The Minnesota “Hunch”

minnesota-hunchWhen I saw this the other day it totally made me laugh.  Did you now that we Minnesotans have our own walk?  It’s called the Minnesota “Hunch.”  Here is the story on it!

I do have to admit to doing the Hunch.  I just never realized it had a name.  When you try and tuck your head into your jacket. Kind of like a turtle trying to shove his head half way into his shell. Hhmmmm…Yep, I do it all the time.

But I also hear that we also have the Minnesota “Shuffle.”  I thought only the Chicago Bears had a special “shuffle.”  I put this here just for you Laura!!!



The Minnesota “shuffle” is the graceful way we shuffle over the ice. I had a good laugh when this was on the news.  I knew we had our own talk, ya you betcha but we have our own walk too 😉  There is nothing like hunching and shuffling and getting your nostril hairs frozen together. 



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31 Responses to The Minnesota “Hunch”

  1. javajunkee says:

    LOL you see that in Iowa too…but we are looking for money on the ground!

  2. nikki says:

    This is too funny!!! I never really thought about it but everyone here does it. Hands in the pockets, face down and try to stay as warm as possible! Too funny that there is a “name” for it!!!!!

  3. javajunkee says:

    🙂 hey I’m not too proud to admit it

  4. Doraz says:

    Your own talk, huh? That would be a kick to get in on! How is it different??? Give me an example, just wondering! LOL

  5. Sue says:

    I think anyone who lives anyplace cold does the hunch and shuffle!

  6. pammy says:

    Thats how I walk to work on a cold day.I am in southern Manitoba.We are not that far away.Hey.We pretty much have the same kind of weather.But if we get too much snow and the states melted stuff is alot,and it moves on down to us,we get a flood warning.Talking about it again this year.In 1997 we were all evacuated from our town.Dont want that 😦

  7. Laura (LS) says:

    DANG!!! It’s a good thing those boys could play football. ‘Cause they’re AWFUL dancers. Except Payton, of course. There’s a reason we called him “Sweetness”… We won’t even *discuss* that first saxophone solo. His hands were in the wrong place!!!! (the LEFT hand goes on the top)

    Thanks, Joy. This totally made my day.

    As for the “Minnesota/Iowa/Chicago/Anywhere cold Shuffle”? I don’t do it in the cold and snow. I do it when it’s cold and rainy and just plain yuk outside. But then I’m one of those weirdos who really loves the snow!

  8. cowgalutah says:

    I was going to tell you that we do that here in Utah too, we got another 8 inches of snow last night…but then I saw your weather forcast on your sidebar and it changed my mind. We are at 27 degrees now but the humidity is much, much lower…I feel for ya.

  9. mssc54 says:

    We here in on the coast of South Carolina have our own walk too.

    It’s difficult to explain but imagine the temperature is 97 and the humidity is 86 percent. Now walk like you have moss growing in your shorts. That’s it.

  10. starlaschat says:

    I know just what your talking about. In Montana we have the shuffle. At Christmas time I worked as a Salvation Army bell ring. It was so cold a women came up to me and said she thought I was a headless bell ringer. I was tucking my head into my big orange coat. Do you really need to see a head to give to the red kettle? That was just that day it was in the 20’s.

  11. Gary says:

    ROFL!! We do the “hunch” and “shuffle” here in Illinois also!! 😀

  12. natalie says:

    we just do the ‘mobster shuffle’ out here in jersey.

  13. Doraz says:

    Git it , Joy! I loved Fargo!!!! LOL

  14. nikki says:

    Is it just my computer or what?? I have NO picture under the one you put for Laura…the Bears shuffle. It’s just blank…so is it my computer or what?? Does everyone else see it??

    • Joy says:

      Nikki, it’s a You Tube video and your browser just isn’t letting you see it. Safari does that to me sometimes. You have firefox so you should see it.

  15. tessa says:

    Sue-we do talk like that! That is exaggerated, but if you travel- everyone will tell a Minnesotan that they have a strong accent. Many people I meet know immediately I am from Minnesota or the midwest! My dentist did the other day! We have a strong accent. We accentuate the vOWels.

    I HATE Fargo though!!

    I like this Joy! So true 🙂 It’s amazing the difference I notice living away from Minnesota. Our accent, walk, talk, style is different than others! We are unique 😉

    • Sue says:

      Yes, we have an accent to others, but those out West, East, and down South have one too! Fargo is way exaggerated was my point! Unless you’re 80+ years old today, we don’t talk like that!

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