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Playing the reindeer name game.

COLUMN: IN OUR OPINION; EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen - or do you?

Some scholars believe that Donner's real name is Donder, and cite the fact that author Clement Clarke Moore wrote the names as "Donder and Blitzen" in a copy of the poem he made.

Some think Moore didn't even write the poem, ascribing it instead to Henry Livingston Jr., a poet of Dutch descent from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and give the names as "Dunder and Blixem," close to the Dutch for "thunder" and "lightning."

If you really care, see www.donder.com. Personally, we'll just have another slice of pie and glass of eggnog.
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Date:Dec 25, 2011
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