Michigander

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Etymology[edit]

First used in reference to Lewis Cass

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, in a speech of July 27, 1848, as pejorative reference to Lewis Cass, Michigan politician:[1]

There is one entire article of the sort I have not discussed yet; I mean the military tale you Democrats are now engaged in dovetailing onto the great Michigander.

Ostensibly coined as a blend of Michigan and gander (male goose, simpleton) (punning on “tale” and “(dove)tail(ing)”), later reanalyzed as Michigan + -d- (epenthetic) +‎ -er (resident of).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɪ.ʃə.ˌɡæn.dɚ]

Noun[edit]

Michigander (plural Michiganders)

  1. One who lives in or comes from Michigan.

Usage notes[edit]

Preferred but not universal endonym for residents of Michigan. A 2011 poll of Michigan residents found 58% preferred Michigander, 12% preferred Michiganian, 12% had no preference, and 11% did not like either term.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Michigan Today News. "Talking About Words". University of Michigan News Service. September 15, 2003.
  2. ^ Poll: 'Michiganders' embrace the label

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