Uff da (sometimes also spelled huffda, uff-da, uffda, uff-dah, oofda, ufda, ufdah, oofta, or uf daa) is an exclamation or interjection expressing bafflement, surprise, or dismay. Of Norwegian origin, the phrase was adopted by Scandinavian Americans in the Upper Midwest region of the United States during the 19th century. The Swedish exclamation usch då is similar in meaning and usage.
North American usage
Uff da can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. Within Scandinavian-American culture, Uff da frequently translates to: "I am overwhelmed". The phrase has become a marker of Scandinavian heritage, particularly for people from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Minnesota, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Northwestern Washington. Uff da can often be used as an alternative for many common obscenities. 
In Norwegian, uff or huff is an interjection used when something is unpleasant, uncomfortable, hurtful, annoying, sad, or irritating. 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".
List of cultural references
- The Uff Da Shoppe in Westby, Wisconsin, a town with a strong Norwegian heritage.
- The Uffda Shop in Red Wing, Minnesota, selling various Scandinavian and Minnesotan souvenirs, craft, gifts, and folk art.
- The Uff da Mountain Boys is a band from the Fergus Falls, Minnesota, area, playing Scandinavian and bluegrass music.
- New Glarus Brewing Company markets a brand of beer called Uff-da Bock.
- The logo of the Fargo Marathon includes the phrase 26.2 miles ... Uffda!
- Panaracer, a Bicycle tire maker, has a tire type called Uff Da!. It is intended for urban Dirt Jumping use.
- Uff Da Airport (2WI1) is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
- A citizens' group called Uff-Da Wal-Mart campaigned against the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
- There is an OOVVDA Winery in Springfield, MO, that is a homonym for Uff da and is also an acronym - opened in 2005.
- Uff-Da Tacos is a food stand based in the St. Paul exurb of Stillwater that travels to county fairs and other events across the Midwest.
- The Uff Da Mud Run is an athletic event in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
- Uffda Chips are made from lefse in Rushford, MN, by Norseland Kitchens.
- UFFDA intersection is an aviation waypoint about 8 miles west of Marshall, Minnesota
- Lein, Rob. "Vikings bumble in draft? Uff da". Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck, North Dakota.
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- "2009FargoMarathonNewsletter012009". Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
- Panaracer Uff Da! 26 x 2.3 Urban Jumping Tire. Panaracer.
- "FAA Information about Uff-da Airport (2WI1)". Retrieved 2009-09-19.
- Williams, Beth. "Stoughton Group Wants Wal-mart Plan Reconsidered". Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI).
- About OOVVDA Winery (OOVVDA)
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- "UUFDA intersection". Retrieved 2016-08-08.
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- Mohr, Howard (1987) How to talk Minnesotan : a visitor's guide (New York, NY: Penguin Books) ISBN 978-0143122692
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