Below are clues to the names of a number of cities. The name of each city is a homograph of an English word. The clues supplied are fairly etymological, and doubtless not particularly valuable. All your geographical scholarliness will probably not be sufficient to furnish any real guidance. Welladay.
These towns, as with the prior assemblages, are all allegedly in the United States, though that may not be factual. If true, you still probably haven’t heard of any of them, unless you grew up in one of them, in which case you have our sympathies.
- ???, Texas
- From the Greek word for “fennel”, which gave its name to the location in the story of Pheidippides
- ???, Utah
- Via Spanish from the name of the Taíno god who controlled the weather and lived atop El Yunque
- ???, Vermont
- From the name of a Connecticut river, after a Native American tribe, from an Algonquian word for “to sink” + “a boggy place”
- ???, Virginia
- Via Old French, from a Latin word for “customary, regular”, going back to a cognateless Proto-
Italic word for “arrangement”
- ???, West Virginia
- Via Middle English and Old English, from Proto-
Germanic *kwikwaz, going back to PIE *gwih3wós, “alive”
- ???, Washington
- From a Latin word for “forefinger”, from a Latin word for “pointing”, going back to PIE *deyḱ-, with similar meaning
- ???, Wisconsin
- Via a French word meaning “to obstruct”, possibly from a Spanish word meaning “to impregnate” or “to annoy”, possibly via Portuguese from Arabic or Latin, unless it’s via Italian from Vulgar Latin
— so, shamefully “obscure”
- ???, Wyoming
- Via Old French for “confinement, prison” from Late Latin for “to enclose”, going back to the PIE root *klāw-, “key, hook, or nail”
There are no prizes this month
Some plausible answers to last month’s query concerning the third batch of L’Ishing du Gwujlang mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs) are presented below:
Thanks to Siva Kalyan, Adam Bernard, and The Slater Family for their contributions to the decipherment. Each will receive a prize for their help, as eligible.