[Ads-l] Big Sky

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 28 16:15:13 UTC 2021

>From around 1950, the state of Montana has embraced the
promotional nickname of "Big Sky Country."  There's even a tourist town
called Big Sky.

Of diverting pedantic interest is that "Sonh-yoo-wau-na, or Big Sky," is
among the "Sachems and War-Chiefs of the...Six Nations" listed as signers
of a treaty with the United States which was entered into at
"Kon-on-daigua, N.Y." (modern Canandaigua), June 26, 1794.

See _Gazette of the United States_ (Jan. 30, 1795), p. 10.

Modern use of the phrase comes from the title of A. B. Guthrie's
best-selling novel, _The Big Sky_ (1947), filmed in 1952.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list