Second prize would have been an endorsement from Cos Cob

Derelict Naugatuck Chemical factory

Gubernatorial candidate* Ned Lamont claims to have won the backing of the Naugatuck Valley Demmerkrats. I’m not well versed in politics but I’ve always assumed that to win, you had to have oodles of money. What can the Valley towns contribute, other than cast-off naugahydes and baskets of toxic, glow-in-the-dark fish, fresh from the Housatonic?

*Hey Hiram, how does “governor” turn into gubernatorial?

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  1. Hiram

    I have no idea, but I just looked it up in the OED, and was interested to find out that it’s chiefly an American word. My sense is that the dictionary doesn’t really approve of it, and suggests that its Latin derivation is somewhat suspect, but I imagine other dictionaries aren’t so easily offended.

  2. Fly Girl

    Arnold, the Gubernator.

    From Merriam-Webster
    Etymology: Latin gubernator governor, steersman, from gubernare to govern

  3. Helsa Poppin

    The words both ultimately come from a Greek word I will transliterate as “kybernitis” which means pilot or one who steers. (Also the source of the word cybernetics.) The word became gubernator in Latin. There has long been a tendency among the educated to look to the ancient forms when creating adjectives.

    The words are not as dissimilar as they look at first; the differing letters are plausible substitutes for each other. For example, the “b” in kybernitis is a beta, pronounced “b” (it is thought) in ancient Greek and “v” in modern Greek. These two sounds are related in some way (else one wouldn’t have evolved into the other over time) so it’s not too surprising we find a v in governor and a b in gubernatorial.

  4. Fly Girl

    Helsa, impressive answer!! Were you the girl in class who filled two blue books, still writing when the teacher said, “pencils down”?