Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 18:02:20 -0700 From: Peter Richardson Subject: Re: Hoosier Mencken's American Language cites references to a "whoosher," but admits that that seems far-fetched. Then: "Beyond North America, the most reliable etymology connects it with hoozer, a Cumberland dialect term applied to 'anything unusually large.'" There's a gap there somewhere, maybe a Cumberland one. Peter Richardson