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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool From Illinois & Michigan

    Hi,

    How do you call an inhabitant of Illinois? Illinoier?? Illinoian?
    What about Michigan? Michiganer? Laker??

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    Question Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Not being from the US, I only think that a Wolverine comes from Michigan. I may be wrong about that. From Illinois? Sorry, don't know. However, I'd be interested in the right answer.

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    Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Michigander or Michiganian is the State's term for a person from Michigan.

    "Wolverine" is the team name and describes someone who attends(ed) University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

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    Question Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Thank you Susie. Any idea on someone from Illinois?

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    Cool Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Thank you all. What about Illinois? Al Caponian? O'Harian?

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    Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Folks from Illinois call themselves "Illinoisians."

    I was born and raised in Michigan, and we were also called "Michiganders." Then sometime in the 1980s some of the local press decided that "Michiganian" sounded better (the "gander" in Michigander made us sound like geese, they said) and started using that word in print. Today you'll find the state's residents to be somewhat divided on the issue of what to call themselves. (I'll always be a Michigander, though.)

    Note: When pronouncing the state of Illinois, the final "s" is silent - it sounds like "Ill-eh-NOY." When saying "Illinoisian," though, the "s" is pronounced (Ill-eh-NOYZ-eean).

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    Cool Re: From Illinois & Michigan

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Folks from Illinois call themselves "Illinoisians."

    I was born and raised in Michigan, and we were also called "Michiganders." Then sometime in the 1980s some of the local press decided that "Michiganian" sounded better (the "gander" in Michigander made us sound like geese, they said) and started using that word in print. Today you'll find the state's residents to be somewhat divided on the issue of what to call themselves. (I'll always be a Michigander, though.)

    Note: When pronouncing the state of Illinois, the final "s" is silent - it sounds like "Ill-eh-NOY." When saying "Illinoisian," though, the "s" is pronounced (Ill-eh-NOYZ-eean).
    My word corrector seem to say "Illinoisan" Without the "i"

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