Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A well-known word describing someone from Upper Michigan has been officially recognized by an international dictionary.
An announcement was made yesterday in Escanaba that the word “yooper” will be included in upcoming editions of the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
The man behind the effort to get the word in the dictionary, Steve Parks, joined The SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to share his thoughts.
Parks talked about the letter writing campaign he spearheaded over the last decade.
Parks says the dictionary editors looked into the history and origin of the word and verified that it was more than just regional slang.
The dictionary will officially define “yooper” as a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the definition will appear in the 2014 edition of the international dictionary.