Bill P. Godfrey et al

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Proposal to increase efficiency in the names of the states of the USA.

While talking with Thia yesterday, she mentioned a news story in a state of the USA, but couldn't remember the name, just that it began with an I.

Idaho, Illinois, Indiana or Iowa? Given there are 26 letters and 50 states, there's really no need for more than two states to begin with any given letter. There are four I states, but no Z states.

The three "New" states of New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York should drop the "New" part of thier name, as they have been around long enough. (Not New Mexico, as there are already eight M states and we don't need a ninth.)

In recognition, Hampshire, Jersey and York should become 'Old Hampshire', 'Old Jersey' and 'Old York'. If these names are not appealing, 'Classic' or 'Original' may be considered instead.

Even with these changes are still too many N states. Two of these are North Dakota and North Carolina. To resolve this, redraw the boundary between the Dakotas and the Carolinas, creating 'East' and 'West' states of each.

With no S states, Idaho and Illinois can become 'Sidaho' and 'Sillinois'.

As for the eight M states, how about Yaine, Yaryland, Zassachusetts, Zichigan, Xinnesota, Xississippi, Quissouri and Quontana.



  • What should California become? Since we already have Colorado.

    By Blogger Rori, At 7:45 PM, May 31, 2005  

  • Ballifornia?

    By Blogger Bill P. Godfrey, At 11:47 PM, June 04, 2005  

  • I think you're going up the wrong tree there. I think we should rename states based on things associated with the states [mottos, animals etc].

    This gives us:

    [A] (2)
    Acer saccharum (Sugar maple) = Wisconsin [state tree]
    Armadillo = Texas [state animal]

    [B] (3)
    Black-Capped Chickadee = Massachusetts [state bird]
    Blue hen chicken = Delaware [state bird]
    Bluegill = Illinois [state fish]

    [C] (2)
    Cardinal = North Carolina [state bird]
    Crescit eundo = New Mexico [state motto]

    [D] (3)
    Dirigo = Maine [state motto]
    Ditat Deus = Arizona [state motto]
    Dum Spiro Spero = South Carolina [state motto]

    [E] (2)
    Eastern Bluebird = New York [state bird]
    Eureka = California [state motto]

    [F] (3)
    Firefly = Tennessee [state insect - also ladybug]
    Freedom and Unity = Vermont [state motto]
    Freshwater pearl = Kentucky [ state gemstone ]

    [G] (2)
    Gavia immer (Common loon) = Minnesota [state bird]
    Green darner dragonfly = Washington [state insect]

    [H] (2)
    Honeybee = Kansas [state insect]
    Hope = Rhode Island [state motto]

    [I] (2)
    Industry = Utah [state motto]
    In God we trust = Florida [state motto]

    [J] (2)
    Jousting = Maryland [state sport]
    Juglans nigra (Eastern black walnut tree) = Missouri [state tree]

    [K] (3)
    Knobbed whelk = New Jersey [state shell]
    Kool-Aid = Nebraska [state soft drink *invented in Hastings Nebraska by Edward E. Perkins in 1927]
    Kukui = Hawaii [state tree]

    [L] (2)
    Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable = North Dakota [state motto]
    Live oak = Georgia [state tree]

    [M] (2)
    Mountain Bluebird = Idaho [state bird]
    Montani semper liberi = West Virginia [state motto]

    [N] (2)
    Nil sine Numine = Colorado [state motto]
    North To The Future = Alaska [state motto]

    [O] (2)
    Oro y plata = Montana [state motto]
    Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain = Iowa [state motto]

    [P] (2)
    Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) = Oregon [state tree]
    Purple finch = New Hampshire [state bird]

    [Q] (1)
    Qui transtulit sustinet = Connecticut [state motto]

    [R] (2)
    Regnat populus = Arkansas [state motto]
    Robin = Michigan [state bird]

    [S] (2)
    Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher = Oklahoma [state bird]
    Sic Semper Tyrannis = Virginia [state motto]

    [T] (2)
    The Crossroads of America = Indiana [state motto]
    Tule Duck = Nevada [state artifact]

    [U] (2)
    Under God the people rule = South Dakota [state motto]
    Union, Justice, and Confidence = Louisiana [state motto]

    [V] (2)
    Virtute et armis = Mississippi [state motto]
    Virtue, Liberty, and Independence = Pennsylvania [state motto]

    [W] (2)
    Western Meadowlark = Wyoming [state bird]
    With God, All Things Are Possible = Ohio [state motto]

    [Y] (1)
    Yellowhammer = Alabama [state bird]

    I think that's a much nicer distribution of letters - although I couldn't find anything for X or Z... hmm...

    thanks to for all the information...

    See you in "Nil sine Numine!" if I ever go there [I was looking to live there at one point, but, situations change etc etc...]

    By Blogger M., At 3:13 PM, June 07, 2005  

  • I have a couple of friends in Nil sine Numine and they like it very much. I've only been west of the Mississippi River twice and one time was just to drive to the first exit on the interstate in Regnat populus then turn around and head back into Firefly. You may still be able to see Memphis, Firefly from that exit. I'd never been to Regnat populus before so I crossed the bridge so I could say I'd been there. That's one more state marked off my "been there" list.

    By Blogger Thia, At 4:54 AM, June 09, 2005  

  • I find it particularly interesting that Jousting is the Maryland state sport. While we English have football [soccer], every Sunday the Marylanders get into their fine armour, mount their horses and perform the age old trial of might and honor.

    Hopefully, it's no longer to the death.

    on the case of moving, we were originally looking to move over to Eureka [family there - in fact, some were in Eureka, Eureka] but property was hideously expensive - a little like London here - so Nil sine Numine was a nearby compromise, although, in the end, we just stayed put.

    By Blogger M., At 4:06 PM, June 15, 2005  

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