We've all been thrown for a loop, there and back again. IOWA If you could find the etymon linking the French word to the Dakota word, you could find out not only where we were, but also who we were. IOWA Both the place and the people. The place we met, the people we met: the first meeting of IOWA . aka the conference of rats. IOWA the language. Both Sioux and (new). In other words, past and present rhyme. GRINGO LINGO of the rats. Or as the Yogi said, "It's deja vu all over again."