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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Yooper is a form of North Central American English mostly spoken in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which gives the dialect its name (from "U.P." for Upper Peninsula). The dialect is also found in many northern areas of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and largely in Northeast Wisconsin.

Yooper differs from standard English primarily due to the linguistic background of settlers to the area. The majority of people living in the Upper Peninsula are of either Finnish, French Canadian, Flemish, Scandinavian, or German descent. Yooper is so massively influenced by these areas' languages that speakers from other areas may have difficulty understanding it. The Yooper dialect is also influenced by the Finnish language making it similar in character to the so-called "Rayncher speek" of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeast Minnesota.

Don't know what a Yooper is, eh?

Well, Michigan is made up of two "peninsulas" connected by the Mackinac Bridge: a Lower Peninsula that looks like a mitten and an Upper Peninsula that kinda resembles a hunchback jumping rabbit.

The Upper Peninsula is referred to as the U.P. Say it out loud: "U-P" or Yoop for short . A person from da U.P. (or Yoop) is a "Yooper,"

The Lower Peninsula is NOT called the L.P. Persons residing in the L.P are called "Trolls." They live under the bridge (south of the bridge actually but in OUR terms, dey live under da bridge!) Trolls are also referred to as fudgies for the copious amounts of Mackinac Island fudge that is consumed by tourists from below da bridge.

Some of you may be wondering about the Mackinac bridge that connects the Lower to the Upper. Obviously it wasn't always there so how did people from "below" get to da U.P, eh?

Before the Mackinac Bridge was constructed, travelers between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas had to cross the Straits via an an hour-long ferry ride. On busy weekends, like the start of hunting season or the Fourth of July holiday, carloads of anxious travelers would wait in line as long as 24 hours to catch a ferry.

Although the bridge was envisioned way back in the late 1800s, Sen. Prentiss M. Brown, Sr., the "Father of the Mackinac Bridge," was the key figure in the bridge construction project. Governor-elect G. Mennen (Soapie) Williams was another strong advocate for the bridge and helped to create the Mackinac Bridge Authority in 1950. The bridge designer was Dr. David B. Steinman and primary construction firms were Merrit-Chapman & Scott and the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel.

If you want to learn more about the Mighty Mac and see construction photos, you can find all of that info and PHOTOS online; just do a search.

Some of you know that there are the famous "YOU MIGHT BE A YOOPER IF's". I will include a few of my favorites here;

Your wife's Lady Remington is a 30-06.
Your snowmobile cost more than your kid's college education.
Your wife's night gown says Fred Bear Archery.
A trip to the islands means Mackinac
Your on a first name basis with the clerk at the Michigan unemployment office.
You install your snow tires in September.
You think that a Big Mac and a shake refers to the bridge on a windy day.
Only know Ted Nugent for his archery equipment.
Think the phrase "It's all down hill from here" is an advertisement for the local Ski Lodge.
Your telephone number has 3 digits...or less.
You saw a sign that said "Drink Canada Dry" and you've been trying ever since.
You think Canadian Club is the hockey team from Wawa, Ontario, EH?.
You can ice fish 9 months of the year.
You think the sign in every bar that says NO MINORS SERVED is ocupationally biased.
Your Jr. High School has a mandatory class titled Chainsaw Operation and Repair.
Your summer shirts are plaid wool (same as your winter shirts).
Your mosquito repellent doubles as your aftershave.

Well, there are more, but that is enough culture for one morning!

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite pictures hanging on our walls is of the Mackinac Bridge being constructed.

    Who doesn't love the "You Might Be A Yooper If". They are always great to read.


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