Card no 103 – Norma (Scrappy Grams) – Muncie, Indiana, USA

This came out of the blue from my blogging friend Scrappy Grams and was a very pleasant surprise.

According to the information on the back Indiana is called the Hoosier State.  I had to look this up:-

Hoosier is the official demonym for a resident of the U.S. state of Indiana. Although residents of most U.S. states typically adopt a derivative of the state name, e.g., “Indianan” or “Indianian”, natives of Indiana never use these derivatives. Indiana adopted the nickname “Hoosier State” more than 150 years ago.

The etymology of hoosier is unknown, but it has been used since at least 1830. According to Bill Bryson, there are many suggestions for the derivation of the word, but none is universally accepted. Jacob Piatt Dunn, longtime secretary of the Indiana Historical Society, noted that “hoosier” was frequently used in many parts of the South in the 19th century for woodsmen or rough hill people. He traced the word back to “hoozer,” from the Cumberland dialect of England. This derives from the Anglo-Saxon “hoo”, meaning high or hill. In Cumberland, “hoozer” meant anything unusually large, such as a hill. Immigrants from Cumberland settled in the southern mountains (Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland River, Cumberland Gap, etc.). Their descendants brought the name with them when they settled in the hills of southern Indiana.  But research published in 2007 by Jonathan Clark Smith of Hanover College offers a number of different conclusions and there is no certainty about any of them.

This card brings my total of state map postcards to eight.

This card arrived on 23rd June, travelled 3,778 miles and took 8 days.

 Total so far – 288,701 miles; 24 countries (including 9 US States).


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One Response to Card no 103 – Norma (Scrappy Grams) – Muncie, Indiana, USA

  1. Norma Ruttan says:

    You discovered background for our nickname of which I was unaware. What I’d heard had to do with a question beginning “Who’s yer” (dialect spelling). Guess we’ll never know.
    Why sheep is shown near my city of Muncie is also unknown to me. Farmers around here grow corn for feed, soybeans and winter wheat.

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