Word Ways


A couple of years ago I addressed the annual meeting of the American Name Society on "Rockomastics: The Names of Popular Musical Aggregations" and in the February 1968 Word Ways I took up "Musical Nouns of Multitude" from the Supremes to the Strawberry Alarm Clock. What I now call petronymics (the names of rock groups), however, seems to be related to the names of some of the oldest inhabitants of America. Below are the English translations of the common names of Indians of North and South America (in parenthesis, the language that has furnished us with the name we use today for the tribe).