John McChesney-Young panis at PACBELL.NET
Tue Sep 9 22:14:42 UTC 2003

Professor Peter Trudgill <peter.trudgill at UNIFR.CH> asked:

>Can anyone tell me why there is a place in Central Illinois with the
>highly improbable spelling of BENLD?

According to:

Illinois Place Names book:
Benld est 21 Mar 1904, Inc as a city 30 Jul 1904

Benld was named for Ben L. Dorsey.

and according to:

(supported by a few other web sites) Mr. Dorsey was the town's
founder; the latter page also says the town's name was originally
pronounced "ben-el-dee."



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