Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 20:56:10 -0600
From: "DICK HEABERLIN, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY" DH12[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SWT.EDU
Subject: Re: hmm.. what's cajun English, then?
San Marcos, Texas 78666
I haven't made a study of Cajun English in Southeast Texas
(But it would be interesting.) All I can assert is that the
expressions "buku" and "bukuz of" were, in the forties and early
fifties, common expressions by both those who were undoubtedly
anglo and those recently from Louisiana many of whom could
and did regularly speak French. When I took French
in college, I learned the phrase "beaucoup de" and assumed that
"bukuz" was an English speaker's version. Orange was a Navy town, and the
phrase may have arrived in East Texas from the military connection. But
I think the Louisiana source is much more likely.
I never hear the phrase in central Texas. I wonder
if it is still part of Southeast Texas English.