Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 17:53:45 EST From: CAG 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. Cathy Guldner Oxford University Press cag[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]