Post nuclear accident short story.

David Lee

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Jun 17, 2021
Short story probably in an anthology from the 60s or 70s. The main thing I remember about it is the end, so consider this a spoiler alert.
There had been a huge cataclysmic disaster. The only way for the population to recover with the general sanity intact was to make everyone forget about it.
One of the methods was to drop certain words from the language, including the term for baby bears. Maybe adult bears too now that I think about it.
Someone figured out what had happened and presented his conclusion at a meeting of scientists. His theory was rejected as implausible with the comment, "Who could take seriously the idea that a major city would be called "Chicago"?
It's in Nine hundred grandmother's by Lafferty

"What's the Name of That Town?

Edit/update:- found in here from 2007

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