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Project by Dean posted 12-06-2008 06:23 AM 2167 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First project posting!

My dad passed away a few years ago, and most times when we visit mom I make something for her in dad’s old workshop. I usually just use what’s there as far as wood and materials go. Sometimes mom has a request, and sometimes the muse just takes me!

We are Norwegians from Minnesota, and the word “Uffda” carries a special place for us. Wikipedia does a pretty good job of describing it:

This was from a beat-up cedar plank, with spray-bomb black and clear finishes. It made my day to bring the sign into the house and hear mom laugh when she saw it over the door! Completed this summer.


-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#1 posted 12-06-2008 07:30 AM

Uffda is our city’s unofficial motto. Every Syttende Mai in Stoughton Wisconsin all the citizens are Norwegian, regardless of our heritage. I can imagine how you felt bringing cheer to your mom! Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 12-06-2008 07:42 AM

It’s the one word you won’t hear Norm say on his show!

-- Rick

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#3 posted 12-06-2008 01:34 PM

LOL you wont here it from Norm true. But now I have a new word in my vocabulary!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 12-06-2008 06:59 PM


Thanks! from a half Norwegian in Northern Minnesota.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 12-06-2008 08:06 PM

Boy, does this bring back memories. I spent 2 years in Minnesota about 20 years ago. I still use this word upon occasion, but it only gets blank stares here in Ohio.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 12-06-2008 10:31 PM

Uffda is a powerful word. Use it carefully. (A <mostly> Norwegian from Metro Minnesota)

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#7 posted 12-09-2008 08:48 AM

As a nativ Norwegian I can confirm the usage of the word “Uff da” or only “Uff” is very common in Norway.

From Wikipedia

Uff da in Norway
“Uff da” is still commonly used in contemporary Norwegian. It is usually written in the form “Uff, da” or “Uffda”. In Norwegian, uff is an interjection used when something is scary, uncomfortable, hurtful, annoying, sad or boring [1]. Uff da is most often used as a response when hearing something lamentable (but not too serious), and could often be translated as Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. The broader American usage would be baffling to most native Norwegian speakers.

-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 08:46 PM

I live in Iowa now and have for about 15 years. I still find myself saying uffda when I lift something heavy. Still haven’t lost the intelligent northern minnesota accent either. thank goodness.

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 09:30 PM

I don’t know if this is correct or not but, it was explained to me by a neighbor after a visit with some distant in-laws in Minnesota as follows.

It’s like when you lose your chewing gum in the chicken yard and you think you’ve found it for the third time.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#10 posted 05-28-2010 09:32 PM

Dick just enlightened me to UFFDAs meaning a couple days ago. a good sign well done


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#11 posted 07-18-2010 08:26 PM

Nice work! Ha det fint!

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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