"Ginned up"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 16 03:32:16 UTC 2000

>Most of us are introduced to Eli Whitney and his
>cotton gin in elementary school.  The name "cotton
>gin" puzzled me because the only "gin" I knew of was
>the drink.  I finally connected "gin" with "engine"
>after several years.
Yes, but here in New Haven our kids learn about Eli Whitney and *his*
gin very early on, even before wondering how it relates to what their
parents drink in the summer.

--Larry, who lives in Whitneyville (section of Hamden) and drives
past the Eli Whitney 1816 Barn and the Eli Whitney Museum on his way
to work.

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