Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 17:53:45 EST
From: CAG CAG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AM.OUP-USA.ORG
Subject: Re: Little DARE queries
RE: "Little" DARE queries
Well, if we're talking about *non-related persons* called "big"
and "little" ...
When I was about 16 yrs. old (in the suburbs of northern New
Jersey in 1968) there were four Cathys in the neighborhood, of
which I was one. Two of the Cathys were about 4 or 5 yrs. old and
the fourth was the mother of one of the little girls -- and she
was at least 28 yrs of age.
There were several children of all ages in the 'hood and, among
them, they named the four of us: One little Cathy was called
"Cathy;" her mother was, of course, called Mrs. Mahoney; the other
little girl was named "Cass" by her brother who lisped -- and this
name for her was picked up by everyone -- and I, by extension,
became "Big Cass," much to my embarrassment due to my blossoming
teenage figure. But it was remarkable how the kids' names for all
of us caught on and were used by *everyone* -- kids and adults
alike -- all the time.
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