Mar 29, 2022 • 38M

Where Is the Name Ketanji From?

Look to the languages of West Africa, which span the continent's long Atlantic coast.

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John McWhorter
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President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee has said that her parents picked “Ketanji” from a list of West African names supplied by a relative. But West Africans speak hundreds of languages spread out across many hundreds of miles. Can we get more specific?