The word “yooper” will officially be recognized in the Merriam-Webster dictionary
We’ve been saying it for years, but soon the word “yooper” will officially be recognized in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an actual word.
(Yooper, for our non-Michigan friends reading this post, is a nickname of sorts for residents of our state’s Upper Peninsula.)
The entry follows more than a decade of efforts by Gladstone resident Steve Parks, who start[ed] writing the dictionary’s editors about “yooper” in 2002. Parks began the personal endeavor after a friend challenged his use of the word in a game of Scrabble.
Look for the new addition in the 2014 version of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which will be released next month.