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@rustingbridges​ replied to your post:

is that where the word ontario comes from

Pretty much?

Apparently some people claim it’s actually “big lake” (or the more influenced-by-the-English-name-for-the-region translation “great lake”), and I seem to have misremembered *which* Iroquoian language it was, but everyone seems to be in agreement that it’s about impressive lakes. Because unlike the Cucamonga Desert, we have us some goddamn lakes.

(I guess that means there’s a little bit of Hillhillhill Hill going on with Lake Ontario, but anyway.)


I’m very pro hillhillhill Hill style names, and adopting foreign language synonyms to refer to a specific variant (like chai tea or kimonos in english).

however I’m down on calling arbitrary kitchen equipment french.

>>I’m very pro hillhillhill Hill style names

It sure beats naming everything Stratford all the time [link].

And yeah, there is a certain elegance in solutions like “using the Persian word for bread to mean ‘bread made in the Persian manner’”.


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