s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Tribond Tuesday

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tribond Tuesday

And, of course, as soon as I vow there will be no more tribonds, I think of another one:



At March 20, 2012 12:37 PM, Blogger Señora H-B said...

Something about French...but I'm stumped beyond that.

At March 20, 2012 3:24 PM, Blogger Mr. said...


In some states they rhyme?

At March 21, 2012 12:12 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Maria - They're French demonyms that have entered the English lexicon with other meanings. (The -ois ending is probably a cognate with the English -ish, as in English, Danish, Swedish, etc.) So the word Illinois comes from the Illini tribe, turquoise comes from Turkey, and vichyssoise comes from the French commune of Vichy. (I only learned the connection between Turkey and turquoise very recently.)

At April 03, 2012 4:01 PM, Blogger Señora H-B said...

Cool! This was my favorite one so far. I wish I could have figured it out on my own....


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