Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 16:12:53 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: help a reporter? On Tue, 30 Apr 1996, Duane Campbell wrote: > --- On Tue, 30 Apr 1996 14:44:27 -0500 "David Bergdahl (614) 593-2783" > wrote: > > >On DUH: my daughter Erika (who's 28) used this in its earlier form of DOY in > >elementary school 20 yrs ago. > > DUH was a conversational staple in my high school years in Pennsylvania in the > mid-1950's. Do I win anything? > > > Duane Campbell > dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Same here, also mid-50s, only across the country, in Oregon. But it was a different DUH: always pronounced in a drawn-out monotone in conscious imitation of a stereotypical person of low intelligence, never incorporated into the normal sentence intonation pattern. We would never have said, "Well duh!" (with the normal falling intonation) as you hear it now. I never heard of "doy". Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR