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Yearning for years of yore? Then yield to Nige Tassell’s yokelish yakking all about the letter Y
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

YALE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1701, Yale University took its name from the British merchant and philanthropist Elihu Yale, despite allegations of financial irregularities involving him. A more honourable benefactor was Jeremiah Dummer, but the trustees of the fledgling institution likely felt that Dummer College just wasn’t the correct name for a new seat of learning.

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