Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 16:23:32 +0000
From: Victoria Neufeldt vneufeldt[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M-W.COM
Subject: Re: connecticut folk (revisited)

This is from Paul Dickson's _Labels for Locals_:

"A demonym derived from the name of the state has been a matter of
long-standing debate and deliberation. For decades the public
printer of the United States has used _Connecticuter_ in publications
created by the Government Printing Office (GPO), but this has been
widely ignored and derided outside government . . .

"Columbia University Professor Allen Walker Read (who has gone on
record as opposing the GPO's _Connecticuter_ with one _t_) once
researched this topic and found an impressive list of early attempts:
_Connecticotian_ (Cotton Mather, 1702), _Connecticutensian_ (Samuel
Peters, 1781), and _Connecticutter_ (a California periodical, _Land
of Sunshine_, 1897). The last reference may have been intended as a
slur: 'All the gates the [Hartford] _Courant_ can put up will not
keep the steady stream of Connecticutters from migrating to
California.' "

Dickson goes on to say that "a number of good writers" have used the
_-cuter_ form, and mentions Stephen Vincent Benet (1944). Dickson's
article implies that there still is not a generally accepted term.
He does deal with the _Nutmegger_ name too, as well as a host of
jocular names based on _Connecticut_, including, of course,
_Connecticutey_, and ends his discussion with a quote from Allan D.
Pratt of New Haven: "by far the most common term used to describe
residents of Connecticut is 'Commuters.' "

Victoria Neufeldt