What's A Hoosier?
|That's the question most asked by
Indiana visitors. No one seems to know exactly where the word "Hoosier"
(hoo-zhur) came from but there are plenty of stories on its origin-30 at last
count. Here are some of the more popular theories:|
Early pioneers used to answer knocks on their cabin door by saying "Who's
yere?" This greeting became the nickname for Indiana residents.
Indiana settlers were well known for their ability
to hush anyone who did not agree with them. This was generally done with fists
instead of with debates. The settlers were called "Hushers." With a
southern Indiana drawl, "Hushers" is pronounced like "Hoosiers."
Kentucky contractor Samuel Hoosier hired Indiana
workers to build the Portland canal at Louisville. These superior laborers
became known as "Hoosier's men" or Hoosiers and carried the nickname
back north with them. Unfortunately, no one has ever been able to prove the
existence of Mr. Hoosier.
Today the word is
used to denote an Indiana native or resident. Although the origin is uncertain,
one thing is clear about the word "Hoosier" and Hospitality they go
hand in hand.
Famous Hooisers With
Larry Bird, Former Coach of the Indiana
Letterman, late night talk show host
Jane Pauley, news anchor
Oscar Robinson, basketball great
Edmonds, Grammy-winning songwriter
James Whitcomb Riley, poet
Wilma Rudolph, Olympic
Vonnegut, Jr., novelist
Dan Wakefield, novelist
Michael Graves, architect