Friday, March 25, 2016

#atozchallenge: Virgilina, Virginia

Virgilina =
Virginia + North Carolina

 

VAMap-doton-Virgilina
The original uploader was Seth Ilys at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2400862

One of the more common uses for portmanteaus is to name geographic locations. We’ve already seen Eurasia, the land mass that contains Europe and Asia. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar combined in 1964, they became the Republic of Tanzania. When the Czech Republic and Slovakia were forced together under the Nazis during World War II, the country was called Czechoslovakia, and it remained a single country under the Warsaw Pact, finally splitting back into the two countries in the 1990’s. Illiana, Illinois is a town on the border between Illinois and Indiana; likewise Michiana is an area comprised of counties from Michigan and Indiana. There’s a full list of border towns and areas in the United States here.

Anyway, the town of Virgilina, Virginia is a town of 159 people in Halifax County, Virginia that sits on the border between Virginia and North Carolina.

What portmanteau gographic names can you think of?

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