Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 21:40:49 EST
From: Laura Johnson laurance[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JUNO.COM
Subject: Re: canoodle [long]

Total newbie here who has somehow gotten on this list by accident in
trying to subscribe to another list on a completely unrelated topic.

I notice someone referred to John Dickson Carr in a paragraph about
British authors. This author was not British at all. He was from
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and when he and my mother were kids, she knew
him by name and by sight. Uniontown is a smallish town in the southwest
of the state, not too far from Pittsburgh, and since I seem to have
accidentally dropped into a list on dialect, you might be aware that
there were some regional words there.

The side of the road was the berm, not the shoulder, and we'd toodle, or
maybe tootle on over instead of come on over. We kids would rootsch
around, whereas other kids would fidget. We'd momix things up, while
other people would mess and mix things up. I heard my mother use these
words, but I never heard them from anyone else until I met someone from
Uniontown who spoke of the words peculiar to that area. This is all I
can think of on the spur of the moment.

And now I will go and try to find out what happened to the list I was
trying to subscribe to. But if you don't mind, I'd like to stick around
here on your list for a while, because language and dialects are of great
interest to me.


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