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The term coastie or coasty (more often heard and seen as the plural coasties) is a pejorative term used in Midwestern U.S. universities (especially the University of Wisconsin-Madison[1]) to denote students who come from outside the region, mainly from the East or West coast.[2]


The term is thought to have been coined in the early to mid-1990s.[3] Coasties are often confused with FIBs (Fucking Illinois Bastards),[4] students from the north shore suburbs of Chicago.[5]


Although the most general use of the term denotes only the origin of these students, there are often implicit or explicit associations that use of the term can evoke. One is that coasties do not pay their own tuition because they come from socioeconomically privileged, and often Jewish families. Other associations include living in private residence halls and membership in a fraternity or a sorority. An additional association is indulgence in fashion.[6][7]


  1. ^ Johnson, Annysa. "'Coastie' song, video spark debate at UW". Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  2. ^ "Coasties and controversy: Madison slur raises questions - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle". Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  3. ^ "'Coastie Song' Stirs Up U. Of Wisconsin Campus". The Guardian. December 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "Rivals on all borders of Badger State". The Badger Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  5. ^ Cigelske, Tim (March 22, 2007). "Straight out of Sconnie Nation". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  6. ^ Twohey, Megan (November 14, 2005). "The great 'Coastie' divide". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Johnson, Anyssa (December 15, 2009). "'Coastie' song, video spark debate at UW - Jewish link in student video upsets some". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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