Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 16:13:30 -0600


Subject: cheap folks

Did any other people grow up hearing the pronunciation

/chIn'-chi/ for the word "chintzy," meaning 'stingy', rather than


I'm not sure how to represent this without IPA, and I apologize for the

eye-dialect. I say it with the obvious assimlatory process of two

affricates and I swear I've heard other people say it that way.

Although I have now (since this event happened) gotten corrected for my


I know that "chintzy" is in Webster's, but I was curious

about how widespread the usage is. This was a very common word when

I was growing up in the northern part of rural Louisiana, but

others in my age cohort (mid thirties) don't seem to use it.

Speaking of not using things, in the last few months I've been stopped

several times mid-sentence by people saying things like "What did you

say? I've never heard that expression before" Or "Gee, the last time

I heard that my grandmother said it." I feel like a fossil. These

expressions that have given people double-takes (native

Southerners all) include

"tight as Dick's hatband"

"poor as Job's turkey" (which was always weird to me because

turkeys are New World animals)

"handy as a pocket on a shirt"

"sword of Damocles" (and don't anybody try and tell me *this* is

a quaint regionalism)

Are all these sayings archaic now?

Shana Walton