conundrum onomasticum (Algonquian word for U.S. president)

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jul 11 23:00:29 UTC 2004

 According to, the ninth cabinet was formed in 1919. If the Vice-President is counted as one of the ten people, you still go back to only 1903.

If you count the president, vice-president, three secretaries at Washington's time and the five Supremes (, you get a total of ten.

Perhaps something along these lines, though determining the exact people represented might be difficult...

Benjamin Barrett
Baking the World a Better Place

-----Original Message-----
From: "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
Sent: Jul 11, 2004 3:50 PM

>>The Miami-Illinois term for the president of the United States and the
>>U.S. government, which has cognates in various Eastern Great Lakes
>>Algonquian languages, is /meetaathsoopia/. (Ottawa has, for example,
>>/medaasoobid/ 'Washington, D.C.' and Meskwaki has /meetaasoopita/
>>'president of the U.S., U.S.government.)
>>The MI name for Washington D.C. is /meetaathsoopionki/.
>>/meetaathsoopia/ means 'ten-sit-person'.
>>I'm wondering what the number ten, or sitting for that matter, had to do
>>with the U.S. president/government. Any conjectures?

Conjectures are easy to come by, I guess. Reasonable ones are more difficult.

When were the Algonquian words in question first used?

In particular, did any of these words predate the term of President Madison?

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