Michigan-isms

UP- not a direction, rather a place, the “upper peninsula” as it is known to non-Michiganders

Yooper- A resident of the UP, from St. Ignace to Escanaba

Troll- A resident of the Lower Peninsula, so named because they are geographically located below the bridge.

Fudgesucker- A tourist to Michigan. The name comes from the Mackinac Island Fudge which is a large tourist attraction.

Kazoo- shortened version of “Kalamazoo”

Ypsi- Ypsilanti

The Soo- Sault Ste. Marie

The D- Detroit

The Bridge (The Mighty Mack)- The Mackinac Bridge. This is included in this list because it is an iconic piece of Michigan which appears on the state License plate and is a symbol of the brotherhood shared between the peninsulas.

Up North- northern section of the Lower Peninsula and all of the Upper.

The Mitten- Common synonym for the lower peninsula of Michigan

The Thumb- Commonly refers to eastern Peninsula of the mitten that resembles a thumb between Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron

The Superior State- fictional name of the Upper Peninsula should it break off of Michigan and become it’s own state.

Wolverine- State mascot and a common term labeling a Michigander. Michiganders have been called Wolverines since the early 19th century.

Pastie- A pastry consisting of meat, rutabagas, onions, lard, and other assorted meats and vegetables. Very common in the UP, it was brought by Finnish immigrants who largely settled the UP. 

The Wings- The Detroit Red Wings, Michigan’s only NHL team.