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Mall Origins Demystified

Dear Rudy,

On a recent show, one of your listeners wondered why the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is called a "mall". In Philadelphia we have Independence Mall, and of course you are familiar with Pall Mall in London. The latter took its name from a croquet game that was played there. Eventually the green took on the name of the hammer-like instrument used in that game, and the word has evolved to mean a more formal type of green.

Thanks for the show. I look forward to your broadcast every week.




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