You may have seen it on bumper stickers of cars somewhere in the USA or Canada. Norwegians have been known to express themselves with "Uffda" in many situations, but you can't find it in the dictionary. Here are a few situations you might hear a Norwegian use the eclectic phrase, "Uffda!"
UFF DA IS:
trying to dance the polka to rock and roll music
eating at Inga and Lena's restaurant and finding out they only serve Mexican food
having Swedish meat balls at a lutefisk supper
finding out Ole and Svens is a pizza place in Grand Marais, MN
having more miles on your snowblower than your car
walking downstairs and then forgetting what you wanted
arriving late at a lutefisk supper and getting served minced ham
having to take your kids Trick or Treating in a blizzard.
trying to pour two buckets of manure into one bucket
having a mouse crawl up your leg when you're on a hayload
eating hot soup when you've got a runny nose
knowing somewere in the state of Minnesota is a piece of frozen metal
with a piece of your tongue still attached.
getting swished in the face with a cow's wet tail
waking yourself up in church with your own snoring
forgetting your mother-in-law's first name
having spent the last fifteen minutes getting your kid dressed to
play in the snow only to have him tell you that NOW he has to go
noticing non-Norwegians at a church dinner using lefse for a napkin
eating a delicious sandwich and then discovering the spread is cat food
sneezing so hard at the dinner table that your false teeth end up in the bread plate
having attended a formal affair in your best dress, finest jewelry,
wearing your Sorrels.