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Which Means What it Means
October 23, 2008 |
How did you come up with the name "Wobegon"? I ask because it just came to my attention that "wobbegong" is Aussie slang for "excellent" (see Partridge's Concise Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.) Lake Excellent, where all the children are above average? OK, likely just a slightly interesting coincidence.
It was just one of those lucky moments at the keyboard, Pete. "Wobegon" sounded Indian to me and Minnesota is full of Indian names. They mask the ethnic heritage of the town, which I wanted to do, since it was half Norwegian, half German. And it recalls the word "woebegone" which means what it means. Never heard of that Australian word until now.