North (and South) Cackylacky?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Jun 5 22:25:08 UTC 2002

>A friend has asked me about the origins of North (and South)
>Cackylacky as names for North (and South) Carolina.

Sure looks like German "Kakerlake" = "cockroach" (= Dutch "kakkerlak"). I
don't know the etymology in German, but it may not be mere reduplication
(cf. Spanish "cucaracha" which may be the ancestor).

The word for the Carolinas is perhaps just humorously modeled on the German
word; or perhaps it's just coincidence.

-- Doug Wilson

More information about the Ads-l mailing list