U.S. States by Alternate Etymology

Can you guess these states based on a totally made up explanation of their name?
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Last updated: January 8, 2021
First submittedJanuary 8, 2021
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Name meaning
Country
Named for a country in Asia
Georgia
Honors the rapper who recorded the #1 hit "Low"
Florida
Because it's a land filled with Christmas spirit
Maryland
Founded by Japanese settlers who named it "good morning" in their language
Ohio
Named for the state's most famous invention - a new type of sports uniform
New Jersey
Named after a 1943 Broadway play
Oklahoma
Because ten different states are visible from the highest point in this one
Tennessee
Another way of saying "viewed a farm implement"
Idaho
Land of very small carbonated beverages
Minnesota
Spanish for "a dry area"
Arizona
Because the people there are very depressed
Missouri
Honors a hero who did 2,000 pounds of laundry
Washington
Children in this state are allowed to talk back to teachers and parents
Kansas
The people in this state cause irritation to the unwell
Illinois
Named for the wife of Mr. Ippy
Mississippi
Because the original colonists of this state never had sex
Virginia
Named in honor of a Harrison Ford movie character
Indiana
A genie with a speech impediment granted the original colonists one wish.
When they asked for good weather he said "wish again".
Michigan
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Level 80
Jan 10, 2021
Residents of the Carol-inas also can claim to be filled with Christmas spirit.
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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2021
Good point. Changed the question to add "land" which also makes it easier.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2021
Reply to "What do you think she wants?" (Alaska,)
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2021
"How you doin'?": Hawaii. "Principal": Maine. "I'm the prostitute": Idaho. I could go on. (But I won't.)
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2021
I prefer "Viewed a farm implement" for Idaho.

Able to speak for Kentucky. My grandfather's pun was "I got a horse in Detroit and no Kentucky".

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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2021
Good one! Changed one of the least-guessed answers to your Idaho suggestion.
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Level 84
Jan 11, 2021
I got 5/18. This one was brutal, I guess my brain just doesn't work that way.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2021
Are we just going to pretend Indiana wasn't named for India?! ;)
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Level 79
Jan 12, 2021
In a sense it was. The Native Americans were named Indians because Columbus thought he was in the Indies, then Indiana was named after the Native Americans.
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2021
My love of both geography and puns awarded me a perfect score on this one. After seeing the scoring breakdown, i'm pretty proud of this one.
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Level 44
Jan 12, 2021
Oregon- Named after a pink Mexican Plant(Oregano)

Pensylvania- State full of writing tools(something along those lines

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Level 44
Jan 19, 2021
Colorado- the ultimate cholera place
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2021
Florence the jockey Florida.

Hit Sith lord with patella. Nevada

Alternatively he has departed. Oregon

Northern motor vehicle or cruise ship. North Carolina

Figure out IT. Texas

Question choice of pigeon. Wyoming

Hair on lions neck. Maine

Man severed ice cream cone. Conneticut

County of recently made cold meat. New Hampshire

Listen to Anne cutting wood. Arkansas

Former presidents brother Alexander. Alabama

Northern water foul oh thank you. North Dakota

Beat eggs or milk when being naughty. Wisconsin

Formal address to very tall 15th letter. Ohio

He comes round to hit her with his patella. California

Louis please dont be too harsh on your wife. Louisiana

Delroy knows about it. Delaware

I'm in her debt. Iowa

Formal shirt hurts my neck. Colorado

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Level 50
Jan 13, 2021
Quizmaster, may I make a bodies of water version of this quiz. I realize that continuations of other quiz series can't be featured.
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Level 50
Jan 13, 2021
Also, the category for the states says "Country".
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Level 69
Jan 14, 2021
I could've used more time on this one. Slow going for me.
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2021
This quiz just kicked my butt.