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You may have visited Northern Michigan and heard a local refer to a visitor as a "Fudgie." You may have thought, what on earth is that supposed to mean? Essentially, you are assumed to be visiting "Up North" and probably going to buy some fudge, as many tourists do. Thus, you are automatically referred to with the term of endearment known as the "Fudgie." The truth is, we have all types of things we say in Northern Michigan that are a little different than what you'd say in other parts of Michigan. You may have referred to people from the Upper Peninsula as "Yoopers" while they called you "Trolls." The Yooper is the person from the Upper Peninsula -- think the letter "u" and the second part of the word upper and you get the Yooper. The Mackinac Bridge connects the lower peninsula of Michigan to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Fairy tales and legends past have dictated that trolls live under bridges. Thus, anybody in the lower peninsula, or really anywhere below the upper peninsula, might be called a "Troll" as they live under (or below) the Mackinac Bridge. The list of Michigan lingo could go on, but let's leave it with this. You probably have said that you are going "Up North" before--literally meaning anywhere above a certain point in the state of Michigan. But what do you say when you are from or heading back from a northern part of Michigan to a lower part of Michigan? "Up North," we say we are going "Down State." Just a little lingo lesson. I'll make sure to provide some other lingo in another post. In the meantime, what are some of your favorite Michigan regional sayings? Please let me know; I'd love to feature it in a future post with credit to you!