On _hoosier_ as an insult, etc.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 13 19:25:08 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:
> On the two meanings of "hoosier," you may be making a distinction
> without a difference. Â  And I say that as an accidental Hoosier. Â  In
> the 1989 Sean Penn/Robert De Niro film "We're no Angels," the two are
> escaped convicts approaching a small town on the Canadian border
> somewhere in the Northwest, I think. Â They're going to impersonate
> priests and hide out in a monastery. Â Penn doesn't think it'll work
> and says to De Niro, "They'll think we're hoosiers." Â That meaning
> clearly goes beyond St. Louis and its county--at least to Hollywood.

Now that you've reminded me, I recall that very scene. Youneverknow. Good point!

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