Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 10:50:12 -0500 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Sound change in progress or A New York Moment An interesting tidbit from this morning's New York Times. Every Wednesday, they publish a column called Metropolitan Diary, which contains readers' reports of (purported) quintessential New York Moments, overheard conversational gems, and the like. (I say purported, because they once published as 'true' cute kid story something that my mother had heard as a joke in New Mexico.) Herewith the last item from today's column: Dear Diary: Searching through the maze of Bloomingdale's with a friend who had to find socks to go with the shoes she had just bought, I stopped in front of a young clerk handing out store guides. The following conversation occurred. Me: Excuse me, where are socks? Guide: They're at 50th and Fifth. Me, puzzled: Socks? Guide, insistent: Yes, 50th and Fifth Avenue. I asked the next guide where I could find hosiery. Decoding for non-New Yorkers: Bloomingdales is on Lexington Avenue, at or near 59th St. Saks Fifth Avenue is indeed on Fifth Avenue, at 50th St. I assume that most ADS-Lers know the socioeconomics of Saks; Bloomingdales is similar economically, but a bit trendier (for instance, it has a nickname, Bloomies...) Alice Faber faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]