Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sat Sep 29 14:04:09 UTC 2001

Reckon you're cutting your morphemes in the wrong place. You're
finding a "jugo" where there ain't none. The "Medju-" part is the
"between" or "middle,' and the "gorje" part is mountains or hills.


>A Catholic friend forwarded me the message of September 25th from Medjugorje.
>Apparently, the name of the town means "between the hills."
>I had conjectured that the -jugo- part might mean "south,"
>Jugoslavia (or Yugoslavia) is loosely
>"the land of the Southern Slavs," but then there isn't much left
>over for "between the hills."
>Any ideas?

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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