Uff da

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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[edit]

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.[citation needed] Uff da can often be used as an alternative for many common obscenities. [1]

Norwegian Usage[edit]

In Norwegian, uff or huff is an interjection used when something is unpleasant, uncomfortable, hurtful, annoying, sad, or irritating.[2] 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".[3]

List of cultural references[edit]

Sign in front of the Uff Da Shoppe in Westby, WI

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lein, Rob. "Vikings bumble in draft? Uff da". Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck, North Dakota. 
  2. ^ "Søk i Bokmåls- og Nynorskordboka". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ Haugen, Einar (1985). Norwegian English dictionary : a pronouncing and translating dictionary of modern Norwegian [Bokmål and Nynorsk], with a historical and grammatical introduction. University of Wisconsin. ISBN 0-299-03874-2. OCLC 810529510.
  4. ^ Writers, John Ewoldt; Lynn Underwood; Staff. "Dollars & sense; What's in store in Red Wing?". Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.). 
  5. ^ "Enderlin Independent: North Dakota". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  6. ^ Williams-Masson, Ellen (2006-03-15). "New Glarus Brew-haha on Tap". The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin). 
  7. ^ "2009FargoMarathonNewsletter012009". Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  8. ^ Panaracer Uff Da! 26 x 2.3 Urban Jumping Tire. Panaracer. 
  9. ^ "FAA Information about Uff-da Airport (2WI1)". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  10. ^ Williams, Beth. "Stoughton Group Wants Wal-mart Plan Reconsidered". Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI). 
  11. ^ About OOVVDA Winery (OOVVDA)
  12. ^ "OOf-da Tacos". 
  13. ^ "Uff Da Mud Run". Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  14. ^ "UUFDA intersection". Retrieved 2016-08-08. 

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