Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 14:17:51 EDT From: Michael Montgomery Subject: Etymology of _Hoosier_ Mitford Mathews cracked this etymological nut on page 830 of his _Dictionary of Americanisms_, wherein he indicates its most probable source as _hoozer, "very large" in the dialect of Cumberland, northern England. DARE attests the term quite widely and early outside Indiana. Indeed, until the mid-20th century, mountaineers in Tennessee and North Carolina were called _hoosiers_. How the term has come to be associated with Indianans is a more recent but intriguing story. Michael Montgomery Dept of English Univ of South Carolina Columbia SC 29208