Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 12:01:52 -0800 From: Anton Sherwood 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]