On _hoosier_ as an insult, etc.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 13 20:00:35 UTC 2012

HDAS 2 explains all (except the etymology of "hoosier").

And there *is* a difference: 'Indianan' is now neutral or affectionate.
'Rural doofus' is not.


On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com>
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> > 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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