U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Dakota > Fargo
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 04-08-2009, 11:56 PM
Location: MD
35 posts, read 208,808 times
Reputation: 23


Tan Sierra, Tan Sierra!!!! It's one of my favorite movies, I love the Coen brothers.

Anyhoo, I've always wondered if everyone talks like that in Fargo and surrounding areas? I realize some do but how many really, about 1/2 or not that much?

Just curious, not knocking anyone but I do think it's a little funny sounding, but I probably will sound funny to you too. I sort of have a mix Delaware/Philadelphia/Southern Maryland accent going on, if you can picture that!

Old 04-08-2009, 11:59 PM
1,016 posts, read 2,702,209 times
Reputation: 660
In Fargo itself, there's not much of an accent unless you're talking to transplants from other areas of the state. When I moved to Fargo from the middle of ND, I got a lot of grief for my accent. As far as how accurate the Coen bros were as far as accents, it's kind of hit-and-miss. I hear a lot of Wisconsin in some of the accents in that movie.
Old 04-09-2009, 11:11 AM
Location: AZ
1,046 posts, read 3,012,228 times
Reputation: 679
The dialect from the small farming towns of NE ND and NW MN sound just like the movie to me. Especially the older people that didn't grow up watching TV 6 hrs. a day.
Old 04-09-2009, 06:14 PM
56 posts, read 160,348 times
Reputation: 27
Yup. Roundballs got it right.
Old 04-09-2009, 08:25 PM
Location: Fargo
37 posts, read 138,789 times
Reputation: 25
Yea, you betcha.
Old 04-09-2009, 09:22 PM
Location: Bryn Mawr Minneapolis
74 posts, read 338,752 times
Reputation: 46
I was born and raised in Fargo, and people always ask me why I don't have the Fargo accent. I kindly answer them, "I don't know about dat der accent, funny you ask me dat den". Quite honestly, the only people I know who did were from outside Fargo, as Roundballs mentioned. Maybe they were from Teef River?
Old 04-10-2009, 10:35 AM
979 posts, read 3,349,464 times
Reputation: 597
ha ha... it seems a lot of the "Fargo" accent tends to be along the Canadian border also...I have relatives that live in the NW part of North Dakota...around Grenora, Crosby areas...if you go into a local cafe in those towns, you hear a lot of the "oh yaaaaa" and "you betcha". I think it has to do with the Norwegian ancestory.
Old 04-10-2009, 11:32 AM
Location: AZ
1,046 posts, read 3,012,228 times
Reputation: 679

The NW part of the state also shows a heavy Scandinavian influence(light green).
Old 04-10-2009, 12:42 PM
Location: Minot, ND
431 posts, read 1,450,036 times
Reputation: 180
North Dakota is one of the few states where a majority of the people do not have heavy accents. It's one of the favored states for telemarketing due to the lack of heavy accents. Can you imagine a Bostonian as a telemarketer?
Old 04-12-2009, 10:34 AM
Location: Lawton, OK
139 posts, read 413,368 times
Reputation: 137
I have lived in both MN and ND and I have to say that the stereotypes explored in the film "Fargo" are largely dead-on for parts of rural MN and eastern ND. I understand that everyone in the region doesn't speak like that, and I certainly wouldn't take the film as some sort of insult. I should be so lucky as to have grown up in an area where everyone was so nice. Take it from me, if you're not from the region it can all be a bit of a shock. However the film does exaggerate on some things, Lundegaard's wife is a bit over-the-top.

It's funny that folks are offended by the stereotypes in that film. I grew up in southwestern NC and I don't find "Deliverance" offensive. It's only an accent. What if we all spoke like Ben Stein? THAT would suck.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Dakota > Fargo
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top