Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
*Wiz-CON-sin: The correct pronunciation of Wisconsin (WI), a state in the northern part of the U. S. Midwest.
It’s time for some comic relief, here, which is good for ALL the immunities: physical, mental, emotional, social, political, spiritual, relationship-al, quarantine-al, and/or just for some refreshing fun while you are NOT feeling so refreshed dealing with the virus crisis, social-distancing, finding more storage for toilet paper, homeschooling kids (and as the homeschooling parents), re-runs especially sports re-runs, and so on.
But grins, giggles, and guffaws are good every day, if not several times therein. At least that’s my staunch belief because I love humor and, back again to these particularly worrisome days, well, you’ve no doubt heard the expression, “laughter is the best medicine.”
Seriously, here’s a good feature from the Mayo Clinic on the multiple benefits of humor, including as a stress reliever.
I am inspired today to post the short video, embedded below, from YouTube channel “Manitowoc Minute” created and hosted by comedian Charlie Berens featuring the culture, accent (especially the accent), drinking preferences, sports preferences, food preferences, ice fishing, Green Bay Packers, etc., notable in his home state, WI, where I also lived for six years in the 1970s. I lived my first 12 years as a “Yooper”** in the nearby Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well, which has a very similar culture and accent but with just a skōsh more Canadian influence.
**Yooper: a mashup of Upper Peninsula, or the U.P., the residents therein called U-pers, as officially spelled, Yoopers. (This definition will come in handy later).
Although most of my life has been lived on the West Coast of the States, and my American accent morphed into the (boring), so-called “broadcast standard English” (hear it here, especially if you are having a hard time falling asleep), the Midwest accent is still near and dear to my heart–and my funny bone.
Now, if my mother were still alive, I’d say “Shhhh, don’t tell her that,” and/or don’t tell all those nuns who worked their English lessons to the bone to get us to “Tone it down!!!!” (loudness is also an essential element of the accent, and as regarding a nun tryng hard to drive a point home, the exclamation marks are essential, too).
For your entertainment–and to boost all the immunities–here is Berens’ help with translations. But I betcha that no matter where you live in the world you’ll find some local humor regarding your own accent and/or culture to enjoy as well. In fact, share some examples if you like, from your necka-da-woods in the comment section, below.
And, as Berens’ dad, a doctor, always says, “Keep ‘er movin‘”. (Laughter, especially the sustained, “gut-rockin’ belly-bustin’ kind,” is good for THAT, too).