Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 09:35:48 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" 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 >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)