Roger Mills wrote: > > Ph.D. wrote: > > > I live in southern Michigan where I grew up (I'm forty-nine), but I > > went to college at Michigan Technological University which is in > > the far northwest of the upper peninsula. There is definitely a > > difference in spoken English between the two peninsulas. > > The usual joke is that UPers say "eh" a lot, like Canadians. The > interesting differences are (or were?) that the ethnic make-up was large > Cornish (copper miners) and Finnish (I don't know what they did). The > Cornish have contributed pasties (meat pies) to our local culture, the > Finns, "Sisu" bumper stickers. The little Keewenaw (sp?) peninsula, not > far from Mich.Tech., was a source of native as well as (later) mined copper; > and when I was there almost 40yrs ago it looked rather moonscape-y with > abandoned mines and slag heaps. IIRC geologically it has some of the oldest > rocks on the surface of the earth. Until the 1970s, there was a Finnish-language newspaper in the Keweenaw peninsula. I don't know why, but during the great mining years of the late nineteenth century, there were many Italians. They even served us pasties in the dormitory cafeteria. > > 1. Yes, that's the way it's pronounced around here, too, but those > > who live more than twenty-fives miles away tend to pronounce it > > as if it were spelled Yipsilani. It's often referred to simply as Ypsi > > (or Yipsi in some cases). > > > Right; or else Ypsitucky, which is snobby and not nice. Note that Milan, > despite appearances, is pronounced ['majl@n], conversely nearby Saline is > [s@'li:n]. Right. I live in the village of Clinton, twelve miles west of Saline. I can always tell a non-native because they pronounce Saline with the usual English pronunciation of saline. --Ph. D.