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11-26-2012, 05:50 PM #12
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From the Indiana State University reference man Jeff Graf:

Like barnacles, a thick crust of speculation has gathered over the word "Hoosier" to explain the origin of Indiana's nickname. Popular theories, diligently and often sincerely advanced, form a rich, often amusing body of folklore. Those theories include: "Who's here?" as a question to unknown visitors or to the inhabitants of a country cabin; Hussar, from the fiery European mounted troops; "Huzzah!" proclaimed after victory in a fight; Husher, a brawny man, capable of stilling opponents; Hoosa, an Indian word for corn; Hoose, an English term for a disease of cattle which gives the animals a wild sort of look; and the evergreen "Who's ear?" asked while toeing a torn-off ear lying on the bar room floor the morning after a brawl.

The best evidence, however, suggests that "Hoosier" was a term of contempt and opprobrium common in the upland South and used to denote a rustic, a bumpkin, a countryman, a roughneck, a hick or an awkward, uncouth or unskilled fellow. Although the word's derogatory meaning has faded, it can still be heard in its original sense, albeit less frequently than its cousins "Cracker" and "Redneck."
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So there you have it... Hoosier is a derogatory term! I never knew that until I looked it up!

Yoopers are people that live in the U.P. (didn't I just explain this?). The U.P. is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And yes they talk kind of like the canooks from just north of them, and canooks from different parts of Canada talk differently.

the first time I went to the U.P. I swore the people I met were joking, putting me on... There's no WAY they could actually talk like this I thought.... But they do!

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