Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 20 17:25:47 UTC 2010

At 1:14 PM -0400 4/20/10, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>One of my adult literacy learners today spelled that The Badger State
>as "Westconsin."  I thought it was a possible eggcorn, and in her case
>I think it was, but I got 175k raw ghits on it, most of which referred
>to businesses in western Wisconsin where it seems to be a conscious
>blend to name the region.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

Also some hits (all self-conscious coinages, I suspect) for "Eastconsin".

Of course people in and around the states typically destress the
first syllable drastically and even resyllabify (w@ SKAN s at n), which
would make any such reanalysis (to "Westconsin") all the more
unlikely in situ.


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