Names of the states
Posted: 21 August 2007 02:25 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I note that the Big List now contains entries for the names of all the states as well as some Canadian provinces. Very interesting. I expect you’ll get around to the rest of Canada, plus the name Canada itself, in due course.

I wish to note one minor error in the entry for Washington. It says that Washington Territory initially extended to the land now owned by Oregon. Not true. See this wiki page on Washington Territory for details.

Just a suggestion (which you may ignore if you wish), but you might mention in the entry for Oregon that there’ve been numerous suggested etymologies for that name. Almost as many as there’ve been for “OK” or “the whole nine yards”. Well, maybe not that many, but quite a few. George Stewart lists about a dozen or so in his book Names on the Land.

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Posted: 22 August 2007 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I note that the Big List now contains entries for the names of all the states

I’m trying hard not to let this comment irritate me --- and not really succeeding.  I can’t be comfortable with the casual assumption that “the states” --- lower-case “s” and all --- are those of the United States of America (surely somewhere there must be others?). This sort of crass provincialism and Americocentricity is not endearing to most non-Americans, of whom there are a surprisingly large number in the world (also, i think, quite a large proportion in this discussion group).

I must have eaten something really indigestible --- i’m not usually quite so crotchety. Sorry, friends.

(reaches for bottle of sunshine and smiles)

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Posted: 22 August 2007 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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BTW, I’ve corrected the Washington entry.

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