Date: Fri, 5 Jan 1996 17:05:02 -0600
From: Cynthia Bernstein bernscy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU
Subject: Re: 'old maid'
Of the 23 students (juniors and seniors) in my Introduction to
Linguistics class at Auburn, only 1--a 24-year-old female from
Jacksonville, Florida (parents from Iowa and South Dakota)--was familiar
with 'old maid' in this context.
Dept. of English
Auburn University, AL 36849-5203
On Fri, 5 Jan 1996, Joan Hall wrote:
DARE's anecdotal evidence suggests that the term 'old maid,' for an unpopped
kernel of popcorn, is chiefly North and North Midland. But we didn't ask
this on our Questionnaire, so we don't have nationwide coverage. Are you
familiar with this term? If so, when and where? Thanks in advance.