Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 14:59:41 -0600
From: Miriam Meyers mmeyers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUS1.MSUS.EDU
Subject: Re: 'old maid'
Yes. I never heard it growing up in the South (Atlanta), or even on the
east coast, though it may have been present in my northerly east coast
homes. I learned it here (Minneapolis) from a friend whose parents hail
from Virginia and W. Virginia (though they may have picked it up elsewhere
in their movings about).
Miriam Meyers/Metropolitan State University/Mpls-St. Paul
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.
Metropolitan State University
mmeyers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msus1.msus.edu