Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 13:04:03 EST From: flanigan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU Subject: old maids Ohio University Electronic Communication Date: 10-Jan-1996 12:54pm EST To: Remote Addressee ( _mx%"ads-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]" ) From: Beverly Flanigan Dept: Linguistics FLANIGAN Tel No: Subject: old maids I used the term 'old maid' for unpopped kernels of corn as a child in Minnesota, but my mother (b. 1906) used it even more, as I recall. Testing its generational depth, I just asked my 26-yr-old son first if the term meant anything to him, and he suggested the card game and non-marriage; then I asked if he had ever heard it used for unpopped corn, and he said no. This would suggest that I never passed the usage on to him, and upon reflection I think this is true. Thus, the "old-fashioned" interpretation may be correct. Hope this helps, Joan. Beverly Flanigan Received: 10-Jan-1996 01:04pm