Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 09:35:48 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: -head
While we are on Wisconsin (sorry about the -son spellings), have other
forced residents of the state noticed a funny syllable division there? My
divisions are very clearly 'wis-con-sin,' but I could swear to the fact
that nearly every Wisconsinite (there, Larry!) I've met divides it as
'wi-scon-sin.' The phonological motivation for this seems weak, but I
wonder if there is not some generalization lurking under it.
Dennis (not so clearly a nonPackerbacker) Preston
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot,msu.edu
Dennis, obviously no great Packer-backer himself, writes,
I saw the Green Bay Packers play today and heard their fans, them, and
Wisconsonites (Wisconsonians?) in general referred to as 'cheeseheads.'
One of the fans in the stands had a hat shaped like a big wedge of cheese
(apparently a Swiss).
Green Bay Packer fans have been proudly wearing those
cheeseheads (yes, it refers to the large yellow object itself as well to the
wearers, and may well encompass all Wisconsinites--not Wisconsonians or
Wisconsonites--but I think the team itself is not known by that moniker) for
some years now, but it was only last week when the cheesehead performed its
first life-saving mission. A fan was returning home from the game in a
private plane which began losing power, and he propped his cheesehead between
himself and whichever hard object he was to encounter on his speedy way down.
I forget the details, but he swears he'll never leave home without one now.
Larry (wondering if that was really how they invented head cheese)