Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hoosier--Michigander--Hoosier

In response to Shae's question, I was born in Mishawaka, Indiana and my family still lives in the South Bend area. (So, I must admit I always root for Notre Dame even though I'm not really into sports.) I grew up in southern Michigan and moved back to Indiana when I graduated from high school. My parents and two of my brothers still live about 3 miles from Michigan.

My husband also has a lot of family in Indiana but they are at the opposite side. They live in the southern part of the state, near New Albany and Louisville, Kentucky. Yet my husband and I met in Arizona. It sure is a small world.

Since trivia seems to pique your interest. I'll give a free file to the first person to leave a comment explaining why people from Indiana are called Hoosiers.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week-end. It has rained all day today here but that's okay. I'm busy working on what I hope will be exciting things for you for next month. You'll just have to stick around to find out what's coming down the pipe.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm a Kentucky girl, we were always told back in the day you were suppose to "announce" coming to someone's house. They person living there would say" Who's There?". Over the years it got changed into "Hoosier."

It will be interesting to read what others have been taught.

scrappinmama said...

Is this the answer you were looking for?
When approaching a man's home in those early frontier days, you shouted from afar, "Hello, the cabin!" to avoid being shot. The inhabitants would then shout back "Who'sh 'ere?" (who's there). As it got slurred together over time, the country folk came to be called Hoosiers.

DebbiB said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoosier
The way I have always heard it explained was the "Whose your Ma?" version - called out to find out if a stranger was related to one side or the other of a feud.
Blessings!
Deb

Lisa said...

Interesting. I always thought my Gramdpa was pullin my leg on this one. My DH looked it up last night, lots of crazy stories. I think I'll stick to Grandpa's, he was a story teller for sure! :)