Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 00:01:17 -0600
From: Mike Salovesh t20mxs1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Subject: Re: connecticut folk (revisited)

Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote:

At 07:48 PM 3/8/98 -0500, Beverly Flanigan flanigan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Not to sound too naive, but why Nutmeggers???

Because the CT state nickname is "the Nutmeg State." (Cf. Ohio as "the
Buckeye State.")

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Historically minded folks may recall the source of that label.

People from Connecticut (gee, I wonder if there's a single word for
that?) were called "nutmeggers" because some of them were heavily
involved in the spice trade.

Calling them nutmeggers was an insulting reference to the sly ways of
Connecticut traders. They had the reputation of spending their time
carving imitation nutmeg out of scrub trees -- then building fortunes by
mixing their worthless carvings into shipments of genuine nutmeg.

A "nutmegger" was a seller of adulterated merchandise.

So when you say "Nutmeg State", you'd better smile, pardner.

-- mike salovesh salovesh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]
anthropology department
northern illinois university PEACE !!!