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Word of the Month - Oshkosh (Why not?)

Well, yes, it is an interesting word in its own right. A famous clothing supplier was founded there, my kids were wearing OshKosh B’gosh outfits when they were small, and we lived in the town of Pewaukee, about an hour south of EAA HQ.

From a dictionary of Wisconsin place names, we learn the following about how the name came about:

Definition: Oshkosh was named after the Menominee chief (1795-1858). The name means “claw” or “nail” or “horny part of foot of beasts or birds”. When Oshkosh was just a hamlet of a few scattered wooden houses, it was known by the classic name Athens.

I wonder how many people would be planning to christen their child “Toenail” today!

What is really interesting for aviators who understand the naming conventions of airports: The International Civil Aviation Organization mnemonic for the airport is KOSH, but the three-letter code is OSH. You will often see an airport listed with both names like YYZ-CYYZ. If you do that with Wittman Field, you get OSH-KOSH! Neat! What are the chances of an airport being situated at a place where the first three-letter syllable is repeated in the name and the fourth letter is a K?

Are there any Canadian airports with a similar serendipity? How about posting candidates on our new EAA - Canada Facebook page?   


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