Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 12:01:52 -0800
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: Ossining / Sing Sing
Wayles Brown asks:
Sing Sing prison is located in Ossining, New York. Is there any connection
between the name Sing Sing and the name Ossining? What is their etymology?
That's my cue to pull out "A Concise Dictionary of American Place-Names" by
George R. Stewart (Oxford 1970).
OSSINING Algonquian `stone(s)-little-at'.
SING SING From Algonquian `stone(s)-little-at' (cf. Ossining),
developed by humorous folk-etymology from an original ASSIN-IS-ING.
Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]netcom.com