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PLACE (NAME STORY: "LOOSE WOMEN PROUD OF NAME")

"THE LOOSE WOMEN OF THIS VILLAGE HAVE DECIDED TO STAY THAT
WAY." "WE ARE PROUD OF IT, IT GIVES US A FEELING OF DISTINCTION,
ONE WOMAN SAID." SIXTY WOMEN RESIDENTS OF LOOSE, A VILLAGE IN
KENT COUNTY, THURSDAY VOTED DOWN A PROPOSAL FOR A CHANGE IN THE
TOWN'S NAME, LONG THE TARGET OF AMUSED VISITORS. "LOOSE WE ARE
AND LOOSE WE WILL STAY. THERE IS A TOWN CALLED UGLEY. I'D
RATHER BE CALLED LOOSE THAN UGLEY," A WOMAN SAID. THE NAME OF
THE VILLAGE HAS NO CONNECTION WITH ITS WOMEN, BUT COMES FROM
SEVERAL STREAMS...FROM LOOSE, ENGLAND."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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