DA YOOPERS GLOSSARY
Affected Time Zone Disorder
This is a problem suffered by
those Yoopers who live on the Central/Eastern time zone line in the
southwestern section of da Upper Peninsula. Four counties in da U.P.,
Menominee, Dickinson, Iron and Gogebic, operate in the Central Time Zone.
Those who live in this area are often heard to say, "Is that my time or
A person from the Lower Peninsula. Usually a
hunter who likes to hunt in da U.P.
That yellow stuff in diapers.
Da Yoopers favorite drink.
Big Bad John
Sixty foot statue of a miner that welcomes you
to the Iron Mountain iron mine tourist attraction in Vulcan, Michigan.
It's not in your drink! It's the kind of ice you
don't know is on the road until your car starts to go out of control!
Nickname given to the student newspaper
"Northwind" at Northern Michigan University.
Canadians (name most often heard in Sault Ste. Marie "Da
A native of the neighboring state of Wisconsin.
A deer skin mitten with a wool mitten insert. What
Yoopers wear to keep their hands warm. Choppers are also part of Yooper
active wear that include a Chuke and a pair of Swampers.
What the Trolls call a stocking cap. A knitted hat
usually with a tassel and usually hand knit by your grandmother.
Pronounced "Chook, Sounds like book" or "Chuke, Sounds like puke." (see
4WD Low gear in a four-by-four; used for
inching or crawling along in treacherous terrain.
A hamburger-like sandwich with a spicier meat,
mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Da NFL team Da Yoopers hate the most!
Where male Yoopers go each Fall - Hunting Camp; usually means deer camp
Da Doo Wop Malt Shop
Da ultimate place to go for 50's style
malts, sodas and ice cream treats. Enjoy 50's style decor and juke box.
Located at the top of the hill in Norway, MI. Turn right at the top of
Norway Hill and follow signs.
The Locks system in the St. Mary's River in Da Soo. Very beneficial maritime navigational aid for shipping, and a source of confusion for Fudgies (Why are
the Locks built here? Why weren't they built someplace where more people
could see them, like Detroit or Chicago?)
Another nickname Yoopers have for da Lower
Da NFL team dat da Yoopers love da most!
Sault Ste. Marie, Yooperland. Right
across the border from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Great White North.
Da Yooper Bowl
This football game was played for the
first time, this fall (1996), in California. It featured Steve Mariucci's
California Golden Bears against John Ralston and San Jose State. (Mariucci
is a native of Iron Mountain. Ralston is a native of Norway, Michigan.)
Not only means the inhabitants of Michigan's UP, but also the name of one of the most popular bands in da U.P.
The organization most responsible for the extinction of
native brook trout in Yooperland. Also known as the Department of No Results.
To go smelt dipping. Especially on the first weekend of the smelt running at the Days River outside Gladstone
Dreaded Dash of Death, The
When you try to cross US 41 by
the Yoopers Tourist Trap and not get killed by a boss beer truck.
Iron ore carrier, steaming out of Duluth,
that sank 15 miles off of Whitefish Point with all 29 hands on 10 November
1975 during a hurricane-force gale on Lake Superior. Also the inspiration
for Gordon Lightfoot's tribute, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
A word that ends practically every sentence in the U.P.
(example: "Say ya to da U.P., Eh!").
Half of famous Finnish duo Toivo and Eino. Many, many
yooper jokes feature Toivo and Eino!
The official language of Da U.P. Examples- Dese,
Dem Dose, and De Udders (and De Udders ain't on De Cow!)
A person from the lower peninsula (see also
"Loper" and "Troll").
Nickname of Kingsford high school sports teams. It
comes from the name given to a Model A Ford that was produced in Kingsford
in the 1920's.
Affectionate term for tourists (usually Trolls) who buy massive amounts of homemade fudge while on Mackinac Island and at Da Locks in Da Soo.
Gaas (as spoken in Crystal Falls)
Da stuff dat makes cars
and lawn mowers go.
Give 'er tarpaper
To work feverishly, something Yoopers
are famous for.
Going Shop-ko (or Co-op)
Yooper phrase meaning "Going to the
What Trolls call the Lower Peninsula.
Great White North
Head 'er For Sagola
Let's paint the town red!
In Yooperland mythology, the god of snow.
Nickname of Ishpeming high school sports teams.
Comes from a type of iron ore mined in the Ishpeming area.
Not used to describe a clergyman, but rather as
the ultimate Yooper exclamation. Used when a mere "Holy Whaa" doesn't
suffice. The A-bomb of Yooper exclamations.
Yooper expletive meaning, roughly "Holy
Quart of beer you drink while sittin' on da porch and
listenin' to da Tigers.
"He's spending Saturday night without a date!"
The historical old-fashioned hat with ear flaps and
a flannel lining worn by loggers and miners in photos from the U.P.
boom years. Made by the Kromer company in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and still
sold in select fashion emporiums in the U.P. A favorite of Yooper
Mecca for Yooper football fans. Located in
Green Bay, Wisconsin. Home of the 1995 Central Division champion Green Bay
Packers! Yoopers have been known to bow toward this structure three times
Native of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan (see also
"Troll" and "Flatlander").
The Mining Urinal
Nickname given to the Marquette County
newspaper The Mining Journal
Nickname of Gwinn high school sports teams.
Motor City Madman
God's area code (the area code for all of
Tiny gnats capable of driving strong men
Anything sout' of da Bridge.
ridin'-snow suit wearing-Skoal chewing-Green Bay Packer fanatics.
Finnish (or Cornish, depending on who you want to
believe!) meat pie made with onions beef and potatos. Many variations on
the basic recipe have been created. Some include rutabaga and cayanne
pepper. The pasty was introduced to the U.P. by immigrants in the 1880's.
