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Old 12-13-2003, 01:29 AM
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Origin of "Cackalacky" for "Carolina"?

Recently I have started to hear (or to be more accurate, see written in message boards) "North Cackalacky" and "South Cackalacky" for the Carolinas. I even saw a debate about whether the correct term is "Cackalacka" or "Cackalacky," but a Google search shows Cackalacka has more hits.

So what's the story here? Where did this come from? Thanks in advance to any knowledgeable Cackalackians or others willing to share the etymological wealth.
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:32 AM
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Sorry - in the above post I meant to say "Cackalacky" has more hits in Google. For some reason I wasn't allowed to edit the post.
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:34 AM
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My friend tells me its "South Cak" now
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:46 AM
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Some Cackalacky stuff.
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Old 12-13-2003, 04:42 AM
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This came up once before, but there were no firm answers: N. Carolina = N. Cackalacky. WHY?
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Old 12-13-2003, 07:50 AM
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James Michener used the word "Calinkey" in his "Centennial" novel. Don't know where he pulled that one from.
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Old 12-13-2003, 12:14 PM
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well, you have to remember that south carolina is #1 in all sorts of negative stuff like heart disease and teen pregnancy (maybe not specifically those two; those were just illustrations of what i was meaning by "negative stuff".) and #last in all the good stuff... like education. so, i don't think it was necessarily originated on purpose. some idiot resident of south carolina probably actually thought it was pronounced that way and then anotehr idiot probably thought it sounded good.

(south carolinians, don't take offense; not my location. and, yes my mom is a yankee.)
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Old 12-13-2003, 12:15 PM
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i meant note my location. see, there's yes another example of the levels of education here.
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Old 12-13-2003, 12:16 PM
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dang it!!! i swear i am a really good speller, and i have taken typing class. it's just my ignorant side trying to make a fool of me!
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Old 12-13-2003, 01:09 PM
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GM3: Too much time in Cackalacky will do that to you. BTW, most folks in the more educated regions capitalize the personal pronoun I. <g>
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Old 12-13-2003, 08:06 PM
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i know that; it's just too much work. and e. e. cummings who is now a (semi) well-known poet (at least in christian schools) didn't capitialize anything.
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