Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 22 14:38:58 UTC 2000

Youpers (usually spelled that way, not "Yuper") have been so labelled for
generations before Detmer; no wonder the 49ers have been in decline with a
deep thinker like Mariucci in charge.  Hard to believe that he's from the
U.P. and never even heard the label before he began coaching Detmer in San
Francisco a few years ago.  Actually, the Youper dialect is quite
remarkable; there are tapes and CDs by a local group there called Da
Youpers that I play in Dialects class and have students try to identify the
substratum (it's not only "quasi-Canadian", whatever that means, but more
specifically Finnish, among no doubt other strains).


At 9:50 AM -0800 1/22/00, Bob Fitzke wrote:
>Doubt that Detmer coined the phrase. I'm a native Michiganian and have
>heard it
>at least since the early 50s.
>Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>> 11 January 1998, BERGEN RECORD (NJ), pg. S09--Steve Mariucci is a "Yuper,"
>> and proud of it, a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where everyone
>> talks with that quasi-Canadian inflection.  "Ty Detmer coined that phrase,"
>> said the former Green Bay quarterbacks coach about one of his former pupils.
>> "He said you can take the boy out of the UP but you can't take the Yuper out
>> of the boy."

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