For those Michiganders preparing to travel in Michigan during this holiday week, following are some terms with which you should familiarize yourself in case you have not heard them previously:
Yooper: A person who lives in the U.P. or Upper Peninsula.
Troll: A person who lives in lower Michigan or below the Mackinac Bridge.
Fudgies: People who live anywhere in Michigan other than Mackinaw Island and travel to the island to buy fudge.
313ers: An obsolete term for people who live in lower Michigan and travel north of the 45th parallel.
Down-staters: The term that has replaced 313ers now that there are so many more area codes in lower Michigan.
Trooper: A Troll that has relocated to the U.P. (from troll+yooper).
Trunk Slammers: Visitors to the U.P. from the Lower Peninsula.