UPPER PENINSULA (WKZo) -- The distinctive nickname for a group of Michiganders is now immortalized in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The latest update to the online and collegiate editions of the dictionary includes the colorful word "yooper." The dictionary describes it as an abbreviated version of "Upper Peninsula of Michigan" used to identify people who live in the area. Merriam-Webster traces the word's earliest published use to a 1979 regional dictionary, though it was used by many in the Upper Peninsula for many years before that.
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