Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 14:00:44 -0500 From: Mark Mandel Subject: "Hoosier" This appeared in LINGUIST List 8-1423. Now, while I know we've discussed this question here fairly recently, I don't remember what was said, or even when (so that I could download the archive for that month). Anyone care to advise or enlighten this individual? (Please reply to them, not to me.) ----------------- Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 21:30:04 -0400 (EDT) From: TLTBosse Subject: Hoosier As a native Hoosier, I've often wondered about the true origin of the word. The most realistic, although unverifiable, explanation I've heard is as follows: In the early 19th century, a mill located in Southern Indiana was owned by a man whose last name was, or sounded like "Hoosier". The employees of the mill owner were known as "Hoosier's men", and as they all lived and worked north of the Ohio River, the label "Hoosier" began to be applied to all Americans living in what would eventually become the state of Indiana.