yoo-per: noun \ ‘yu-(,)pər\: a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

At long last, the yooper will get some respect. For those of us from Michigan, we have fondly referred to our Upper Peninsula brethren as yoopers for eons. It just sounds better than UPer’s. BTW, they call us Lower Peninsula types “down-staters”.


“Yooper” will soon be defined by Merriam-Webster thanks to an Upper Peninsula man’s dogged efforts to prove its worthiness.

The term for Upper Peninsula residents will be included in the 2014 version of Merriam-Webster set to hit the shelves in April, said Gladstone resident Steve Parks, who began penning letters to the dictionary’s editors in 2002.

Thankfully, this issue is now settled. Now I can get back to looking for the missing airplane.