A pond by any other name...

Mar 15, 2012

In his 2010 Comedy Central stand-up special, comedian Louis C.K. pondered a sometimes-epithet and the fine line between desciptor, and slur. Joking aside, C.K.’s take hits very close to home for the townspeople of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, who, for the past several months, have been engaged in a fierce debate about whether or not a small local pond’s name on federal maps,  “Jew Pond” is offensive, and whether the pond should get a new moniker.

Darren Garnick is a freelance journalist and filmmaker from one of Mont Vernon’s neighboring towns, Amherst. He covered the debate for The Atlantic.