Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 14:02:07 -0500 From: Ronald Butters 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 > > insight?