Where does ‘on-Island’ come from?

To the Editor:

Over the last 30 years or so, the phrase “on-Island” has been more and more used.

Years ago, you didn’t hear that term. “Off-Island” was in common usage, and for many, “here” and “away” were sufficient.

What are others’ recollection of this usage? When did it first arise? From where? Your thoughts and observations are solicited. Thank you.

Tom Hodgson

West Tisbury