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Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Scent of Chicago

Sometimes footnotes are worth reading. Take this example -- an article from Harper's archives on the 19th century Indian massacre near Fort Dearborn in Chicago. The 2nd footnote informs readers of the origin of the city's name:
Chicago is derived from She-gog-ong, the locative of the Indian word she-gog, meaning skunk.
How will I break the news to my relatives in the Windy City?

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