LINGUIST List 14.2456
Tue Sep 16 2003
Media: Des Moines Register: Origin of "Des Moines"
Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <karenlinguistlist.org>
Karen Chung, DMRegister: Origin of "Des Moines"
Message 1: DMRegister: Origin of "Des Moines"
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 08:16:17 +0800
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: DMRegister: Origin of "Des Moines"
The 9/14/2003 issue of the Des Moines Register online has an
interesting piece on the possibly scatological origin of the city name
Is 'Des Moines' just some dirty joke?
Oh, poo! Our capital's name seems to stem from rival potty mouths.
By Mary Challender
The opening paragraphs:
A linguist specializing in the extinct Miami-Illinois language
says he's come across a funny, 330-year-old story that gives "Des
Moines" new meaning.
And - chamber of commerce-types might want to brace themselves - it
appears we've been punked.
The article mentions in passing the controversy regarding the
origin of "Chicago".
Thanks to Laura Lawless of the French About.com site for featuring
this article in her 9/17/03 newsletter.
Karen Steffen Chung