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n. Michigan & Northern Wisconsin
A native or inhabitant of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

[From UP.]
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For example, Yoopers might say "let's go mall" or "I'm going post office." That feature is a direct result of language transfer from the Finnish language, since Finnish does not use "to" as a separate preposition before a noun like English does.
I heard from Yinzers and Yoopers, Bay Staters and Cheeseheads, and many others.
Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, "Henny & Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure" combines all the fun elements of a kid-centered tall tale with the fantastic shenanigans of Yoopers, or denizens of the Far North.
Using an ethnographic approach, the author explores how relationships of identity, language, and place emerged since the early 20th century to shape the idea, language, and regional identity of Yoopers (MichiganAEs Upper Peninsula, or UP, dwellers), including the effects of sociocultural processes like immigration, tourism, and media representations, as well as social practices like identity, literacy, and language attitudes.
from his maps is reflective of his views of us Yoopers?"
"Yoopers" have made multiple attempts to secede from Michigan
The residents of the area, referred to as the "land of the Yoopers," consist heavily of Native Americans, most of them living in the reservations in that part of the country.
Those who call the UP home (nicknamed "Yoopers") are spoiled with fresh water, fresh air, wilderness, wildlife and space.
To read these strange signs and decipher the trail they lead down, Service must enlist the help of a wild cast of friends, colleagues and informers, many native Yoopers with ways and logic all their own.
First, citizens of the Upper Peninsula are known as "Yoopers," a transliterative by-product of "U.P.," as this underpopulated and fearsomely bleak stretch of land is known.
"Yooper" is a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is used as a nickname.