Date: Wed, 16 Feb 1994 09:36:00 -700


Subject: Re: Too in initial position

On Tue, 15 Feb 1994, Donald M. Lance wrote:

I grew up on the opposite side of the country from Canada, and a co-editor

I work with keeps editing out initial "as well" in my writing. But then I

claim to use initial "too" too. These don't have the feel of regionalisms

to me, but "armload" doesn't seem like a regionalisms either. DARE, however,

has clear evidence of regional tendencies in the use of "armload" and

"armful". (Jack Chambers speculated that initial "as well" might be a

Canadianism.) DMLance

Now you've got me curious! What is the regional distribution of

"armload," since it sounds fine to me? I don't think I use it, nor do I

use initial "as well," although it also sounds familiar to me--possibly

the result of my 20 years in Canada before moving to the U.S. 30 years ago....

Keith Russell