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Old 2020-11-10, 17:13   #15
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Originally Posted by ldesnogu View Post
Originally Posted by storm5510 View Post
Ossining. A community in New York State. I take it that there is something special about it?
I was wondering too. And I think I found: the Sing Sing prison.

It seems the name comes from an aboriginal American name (variously transliterated) that rhymes with "sing sing" and means "stone on stone." There is (or was) a quarry there. The village was named Sing Sing, but after the residents got tired of their town being identified with the prison, they changed its name to Ossining. Alas, the prison's name was subsequently changed to "Ossining Correctional Facility" but, fortunately, the name Sing Sing has stuck to the prison.

Its location gave rise to the expression "up the river" for prison.
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