Friday, September 5, 2014

Fact of the Day: Onion City

Chicago, Illinois is named after a French pronunciation of the Native American word shikaakwa. The word when translated means "wild onion". 

17 comments:

  1. We travel there all the time. I had no idea about this!

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  2. I would have thought it meant wild winds!:=) Perhaps wild onions grew there at one time.

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  3. I remember reading this a long time ago and looking for wild onions in the woods when we lived there.

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  4. Perfect! It's a wild onion alright......

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  5. I had heard that once. My sister lives there and she told me that the term "windy city" originated from talk about the politicians at the time being full of hot air, not because of the weather. Although the combination of tall buildings and water being downtown does make it quite windy.

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  6. It is very similar to the original Indian name ( at least in the pronuncition) Kisses:)

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  7. Interesting, as always!

    Have a great weekend,
    -Kati

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  8. Interesting fact!

    xoxo
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  9. That is quite interesting. I really like the Native American word, too. Has a really nice sound to it.

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