Alrighty, when you live in Minnesota, you find that they talk a bit…differently than most places. I learned that very quickly after I moved here from Washington.
Now that it’s winter I hear talk of sledding and sliding. I bet you are thinking what I usually did when I first started hearing them talk about it.
Sledding here isn’t getting a child’s sled and going up and down a hill. Sledding in Minnesota refers to what people do when they ride on a snowmobile. Interesting, huh? I always thought it was called snowmobiling.
What do you think of when I say, “Do you want to go sliding?” Do you think of the shiny metal slide you burn your legs on in the middle of summer? Well, you’d be wrong. Sliding here in Minnesota refers to taking one of those plastic child’s sleds you go down a hill on. I always thought that was called “sledding”.
What is it with the people here in Minnesota? How do they say such different things than the rest of the US? Or is it just me? It seems so odd. I mean, it’s a sled. Why wouldn’t you use the verb form of the noun and call it sledding? Same with the snowmobile.
What do you do? Do you go sledding on a snowmobile or sliding on a sled? I’m really curious.