Date: Wed, 10 Aug 1994 16:13:27 -0500 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: you > > 2) My mother-in-law (r-less Middle Georgia resident all of her life) > systematically refers to my cats (which/whom she may still regard as > kittens despite their middle age) with the wrong natural gender (but never > her own cats--which/whom she does not regard as kittens--well, one is well > over 20 pounds). I'm starting to use this crazy pronoun system myself, and > I'm wondering if this trans-sexual usage is idiosyncratic (like my own > constant confusion of right and left) or if it is just a part of Southern > American that I need to know more about. My r-full wife does not confuse > the genders of pets (or babies); she also consciously avoids sounding "old > fashioned Southern." > > > Wayne Glowka My late mother in law lived herlife in jacksonville, fla. She was an r-less speaker, and the male cat we sent her (and which she finally sent back) was always "the kitten" (even at 20 + lbs) and "she." Tim Frazer