On the other hand, if we know what's wrong, why go to the doctor?" (p. 98). And the chapter on giving and accepting of gifts is dead on. So is asking directions and drawing maps. And the section on saying too much, and the one on conversational gambits ("The heat's not too bad if you move around").

In brief: the book wasn't too bad.
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