US County Name Transposals

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US County Name Transposals


Grant, Jeff, Word Ways


In the August 2011 Word Ways, Darryl Francis examines transposals of US county names. The second set (p217-220) lists transposals of counties combined with the relative two-letter state-name abbreviation, for example:

 Chicot AR             thoracic Bristol MA            Maltisorb
Monroe WI             wine room 

Darryl searched for two examples for every state and succeeded in finding 89 out of the possible 100 transposals for county name plus two-letter state abbreviation.

Here are some suggestions for the eleven remaining combinations. Most were found on the Net with the help of the Google search program.

Connecticut
 Fairfield CT           idle-traffic   a data communications term
(usually
                                      two words without the hyphen).
                                        'appropriately random
                                        idle-traffic
 generation.'
                                        [linuxdevcenter.com]
New London CT          Clendon Town   Real Estate designation for the
                                      business/shopping area of Clendon,
a
                                      suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.
                                         'Find property for sale in
                                        Clendon Town
.'
                                        [www.rightmove.cc]
Windham CT             Mindwatch      among other things, a registered
                                      trademark of computer software
                                      for 'recording, analyzing,
                                      categorizing and displaying
behavior.
                                      emotions, actions, thoughts and
                                      patterns', owned by Mindwatch
                                      IP Pty Ltd, Eumundi, Australia.
[Net]
Delaware
New Castle DE          Sweet Candle   a variety of carrot.
[nvsuk.org.uk]
Sussex DE              Sussexed       staying or living in a place named
                                      Sussex (in Canada in quote).
                                        'The PM Sussexed
 snugly.'
                                        [mountainmeanders.blogspot.com]
The
                                        terms out-Sussexed
 (cricket)
                                        and over-Sussexed
 are also
                                        mentioned on the Net.
Hawaii HI              hihiawai       native name for a kind of swamp
fern
                                      found in Hawaii. [In Gardens of
                                      Hawaii
, M.C. Neal, 1965, pl2]
Kauai HI               kaihuia        a New Zealand palm tree.
                                        '... the nikau palm, a tree
which
                                        when fully grown, was sometimes
                                        called kaihuia
.' [Birds of
                                        Aotearoa
, M.R. Orbell, 2003, p56]
                                        Kaihuia Street
 is in
                                        Wellington, NZ, and Kellin
                                        Kaihuia
 Pungatara lives in
                                        Auckland, NZ. [Net]
Maui HI                mihiau         a stone with which the moa (bird)
was
                                      cooked by the Maori people of New
                                      Zealand. [The Moa/Hunter Period of
                                      Maori Culture
, R. Duff, 1977,
                                      p307]
                                      Mihiau
 is also a Polynesian
                                      personal name, both surname and
given
                                      name, e.g. Mihiau
 Tangaroa was
                                      mother of Sir Tangaroa Tangaroa,
                                      former Cook Islands administrator. … 

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