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What else does Sooner mean?
A Sooner is a person who lives in the state of Oklahoma.
It is also a nickname for students and athletes at the University of Oklahoma.
Where does Sooner come from?
Sooner means “a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.” It comes from a section of the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which became known as the “sooner clause” and was applied to residents of modern-day Oklahoma who moved to the state before the time designated by the federal government.
The name stuck, and today it’s a demonym for all people who live in Oklahoma, which is (not surprisingly) known as the Sooner State.
The name is also used to describe the athletes at the University of Oklahoma. The school’s athletics mascot is the Sooner Schooner, a Conestoga wagon which is drawn at sporting events by two horses named Boomer and (you guessed it) Sooner.
How is Sooner used in real life?
The way Sooner is used depends on who is using it. Residents of the state may describe themselves as proud Sooners, while people outside the state may describe folks who live in Oklahoma as such.
University of Oklahoma athletes, students, and fans use the hashtags “#Sooners” and “#SoonerNation” on social media in reference to the school and its activities.
Although Oklahoma state residents who attend Oklahoma State University are technically Sooners because of where they live, they tend to avoid using the name of their sports rival.
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for sooner
Then as now, we all are at stake, and sooner or later, we all must make a stand.
Finding the correct combination of hormones for your body and your unique genetic background is crucial, the sooner, the better.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This one, too, will go the way of all respiratory infections and sooner probably than later.
Those goals are like a desert mirage, and the sooner everyone realizes it the better the medium will be.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I hope we do it sooner rather than later,” said Feige, who declined to participate in this article.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World|Marlow Stern|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It no sooner knew that Mrs. Ben Wah wanted a parrot than it hustled about to supply one at once.The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
Mariana no sooner knew him than she loved; and her love, lovely as she was, soon excited his.Life Without and Life Within|Margaret Fuller
But no sooner was there stillness than it began again—tick, tick, tick.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
You have no fixed home; the sooner you make one for yourself and me the better.A Crooked Path|Mrs. Alexander
Her mind was no sooner settled in deep conviction, and her heart comparatively at ease, than she began rapidly to recover.The Cavaliers of Virginia|William A. Caruthers