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Ole Miss

24 Sep

 

The Swede in Mississippi

 

One of our country's prominent collegiate football teams is the University of Mississippi…always called "Ole Miss".  The school's website is also "www.olemiss.edu".

 

This gives me a chuckle as a Scandinavian kid.  "Ole" has always been the name of a Swedish relative, usually an uncle. It's pronounced "Oh-lee". I had a Swedish uncle, a boatbuilder, named Ole.

 

Shouldn't the Mississippi school call itself "Ol' Miss"…using an apostrophe to replace the understood letter "d"…vis a vis "Old Mississippi"?

 

I think there's a Swede in Mississippi; and his name is Ole!

 

 
 

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