In a quirky moment I discovered two facts. Not only is Fargo a real place, the accents are real too.
You’ve seen Fargo, the movie. If you have, you’ve heard the “dough-cha-know” accents on screen. You know that it’s a real place and that some people might even sound like that. I was at Minneapolis/St. Paul last night waiting for my flight to Baltimore, and I realized something…
Fargo is real.
Sure as shit, there was a gate sign to my right stating — in blindingly bright green LEDs — that the flight destined for Fargo was on-time. Meanwhile, the flight destined for Bozeman was delayed. Where the hell is Boz… wait a second, “Fargo” is real? It was in a movie, right? It couldn’t possibly be real.
You hear of destinations like Las Vegas, San Francisco, Austin, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, all sorts of airports. Common tourist attractions and big cities typically are what you see and hear about. But Fargo never quite made the list, along with Bozeman. Although I don’t have any experience with Montanna — being one of the few states I’ve yet to visit — it was a bit surreal to see such foreign destinations displayed, thus confirming their existence.
As for the accents of Minnesota residents… most of them don’t have a discernable accent. Except for a few. You get the impression that they might commute in, or grown up slightly more to the northwest. No one identified me as hailing from the South, the East, or Baltimore. That’s pronounced Balmer, hun.
But Fargo is real. Still.