Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:45:10 -0500
From: Larry Horn laurence.horn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: connecticut folk (revisited)

P.S. Just checking on Nexis, I find two articles that USE (rather than
mention) such a term, and in both cases, "Connecticutter" was the
designation of choice. One article on the history of the problem suggests
that Nutmeggers is now more popular than the alternatives (of which
Connecticutter and the rather implausible Connecticosian are listed). And
one article by card-carrying (if we had cards) ADS member William Safire
(On Language, NYT Magazine, 6/6/82) portrays the earlier
"Connecticutensian" (as in Yalensian) giving way to "Connecticutter", later
reorthographized as "Connecticuter" (the chosen form of the Government
Printing Office Style Manual, Safire notes). Not the best occasion to
reduce a geminate, I'd say.

Connecticuter than thou,