Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 14:02:07 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: SNEAKERS vs.PLIMPSOLES (Bounced Mail)

It is (or used to be) regional. The Brits cal them PLIMPSOLES. There was an

article about this in AMERICAN SPEECH several years ago. Check it out

--it will tell you a lot of what you want to know.

On Wed, 29 Nov 1995, POLSKY ELLEN S wrote:

Is the "sneaker"-"tennis shoe" distinction purely regional? Do some

people use both with a different meaning attached to each? I come from

Phila., and I used to use only the term "sneaker", but out here in

Boulder, Colorado, it seems that "tennis shoe" is used exclusively. Any