And immediately thought- 'Did I just say Uff Da? Where did that come from? I never say that. But if I ever did it was 40 or more years ago.'
And, then, my sleep-sodden brain responded, 'If Sherlock Holmes or Professor Henry Higgins were not fictional characters, they'd immediately know you were a Minnesota Girl.'
This morning I looked Uff Da up in Wikipedia:
Uff da (sometimes also spelled huffda, uff-da, uffda, uff-dah, oofda, ufda, ufdah, oofta, uf daa, or ufta) is an expression of Norwegian origin adopted byScandinavian-Americans in the 19th century. It is an exclamation that is relatively common in the Upper Midwestern states of the United States.
Uff da is often used in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. For many, Uff da is an all-purpose expression with a variety of nuances, and covering a variety of situations.
So it turns out that Sherlock and Henry would only know that I was from the Upper Midwest or, possibly, Pacific Northwest. Unless they saw me roll my eyes and say 'fer sher.' Then they'd know - Minnesota all the way.