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Re: “'Let's Have Intercourse' - An Etymological Mystery

Thanks for that, Gisela. From what I've been able to find out about the Herricks, I'm not surprised. They had a long history with the Indians, beginning, it seems, when Mr. Herrick worked for the government "collecting" some of them for relocation (http://www.onlinebiographies.info/ca/humb/herrick-rf.htm). One can imagine.

I wrote the letter to the Times-Standard. I'd like to point out that they printed it with a few things missing. They didn't know, apparently, how to typeset some of the phonetic characters in the Wiyot phrases and so they just left those letters out. The correct versions are in William Bright's dictionary. William Bright also edited a newer version of Gudde's dictionary, and that was the version I was citing (something also left out of my letter).

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Posted by Ellen G. on 09/15/2013 at 12:42 AM

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