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Old 06-21-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: New York City
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A very cool map!

Literal meanings of places in the U.S [MAP]. - Slate Magazine
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Illinois: Land of the People who Speak Normally?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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I don't like the fact that they put "Land of" before some of them, but it's still cool. Illinois comes from ilenweewa, which is an Algonquian (possibly Miami) word that means "s/he speaks normally." People in Ohio probably said that the people in Illinois "speak normally" and the French took it as the name of the people (and then we named the state after "the people").
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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It's interesting that Dakota and Texas mean the same thing.

My favorites:
"Land of Those Who Speak Normally" (Illinois)
"New Navel of the Moon" (New Mexico)
"Living Upstream" (Omaha)
"St. Small" (St. Paul)
"Remote Corner Where Rough Grass Grows" (Halifax)
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: New York City
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It’s funny how the literal meanings make the map feel like a Game of Thrones-style fantasy novel.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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"Pit dweller's town"

Yep, sounds about right.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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"St. Small" (St. Paul)
Paul means either "small" or "humble." It's why Saul chose the name (small before God).
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Sunbelt
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Arlington, TX = Farm of the Elf Counsel's People.

Sounds like it came straight out of Lord of the Rings.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:57 PM
 
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LOL at West Palm Beach. What can I say, the founders of America liked their exotic-sounding names.

What's the deal with Seattle?
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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LOL at West Palm Beach. What can I say, the founders of America liked their exotic-sounding names.

What's the deal with Seattle?
Can't believe they put "West Palm Beach" on that map but left off the earby posh/well-off town of Boca Raton...which literally translates to "Mouth Rat".
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