The Mitten: Lower Michigan is shaped like a mitten. If you ask someone where they are from and they point to a place on their hand, that is why! We use our hand as a map.
U-P: If you hear the word U.P. (You Pea) it means the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Thumb: A part of Michigan that looks like a thumb in the mitten. I grew up in the thumb.
Yooper: Someone who lives in the U.P.
Trolls: What Yoopers call those who live under the bridge, or in the lower peninsula.
The Bridge: Refers to the Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac: Pronounced Mack-i- naw!
Fudgies: Tourists are called this by Northern Michigan residents.
Party Store: It is a place that sells all things alcoholic.
Michigan Left: It is a U-turn when left turns are not permitted.
Pop/Soda: We drink pop and bake with soda.
Great Michigan Food Items:
- If you don't like the weather, just wait, it will change. Michigan has been known to be warm one day and snow the next. Hopefully, we won't have to worry about snow in May.
- We have a tendency to chop letters off words. Example: Grand Rapids=GranRapids
- We add 's' to words. Example: Meijer (a local grocery store)= Meijers
- We have two seasons: Winter and Construction!