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:

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Breathtaking said...

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

Kay said...

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

Bob Bushell said...

Well I never!!!!!!

Emmylou said...

Cool factoid:)

DEZMOND said...

we do love onions

Margaret D said...

Interesting.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Another fascinating tidbit!

BumbleVee said...

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

Stephanie Faris said...

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.

Pat Hatt said...

So it makes all cry?

Pilar Domínguez said...

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

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Never knew that one

Christine said...

that's a wild fact!

Kati said...

Interesting, as always!

Have a great weekend,
-Kati

Dascha said...

Interesting fact!

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

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