Best to buy those that are made in da U.P. Those made elsewhere don't taste
nearly as good. If it's made below the Mackinac bridge, don't buy it unless
a certified Yooper has prepared it!
Pine Mountain Ski Jump
One of the world's best 90 meter
free standing ski jumps. Since 1939, has held annual ski jumping
tournament. In 1996 held World Cup ski jump event. First one in United
States since 1990. Masahiko Harada of Japan set a new hill record with a
jump of 459 feet, a jump that also tied the North American Ski Jumping
record. Pine Mountain Resort is also a great place for recreational downhill
and cross country skiing. Located in Iron Mountain.
Stands for "pretty near" as in: There were pre'ner
tirty bucks out by da camp! Or, We're pre'ner Felch now.
The native U.P. porcupine.
Money or other medium of exchange.
A small community in Da U.P. Also means to drink too
much and toss your cookies!
Running amuck. Out for a road trip or a day of
heavy duty shopping!
Public bathroom near the highway. (rare in
Delicacy enjoyed by diehard Yoopers. Actually
it's the flattened rabbit (or other varmint) you find on the highway who
just missed making it across US 2 with the rest of his bunny friends. The
more vehicles that have run over it, the better! After peeling off the
road let dry on the front porch or in the back of your pickup truck.
When dry, sail it through the air like a frisbee.
The "Seney Stretch" is an approximately 18
mile stretch of M-28 from Seney to Shingleton. This stretch is a straight
line run along the northern boundary of the Seney Wildlife Refuge. There
are lots and lots of trees here, but not much else. The only notable road
that intersects it (in my memory) is the Crieghton Truck Trail. This is
nothing but a rut road in the finest tradition.
Side By Each
Standing next to each other. As in, "Der dey
were; towsands of deer standing in da field side by each!"
The quality possessed by Yoopers which enables them to
endure and even enjoy Yooperland winters.
A large native insect known to suck small animals
dry. Rumored to be Yooperland's 'state' bird. Distant cousin to the
domesticated mosquito found in other areas.
It's the kind of beer that, after you have
opened one and taken a sip, you realize why it was on sale for $2.99 a case!
It can also make you wonder how they got the skunks to stand still and pee
in the bottles!
Rabbit droppings, in Yooperland legend said to
Fishing for smelt. Dip nets are often used. The
Days River near Gladstone is a good place to go smelt'n
Moose (or mother-in-law).
Snow Tank (also Snow Boat)
A big old rusty car, preferably
a large Dodge, Chevy or Plymouth from the 1960's 70's or early 80's with at
least 140,000 miles on it that gets about 7 miles to the gallon. When a
snow storm and bad roads shut down other cars, these cars will get you to
your destination. Radio, heater and windshield wipers optional. Also looks
better if you have a coat hanger for an antenna and are missing at least one
If a Yooper is caught wearing an extremely white
pair of socks he is said to be sporting a pair of Sparklers!
Those four legged critters with white tails and
antlers that run in front of your car and freeze in the headlights. Best
served as sausage or smoked jerky.
Stop and Go
What a traffic light is called in the U.P.
Another term (old 1940's) for a
The longest running Finnish-American television
show in America. Hosted by Carl Pellonpaa, it airs on WLUC-TV 6, on Sunday
mornings. Suomi Kutsu is Finnish for "Finland Calling."
Rubber boots worn by Yoopers in the spring during
the muddy season. (Not a winter boot.)
Rock and roll legend and wildlife guru to
Yoopers. Believes in the spirit of the wild and the preservation of
wilderness paradises like the upper peninsula. Also goes by the names:
Whackmaster, Uncle Ted, like most Yoopers, Ted won't back down and won't
take crap from anybody!!! One of the few downstaters that has been adopted
into the great white north Yooper society! His album "Spirit of the Wild"
and songs like "Fred Bear" epitomize the feelings of those who are
fortunate enough to live in the U.P.
People from Detroit or Ohio who visit the UP
Yooper mental process, usually done with the aid of
a cigarette and a cup of coffee (or a beer).
Tip Up Town
Once winter sets in and the ice thickens on the
U.P.'s many lakes ice fishing shanties start to appear on the lakes creating
tip up towns. A "tip up" is a small fishing pole used for ice fishing.
The other half of "Eino and Toivo". These Finnish
names come up in many a Yooper joke!
Pronounced:Chouk. A winter hat worn by a Yooper,
similar to a stocking cap (see also Chuke).
Yooper party where everyone brings a bottle of
booze and pours it into a trash can for all to share. A brand new trash can
is recommended but not always used!
The number after one and two. Used mainly by older
No cup of coffee or tea is complete without a
piece of Trenary toast to dunk into it. It's a hard cinnamon toast that
people are willing to drive miles and miles for.
Refers to a native of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan
(see also Loper and Flatlander).
Comes after first and second. Used mainly by older
TV 6 WLUC
For people without cable, it's the link to the
outside world! Over the years people have referred to it as "With Luck U C
Someone who is constantly running between home and
#1 cause of heartburn and ulcers among
Dee-troit Lions fans in da U.P.! As of December 27, used in the past tense!
An exclamation used only by Yoopers. used in place of
Where's the flood???
Translation: "Your pant legs could be
lowered a few inches!"
Yooper phrase meaning "Do you agree?"
You've got to be kidding me! I don't believe
The territory north of the Mackinac Bridge.
Yooper phrase meaning, "Yes, without a
You guys. Often used to refer to more than one
person, i.e. "Are youse guys going smelt'n tonight?"