What does ski-u-mah mean?

Ski-U-Mah is a famous Minnesota phrase, pronounced SKY-YOU-MAH.

In 1884, John W. Adams and Win Sargent, Minnesota rugby players, tried to think of a fitting team yell. They used the word Ski, a Sioux battle cry meaning victory, and combined it with U-Mah representing the University of Minnesota and rhyming with rah-rah-rah to create a team cheer.

The phrase was then incorporated into both official school songs, "Hail Minnesota" and most commonly in the "Minnesota Rouser."

Of interest, the standard school motto is a Latin platitude about truth, knowledge, honor, duty and stuff like that, but some mottos do things a little differently. Here are 15 college mottos that go beyond the ordinary, shared by Mental Floss.

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Tuesday, May 23 2017
Source: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/traditions/

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