Friday, October 16, 2009

Coastie update

Coastie, the term used at UW–Madison for a variety of out-of-state students (not just from areas with ocean coasts), bubbles on, it seems. There's now a wikipedia entry (here), and here's the musical, or at least the song (noted here and elsewhere in the recent local media), by Quincy & Beef:

One of the lingering questions has been the connection of 'coastie' specifically to Jewish students. I think the Wisconsin Englishes folks have pretty much decided that the connection is real, and this video seems to remove doubt about that. (That still leaves questions about the exact nature of the connection, but that's a post for another day.)

HT to TP, who is back among the living after a bout of the swine. And to ER too.


Anonymous said...

One of the most interesting things about 'coastie' to me is that the cultural hallmarks (e.g. big glasses, tights, Uggs, etc.) are now purely midwestern. These items have lost their status on the east and west coast and you only see this combination of item in the midwest. The 77 Square article from the jump link makes a similar note in commenting on 'coasties' wearing the same thing 10 years ago...


amcatania said...

They need to make a song about us gulf-coasties eatin crawdads and wearin big hair.