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On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 09:39, Jim Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM, Tony Harris <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> One interesting one, tying in with the USA thread title, is the Esperanto
>> word for the USA: Usono, which I understand is from United States Of
>> North-America plus the -o of Esperanto nouns.  Although it could also be
>> from the Esperanto names of the letters: U So No.
>
> My understanding is that the etymology of "Usono" is uncertain, but
> that's a good guess.  Last I heard, no one had found a citation
> earlier than Zamenhof's 1910 speech at the Universala Kongreso in
> Washington DC, and there he uses the term without explaining it.

Shouldn't it really be Uŝono, from Unuiĝintaj _Ŝ_tatoj de Nord-ameriko?

Cheers,
Philip
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Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>