Word Ways


In H. L. Mencken's The American Language (Knopf, 1977), a reissue of the 1936 fourth edition and the 1945 and 1948 supplements, there is a brief discussion of United States towns whose names reflect their location on state or national borders. These names are often compounded from the names of the two or three b ordering states. This article is a new look at these old names, and a review of more recent atlases for newer ones.