How interesting! I had no idea. Thank you for this walk through history. I love stuff like this!
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We have a statue of Kosciuszko in the Public Garden, and I've never had a problem pronouncing his name. No, I am not Polish, the nuns just taught us how to pronounce Catholic names (or else, ya know:) I still have the flattened knuckles to prove it.I think it's kind of funny, but probably true that he lost out to Pulaski because of his name; but then again, Pulaski ain't exactly Smith either.
thanks dc and clueless--i did see that boston (aside from some other places) also has a "koz" statue...i guess schoolkids don't really care about who gets the honor of a holiday as long as they get a day off...