: Learn to speak Wisconsin

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Sep 8 17:37:21 UTC 2007

Or we could change all non-Native American names
(not just the Anglo-Saxon ones, although I would
very much hate losing "Kossuth") back to Native
American ones and let Native Americans slap
anybody who pronounces them wrong.

Wouldn't this be historically fairer?


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>We should change all Indian origin names to Anglo-Saxon names to make it
>easy for everyone to learn and speak them. Then we'd never have to "slap"
>>From: Susan Rosine <basenjiluvr at MSN.COM>
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>>Subject: Re: : Learn to speak Wisconsin
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>>Guess Chicagoans would have a problem in Washington state too, with its NW
>>Indian names, including:
>>Skagit Island
>>Date:    Fri, 7 Sep 2007 22:10:17 -0400
>>From:    Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU>
>>Subject: Re: Learn to speak Wisconsin
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>>These pronunciations are no problem for us Minnesotans; we have an
>>abundance of Native Indian place names ourselves (Ojibwe and Dakota Sioux).
>>At 09:53 PM 9/7/2007, you wrote:
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>>  >Poster:       Tom Zurinskas <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM>
>>  >Subject:      Learn to speak Wisconsin
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>>  >The below from the Chicago Tribune
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>>  >
>>  >Learn to speak Wisconsin
>>  >Posted by Toni Salama at 8 a.m. CDT
>>  >
>>  >Some Wisconsin place names are downright intimidating. If they're not
>>  >out-and-out tongue-twisters, their spelling can stump even the most
>>  >lingually gifted among us.
>>  >
>>  >I guess you have to expect that in a state whose very name, Wisconsin, is
>>  >the English spelling of a French version of an Indian name for the river
>>  >that runs through the center of the state.
>>  >
>>  >To the rescue comes MissPronouncer.com, where a click on Wisconsin place
>>  >names is rewarded with audio of the correct pronunciation.
>>  >
>>  >Among the trickiest problems solved:
>>  >
>>  >Ashwaubenon
>>  >Chequamegon
>>  >Kaukauna
>>  >Kinnickinnic
>>  >Menomonie
>>  >Mequon
>>  >Oconomowoc
>>  >Prairie du Chien
>>  >St. Nazianz
>>  >Trempealeau
>>  >Weyauwega
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
>>  >See truespel.com - and the 4  truespel books plus "Occasional Poems" at
>>  >authorhouse.com.
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
15C Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
preston at msu.edu

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