'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

May 20, 2014
Originally published on May 20, 2014 11:06 am

Yoopers were excited that they made the dictionary. It's too bad people won't learn the right way to pronounce their nickname.

As we noted Monday, the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added more than 150 new words and definitions, including Yooper, which it defines as "a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname."

See, "Yooper" is derived from U.P.

Only Merriam-Webster left off the "p" in its suggested pronunciation.

Whoos.

I mean, oos.

"Yes, unfortunately a 'p' is missing from the pronunciation," Merriam-Webster spokeswoman Meghan Lunghi, told The Associated Press. "The rest of the entry is fine."

I guess close really does count only in horseshoes and hand grenades.

In other new-word news, Merriam-Webster also enshrined "selfie," a term and concept that was mocked at the Webby Awards on Monday with a compilation video of misguided self-portraiture titled "Selfie in Memorium."

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