Uff da is often used in the 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. The expression has lost its original connotation, and it is increasingly difficult to specify in exact terms what it means in any given usage. Within Scandinavian-American culture, Uff da frequently translates into: “I am overwhelmed.” It has become a mark of Scandinavian roots, particularly for people from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin northern Illinois, Minnesota and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Uff da can often be used as an alternative for many common obscenities.
With beer in hand, there was absolutely no stress involved in walking this %$#*&$# path in New Glarus, WI. Thought you should know.