Tuesday, July 31, 2012
There is, according to Doug Karttunen, my friend and resident expert on all things Finnish, a high byway near Hancock, Michigan, called Kowsit Lats Road.
Finlanders gave the name to a broad meadow at the top of a hill where local farmers grazed their cattle. They had trouble pronouncing the English combinations "sh" and "fl," so in their "Finnglish" argot they called the place Kowsit Lats.
There's even a local craft ale called Kowsit Lats.
This gem will, of course, appear in a future Porcupine County whodunit. I can see it now: Steve and his deputy Chad cool themselves off after work on a hot day with a couple of Kowsit Lats, and Steve (a comparative latecomer to Porcupine County) wonders aloud what the name means. Chad, being a native, fills him in.