Calinky (slang for "Carolina")

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 8 23:19:21 UTC 2013

Bonnie: James A. Michener uses North Calinky and South Calinky in his
1974 bestseller Centennial as you already know. The novel traces the
history of Colorado over a long period. You presented excerpts from
Centennial that are visible in the ADS archive. Do you know the period
during which Michener's fictional characters used the terms?

Michener reportedly performed extensive reading/research to support
his writing. He may have come across the terms North Calinky and South
Calinky while preparing to write Centennial. Have you ever attempted
to contact the people who control the James Michener Collection? Maybe
they would be helpful.

[Begin excerpt]
The James A. Michener Collection was created in 1978 when Michener
donated thirty-seven linear feet of his papers to the University of
Northern Colorado. The papers were primarily related to his novel
Centennial, published in 1974. Shortly before his death in 1997, James
Michener designated the University of Northern Colorado the home of
the bulk of his writing and publishing legacy.
[End excerpt]


On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake
<b.taylorblake at> wrote:
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> For a while I've been looking for early forms of "Calinky" and
> "Cackalacky" (and variants), both used as references to the Carolinas.
>  Several years ago I was able to push these back to 1974 and 1972,
> respectively [1].
> I suspect I've found a 1936 usage of "Calinky" with reference to what
> I assume is North Carolina, but an oddly placed comma seems to ruin
> the effect.
> "PARK TERMINAL. The mighty Bear Hunters have returned from North,
> Calinky without a B'ar; Brotmeckle and Tucker."
> That's from a *Baltimore Transit Topics* column called "Transit
> Family."  *Baltimore Transit Topics* is not available to me via
> interlibrary loan, so I'm unable to get to the relevant page of this
> publication.  I therefore can't verify the page number, issue number,
> and date of publication.  But there's enough available data via
> Google's snippet view to place this in the latter half of 1936,
> certainly not too long after the Hindenburg had passed over Baltimore,
> an event mentioned elsewhere on the page.  (Of course, if anyone's
> local library happens to carry back issues of *Baltimore Transit
> Topics*, I'd be much obliged.)
> -- Bonnie
> [1]
>  In 2002 Grant Barrett mentioned recent sightings of "Calinky" in
> reply to Eric McKean's question about "Cackylacky."
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