||[May. 17th, 2009|11:54 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
Or Cheboygan! as they say in Michigan. I'm not kidding. There is a Cheboygan in Michigan. It's not as fancy or famous as the Sheboygan in Wisconsin, but it's there nonetheless. There is probably a native word that sounds something like Sheboygan that means something like “piddly-ass place right next to a big-ass pile of fucking cold water,” being situated as they are on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, respectively. In that case, there would probably be an adjective pronounced sheh-boy-GAN-ic, Antarctica being the most sheboyganic region on the planet. But, alas, there is not. When the native word was transliterated two different times by two different historical societies, one of them slightly French-smelling, it got spelled two different ways, I'll bet. They, the people who live around there, think the word may have meant “sewing needle” or “strip mine” or perhaps nothing at all. Or it could have been the name of the guy who made the map--the Vespucci Syndrome.
Regardless of where you come down on the great Sheboygan debate, it remains without equal as the funnest word to say, in any language (or lack thereof).