Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 10:12:47 -0600

From: Miriam Meyers mmeyers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUS1.MSUS.EDU

Subject: Re: cheap folks

I'd actually forgotten about 'chinchy' until this discussion started on the

list. It was very much part of my Atlanta dialect (40's and 50's) and

referred to stingy people.

I echo Rudy's comment on 'chinchy'. I recall being "corrected" at some

point as an adult and didn't appreciate the input because the "correct-

speaker" also had a different meaning for 'chintzy' than I had for

'chinchy'. I don't recall, but he was probably a speaker of SWINE, and

I spoke lowly South Midland. 'Pinchy'/'Pinche' was also useful as a

negative epithet because it carried some other savory connotations that

called for careful use. You have to have lived in the Valley to understand

the nuances. DMLance

Miriam Meyers

Metropolitan State University