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Dane County Place-Names
Frederic G. Cassidy
New introduction by Tracy Will
New foreword by David Medaris
“A vast trove of delights and revelations.”
—David Medaris, from the foreword
Dane County Place-Names is an entertaining record of the heritage of Dane County, Wisconsin’s capital region, from its earliest days through the 1940s. This classic work by the late lexicographer Frederic G. Cassidy is back in print for new generations to enjoy. Cassidy applied his insightful eye to the origins and evolution of local names that reveal a colorful history: Whiskey Creek, Brag Hollow, Marxville, Pancake Valley, Halunkenburg, Skunk Hollow, and Tipple School. This edition features a new introduction by local historian Tracy Will and a foreword by Isthmus journalist David Medaris.
• Previous editions: 1947, American Dialect Society, and 1968, University of Wisconsin Press
Frederic G. Cassidy (1907–2000) was professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English.
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