Porcupine, Picayune, and Post: How Newspapers Get Their Names

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University of Missouri Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 216 pages
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"Porcupine, Picayune, & Post examines the history and etymology of newspapers' names. Bernhard focuses on printed general-interest English-language dailies and weeklies, from the Choteau (Montana) Acantha to the Moab (Utah) Zephyr, with everything in between"--Provided by publisher.

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